The United States, European Union member states, Ukraine, and Canada have ordered the expulsion of dozens of Russian diplomats in response to the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in England — a move the Kremlin vowed to match with “the principle of reciprocity.”
US President Donald Trump ordered 60 Russian diplomats that the United States (US) considers spies to leave the country in response to the nerve-agent poisoning of a former Russian spy in the United Kingdom (UK) and closed Russia’s consulate in Seattle, senior administration officials said Monday as European allies prepared similar measures.
The U.K. already expelled 23 Russian diplomats in response to the attack on Skripal and his daughter, which Prime Minister Theresa May’s government determined was perpetrated by Russia. Putin’s government in turn ordered 23 British diplomats out of Russia over what it called “unsubstantiated accusations,” and the Kremlin on Monday said it would act reciprocally if Trump expels official.
Several European countries – Germany, France, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Netherlands and Ukraine – have announced a decision to expel Russian diplomats in the wake of the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in England.
Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury on March 4. They remain in critical condition.
EU members Germany, France and Poland are each to expel four Russian diplomats with intelligence agency backgrounds. Lithuania and the Czech Republic said they would expel three with Denmark, Italy and the Netherlands expelling two each. Ukraine, which is not an EU member, is to expel 13 Russian diplomats, and Canada four.
How countries responded against Russia over nerve agent attack
Britain – Expelled 23 Russians alleged to have worked as spies under diplomatic cover. Promised to freeze any Russian state assets that “may be used to threaten the life or property of UK nationals or residents”.
United States – Expelling 60 Russians, including 12 intelligence officers from Russia’s mission to UN headquarters in New York. Closing Russian consulate in Seattle.
Canada – Expelling four Russians alleged to have worked as spies.
France – Expelling four diplomats
Germany – Expelling four diplomats
Poland – Expelling four diplomats
Italy – Expelling two diplomats
Lithuania – Expelling three diplomats
Czech Republic – Expelling three diplomats
Netherlands – Expelling two diplomats
Denmark – Expelling two diplomats
Latvia – Expelling one diplomat
Estonia – Expelling one diplomat
Finland – Expelling one diplomat
Ukraine – Expelling 13 Russian diplomats