Russia Orders the Expulsion of 23 British Diplomats in Retaliation

Elias Hubbard
March 17, 2018

Russia's government is expelling 23 British diplomats and threatened further measures in retaliation in a growing diplomatic dispute over a nerve agent attack on a former spy in Britain.

"New Zealand fully supports the sovereign right of the United Kingdom to take the action it considers appropriate in response to this violation of worldwide law on its territory, " Ms Ardern and Mr Peters said.

Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia Skripal, 33, remain critically ill in hospital, after they were found unconscious on a bench in the Wiltshire city.

The diplomats to be expelled had been identified as "undeclared intelligence officers" and their removal would represent the single biggest expulsion in over 30 years, Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons on Wednesday, ahead of an urgent session of the UN Security Council to be held at Britain's behest to discuss the poisoning.

Moscow has denied any involvement in the attempted murder of Skripal and his daughter.

Russian Federation has expelled 23 British diplomats in a retaliatory move in the spy poisoning stand-off. Putin's spokesman denounced the claim.

Mr Lavrov, in remarks carried by the RIA Novosti news agency, said the move would come "soon", but added Moscow would inform London through official channels before publicly announcing its countermeasures.

Britain's ambassador to Russia, Laurie Bristow, has been summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow.

Mr Lavrov said Russian Federation will "of course" expel British diplomats and that he hopes the Skripals recover soon so light can be shed on what happened.

Mr Corbyn said Labour did not support Mr Putin and that Russian Federation should be held to account if it was behind the attack.

It has also been suggested that up to four mysterious deaths with links to Russian Federation might be reopened in the wake of the Skripal case. Russia's defence ministry said he was an "intellectual impotent" and Mr Lavrov said he probably lacked education.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said it is "overwhelmingly likely" that Russian President Vladimir Putin signed off the nerve agent attack.

Additionally, the Russian foreign ministry has said it reserves the right to take other measures against Britain in the event of further hostile steps from London.

Earlier this week Ms.

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