North Atlantic Treaty Organisation expels seven Russian diplomats over ex-spy poisoning

28 March, 2018, 00:33 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organisation expels seven Russian diplomats over ex-spy poisoning

On March 26, more than 20 countries announced their intention to expel Russian diplomats in solidarity with Britain because of the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury.

In protest at the Crimean annexation, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chose to curtail access to the headquarters for all Russian accredited North Atlantic Treaty Organisation diplomats barring the Russian ambassador, the deputy head of mission and two support staff.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said Monday that Russia "strongly protests" diplomats expulsion by the United States and 14 European countries over the ex-spy case, vowing to retaliate.

Nato's intervention came as it was revealed that 26 countries have now joined the United Kingdom in removing Russian envoys as part of joint action against the Kremlin.

"I welcome the global support that we have garnered", she said.

Speaking on a trip to Uzbekistan, Lavrov said the US has applied "colossal pressure, colossal blackmail, which have become Washington's main instrument on the worldwide arena".

Theresa May hailed the "unprecedented series of expulsions" of Russian diplomats across the globe following the assassination attempt against Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia earlier this month.

Moscow has denied any involvement in the incident.


They mostly work now from Russian diplomatic premises in central Brussels.

Ireland also announced it was ordering one Russian diplomat to leave. Turnbull slammed Russian Federation for "reckless and deliberate" conduct that he said harms global security and violates rules against the use of chemical weapons.

Britain has emphasized that the attack took place in the context of "reckless behavior" by Russian President Vladimir Putin, including the annexation of Crimea.

"There was a time when this tactic of sowing doubt might have been effective, but no one is fooled any more", Johnson wrote, adding that the expulsions were "a moment when the cynicism of the propaganda machine was exposed for all to see".

In addition, the Russian consulate general in Seattle will be closed, the White House said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov blamed the USA for strong-arming its allies to expel Russian diplomats.

The Russian Embassy in Washington asked its Twitter followers to vote on which USA consulate should be closed in response to the closing of the Russian consulate in Seattle, listing those in Vladivostok, St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg as options.

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