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Russia Vows To React To Diplomats' Expulsions

Russia Vows To React To Diplomats' Expulsions

The United States and its European allies are expelling dozens of Russian diplomats in a co-ordinated response to the poisoning of a former Russian spy in the UK. Fourteen European Union member states, Canada and Ukraine also moved on Monday to expel Russian diplomats.

The expulsion order includes 12 Russian intelligence officers from the United Nations mission in NY, while several nations including France and Germany will also expel diplomats.

The decision of a number of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and other European countries to expel Russian diplomats over the poisoning of the former double-agent Sergei Skripal amounts to a "provocative act" and only harms worldwide relations and the investigation of the incident, the Ministry said in a statement.

Asked whether the Baltic country would expel Russian diplomats, he said: "Lithuania will announce today national measures, including what you mentioned but not only that".

The United States has expelled 60 Russian diplomats over the poisoning of spy Sergei Skripal on British soil.

Moscow won't leave the provocative acts against Russian diplomats unanswered, the Foreign Ministry said, adding that several countries blindly copied the UK's "hypocritical" stance on the Skripal case in the absence of evidence.

- SPAIN, NETHERLANDS, DENMARK, ITALY, ALBANIA: Two Russian diplomats expelled from each country.

The expulsions of Russian diplomats came as the countries chose to show solidarity with the UK.

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"We welcome today's actions by our allies, which clearly demonstrate that we all stand shoulder to shoulder in sending the strongest signal to Russian Federation that it can not continue to flout global law", a statement from Mrs May's office said. London expelled 23 Russian diplomats.

- HUNGARY, SWEDEN, CROATIA, ROMANIA, FINLAND, ESTONIA: One Russian diplomat expelled from each country. The pair remain in a critical but stable condition in hospital. "For the first time since the end of the Second World War, a chemical warfare agent was used in the middle of Europe", said Germen Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

The U.S. will expel 60 Russian intelligence officers and order the Russian government to close its consulate in Seattle, the Trump administration announced Monday.

The European Union has already recalled its ambassador to Russian Federation.

Russian Federation promised it would take reciprocal action against Washington.

US officials estimated Monday there are now more than 100 Russian intelligence officers in the USA, according to the New York Times.

"Therefore a country which is leaving the European Union is exploiting the solidarity factor and is foisting on those countries that remain a worsening of relations with Russian Federation".

The United States has meanwhile chose to expel 60 Russian "spies".


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