New Zealand will not allow entry to Russian diplomats expelled by other countries in connection with a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy Sergei Skripal. The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern said this on Thursday. This was reported by Reuters.
"We will be asking our security partners to provide those names to us," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a joint statement with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters.
"Those names will then be placed on a travel ban list to ensure that individuals who have been found to undertake activities incompatible with their diplomatic status in other countries do not enter New Zealand."
Earlier New Zealand said it would not be following the lead of its Western allies in expelling Russian spies because it can’t find any.
As it was reported 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.
Theresa May, British Prime Minister, stated that Russia was highly likely to be involved in Skripal’s case. Later, Britain had officially confirmed the use of Novichok nerve agent in Salisbury. Due to this, British representative accused Russia of violating of UN Charter and Chemical Weapons Convention at the UN Security Council session.