Russia to expel same number of envoys as West amid poisoning of ex-spy. The country’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thusday that his nation would respond “in kind” to sanctions imposed following the attack on Sergei Skripal, 66, ad his daughter Yulia, 33. The US’s steps came in the wake of a number of European countries expelling Russian diplomats from their territory on the pretext that Russia has poisoned the Skripals in Salisbury in England which was seen as a violation of border and also global law.
The U.K. first expelled 23 Russian diplomats earlier in the month, to which Russia replied tit-for-tat. Russia has ordered 60 United States diplomats to leave by April 5, the foreign ministry said on Thursday, in a retaliatory move against Washington which expelled a similar number of Russian diplomats over the poisoning of a Russian spy in England. The statement said the moves were made on the “principle of reciprocity”. It also warned US authorities against seizing any Russian state assets in America, saying that would lead “to the further serious degradation in our relations, with extremely grave consequences for global stability”.
British authorities say they were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent and have blamed Russian Federation. And Moldova, the ex-Soviet nation whose pro-Western government is seeking closer ties with the West, on Tuesday also ordered three Russian diplomats to leave within seven days.
Then in a joint statement on March 15, the leaders of the US, UK, France, and Germany said it was “highly likely that Russian Federation was responsible for the attack”. The Russian Foreign Ministry says Moscow will retaliate shortly to the Russian diplomats’ expulsions over the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in Britain. Trump, who has frequently adopted a warm stance toward Russian President Vladimir Putin, has railed against investigators, repeatedly describing the probe as a “witch hunt”. “Her condition is now stable”. As well, Estonia, Latvia, Croatia, Finland, Hungary, Sweden, and Romania said they would expel one Russian diplomat. His daughter’s condition is said to be improving. President Donald Trump spoke with British Prime Minister Theresa May about the coordinated effort by Western allies to expel Russian intelligence operatives. The ministry’s spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said Thursday that the Western research into the class of nerve agent called Novichok was reflected in numerous open source documents of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members. Police say they were likely exposed to the poison on the door of Sergei Skripal’s suburban house in Salisbury, where the highest concentration of the chemical has been found. Both remain in critical condition. British officials have previously rejected such Russian claims as nonsense.