Russian Federation to expel 60 United States diplomats, close a USA consulate: Lavrov

02 April, 2018, 01:11 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May centre is briefed by members of the police as she views the area where former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found critically ill in Salisbury England Thursday

Washington and Moscow have clashed over Russia's annexation of Crimea in Ukraine, the war in Syria and allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential election.

According to her, it is clear that the government of Georgia attaches more importance to the interests of outer country that of its own. "We are reviewing it, and we'll respond accordingly", Nauert said. He said that the expulsions directed against Russian Federation were "absolutely unacceptable" and said they had been "taken under the toughest pressure of the US and Britain under the pretext of the so-called Skripal case". She declined to discuss what additional measures the Trump administration could take.

Russia on Thursday announced the expulsion of more than 150 diplomats, including 60 Americans, in response to mass expulsions of Russian diplomats by Western countries over the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain. The United States expelled 60 Russians on Monday.

In total, more than 140 diplomats from 25 countries.

"What we are seeing here is the worsening of diplomatic relations, a tit-for-tat response", added Challands, describing the crisis as "severe". Russia, according to Ministry's note, is ready to collaborate in establishment of truth and search for people involved in events of Salisbury "both in framework of formats and mechanisms of global and bilateral law".

"There is no justification for the Russian response".


On Friday, the UK's ambassador to Moscow was told London had one month to cut its diplomatic contingent in Russia to the same size as the Russian mission in Britain.

On Friday, ambassadors from Albania, Australia, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden and Ukraine were told to send home staff from their missions - corresponding to the same number of Russians their countries had expelled. The expulsions of Russian diplomats have taken place before end of investigations and are result of meeting of European Council of 23 March, in which, judging by solidarity demonstrated, Theresa May convinced still partners of European Union that Moscow was involved in poisoning.

Skripal, 66, a double agent who was swapped in a spy exchange deal in 2010 and went to live in England, and his daughter Yulia Skripal, 33, were found unconscious on a public bench in a shopping centre in Salisbury on March 4. Mr Skripal remains in a critical but stable condition.

Russia has denied involvement in the attack on the Skripals and said it suspected the British secret services were trying to frame Russia to stoke anti-Russian hysteria.

Video footage showed the ambassadors of various countries arriving at and leaving the Foreign Ministry building in Moscow on Friday.

United Kingdom police said this week they believed the Skripals first came into contact with the nerve agent at Sergei Skripal's home in Salisbury.

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