Russia plans to expel more than 50 employees of the British diplomatic mission in addition to the 23 already expelled diplomats. This was stated by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova on her Facebook page.
According to her statement, the mass expulsion of Russian diplomats by several countries in Europe and in the world was a "London campaign."
"In retaliation to the actions of the British side within a month an appropriate staff will be reduced to bring the total number of employees of the British Embassy in Moscow and the British Consulate General in Russia in line with the number of Russian diplomats and administrative and technical workers who are on long-term business trips in the UK", said Zakharova.
She also clarified that at the moment the number of British employees in Russia exceeds the number of the Russian mission in the UK by more than 50 people.
We remind you that Russian diplomats are massively expelled from European countries and NATO countries because of the poisoning of ex-officer of the Russian intelligence Sergey Skripal in Salisbury. Britain accused the Kremlin of using chemical weapons, which led to poisonings among more than 20 British citizens.
It was reported about the deportation of Russians from about 30 countries around the world, including the United States, Canada and Australia. In addition, the number of accredited Russian diplomats has been reduced in representations of the governing bodies of NATO and the UN. Ukraine also joined the international community's response to the poisoning of Skripal and expelled 13 diplomats.