Ukraine’s Internal Ministry stated that Russian diplomats, who are to be expelled, are the representative of Russian special services. Mariana Betsa, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, said on air of 112 Ukraine.
“Being solidary with our British partners, transatlantic partners, European allies we along with the relevant authorities made a decision to expel from Ukraine 13 Russian diplomats out of those few who stayed, from Kyiv and from Russian Consulate General in Ukraine. We got all the evidence, these 13 diplomats are Russian special services officers. Anytime soon they will be expelled from Ukraine. Russian Charge d’Affairs in Ukraine is just about to receive a relevant note on the expulsion of these diplomats, who will be declared personae non grata,” she said.
“This is just the beginning of that policy towards Russia, which will lead it to the further isolation due to its negligence of the international law, violation of sovereignty and territorial integrity of another state. No doubt, anti-Russian sanctions should be intensified and all the partners understand,” Betsa added.
Earlier, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko stated that Ukraine made a decision to expel 13 Russian diplomats due to ex-GRU officer Skripal poisoning in Britain.
As we reported earlier, the ex-officer of the Russian armed forces Sergei Skripal was poisoned in the British city of Salisbury on March 4. Later, Prime Minister Theresa Mey stated that responsibility lies on Russia, and the investigation confirmed the use of the nerve gas, produced in Russia.
The UK expelled 23 Russian diplomats from the country as part of a response to the Salisbury incident. Later, the European Union decided to withdraw its ambassador from Russia for consultations. The Russian Foreign Ministry considers May's accusations regarding "the case of Skripal" a provocation.