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Russia to expel 23 British diplomats

Source : 112 Ukraine

The diplomats have to leave the country in a week
12:05, 17 March 2018

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Russia is to 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.

The representatives of Russia’s Foreign Ministry added that the British Council is not anymore functioning in Russia.

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“The British side is warned that if it takes any further measures against Russia, Russia has a right to take other responsive actions,” Russian Foreign Ministry informs.

Earlier, Theresa May claimed that Russia was highly likely to be involved in Skripal’s poisoning. Late, Great Britain officially confirmed the use of Novichok nerve agent in Salisbury.

Official London called the incident “indiscriminative and irresponsible attack on the UK, after which innocent civilians ran the risk,” Russian Foreign Ministry considers British accusations a provocation, which disrupts dialogue with Great Britain.

Later, Britain decided to expel 23 Russian diplomats to the incident in Salisbury. Russian diplomats had a week to leave Great Britain. Besides, Britain will tighten control at the customs and check of private planes for the same reason.

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As we reported earlier, Sergey Skripal, a former Russian military intelligence officer, and his daughter were poisoned in British Salisbury. Britain believes, that he was poisoned by Andrey Lugovoy, Duma deputy, who acted under the order of Russia’s government.

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