PressTV-Russia ‘to expel 23 UK diplomats’ in tit-for-tat move

Russia is expelling 23 British diplomats and has threatened further measures amid a growing diplomatic dispute over the alleged poisoning of a former Russian double agent in Britain.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday that it would expel the British diplomats in retaliation for London’s “provocative” measures over the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter allegedly with a nerve agent in Salisbury in southern England.

“Twenty three diplomatic staff at the British Embassy in Moscow are declared persona non grata and to be expelled within a week,” the ministry said in a statement after summoning British Ambassador Laurie Bristow.

This file image shows British Ambassador to Russia Laurie Bristow arriving at the Russian Foreign Ministry headquarters in Moscow on March 13, 2018. (By AFP)

The statement said the move was a response to Britain’s “baseless accusations over the incident in…

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