U.S. President Donald Trump is preparing to expel dozens of Russian diplomats from the country due to the events in Salisbury, where ex-GRU officer Skripal was poisoned, as Bloomberg reports, referring to two resources.
It is noted that Trump agreed with his advisors’ recommendations and the expulsion is likely to be announced on Monday, March 26. However, the resource stressed that Trump’s decision was not final.
One of the people, familiar with the matter, said that some of Russian diplomats under the semblance of Embassy officers are believed to be officers of the intelligence service.
The White House informed, that Trump supports Britain in terms of Skripal’s case, but the President’s Administration “does not have any announcements”.
As we reported earlier, Skripal, ex-GRU officer, was poisoned in British Salisbury on March 4. Later, Theresa May, UK Prime Minister, stated that Russia was responsible for that, and the investigation confirmed the use of Novichok nerve agent, produced in Russia.
Great Britain expelled 23 Russian diplomats from the country as a reaction to the incident in Salisbury. Later, the Europen Union decided to withdraw its ambassador from Russia. Russian Foreign Ministry regards May's accusations on Skripal's case a provocation.