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20 countries expel Russian diplomats
27 March, 2018
20 countries have expelled Russian diplomats in response to the poisoning of a former Russian spy in England. The United States announced it was responding by expelling 60 Russian intelligence officers.
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Prime Minister Theresa May gave the 23 diplomats a week to leave Britain

Ukraine has expelled 13 diplomats, France: 4
diplomats; Germany: 4 diplomats; Canada: 4 diplomats (and it said three others' applications to serve in Canada); Poland: 4 diplomats; Lithuania: 3 diplomats; Czech Republic: 3 diplomats; Netherlands: 2 diplomats; Italy: 2 diplomats; Denmark: 2 diplomats; Spain: 2 diplomats; Estonia: 1 diplomat; Latvia: 1 diplomat; Romania: 1 diplomat; Finland: 1 diplomat; Croatia: 1 diplomat; Hungary: 1 diplomat; Sweden: 1 diplomat; Norway: 1 diplomat.
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US, EU countries expel over 100 Russian diplomats over spy poisoning. Photo: The Morung Express

The United Kingdom earlier this month sent home 23 Russian diplomats - after saying Russia was behind the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury.

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Police officers gather outside the Russian Embassy in Paris on March 26, 2018, after France announced it will expel four Russian diplomats

The UK expeled 23 Russian diplomats after Moscow refused to explain how a Russian-made nerve agent was used on a former spy in Salisbury. Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom said the diplomats, who have a week to leave, were identified as "undeclared intelligence officers".
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Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Teresa May

The White House said it "stands in solidarity" with "its closest ally" the UK and supported its decision to expel 23 Russian diplomats.

In the statement, Donald Trump's press secretary Sarah Sanders said the US wanted to ensure "this kind of abhorrent attack does not happen again".
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President of the United States Donald Trump

She described the expulsion of Russian diplomats from Britain as "a just response".

"This latest action by Russia fits into a pattern of behaviour in which Russia disregards the international rules-based order, undermines the sovereignty and security of countries worldwide, and attempts to subvert and discredit Western democratic institutions and processes," she said.

"On March 4, Russia used a military-grade nerve agent to attempt to murder a British citizen and his daughter in Salisbury. This attack on our Ally the United Kingdom put countless innocent lives at risk and resulted in serious injury to three people, including a police officer. In response to this outrageous violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and breach of international law, today the United States will expel 48 Russian officials serving at Russia’s bilateral mission to the United States. We will also require the Russian government to close its Consulate General in Seattle by April 2, 2018. We take these actions to demonstrate our unbreakable solidarity with the United Kingdom, and to impose serious consequences on Russia for its continued violations of international norms. ‎
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Separately, we have begun the process of expelling 12 intelligence operatives from the Russian Mission to the United Nations who have abused their privilege of residence in the United States.

The United States calls on Russia to accept responsibility for its actions and to demonstrate to the world that it is capable of living up to its international commitments and responsibilities as a member of the UN Security," reads the official Facebook page of U.S. Department of State.

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