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Skripal case: 23 Russian diplomats leave Russian embassy in London
17:13, 20 March 2018

Skripal case: 23 Russian diplomats leave Russian embassy in London

Great Britain and Russia squabble over the high-profile case of the ex-GRU agent and his daughter, poisoned in Salisbury

17:13, 20 March 2018

Reuters

The expelled Russian diplomats and their families left the premises of the Russian embassy in London. Reuters reported that on Tuesday. 

The officials left the territory in buses with diplomatic license plates - due to the responsive measure, taken by the UK in the high-profile case of the ex-GRU agent and his daughter, poisoned in Salisbury earlier this month. The said Russian diplomats are charged with espionage. 

As is known, the Skripals suffered a nerve agent attack in Salisbury, England, on March 4. They were taken to the hospital, where they currently remain, struggling for life. Their condition is stable but critical.

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The British government accused Russia of being behind the attack.

British Prime Minister Theresa May decided to expel 23 Russian diplomats due to the incident in Salisbury. Russian diplomats had a week to leave Great Britain. Besides, the law enforcers will tighten control at the customs and check of private planes for the same reason. In return, Russia said it would expel 23 British diplomats as a reaction to Britain’s actions. Russian Foreign Ministry informed in its announcement.

“23 diplomatic officers of British Embassy in Moscow are declared personae non-gratae and are expelled from the country within a week. Regarding the disparity between both countries’ consular institutions, Russia withdraws its consent to establish British Consulate General in Saint Petersburg,” the announcement says.

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