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North Atlantic Treaty Organisation expels seven Russian diplomats

28 March, 2018, 00:42 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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Nato has expelled seven Russian diplomats from its Brussels headquarters and will bar another three from working there, the organisation's Secretary General has said.

"This sends a clear message to Russian Federation that there are costs and consequences for its unacceptable and unsafe pattern of behaviour", the former Norwegian prime minister added.

Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed the move and said it sent a strong message to Moscow that it can not ignore worldwide law.

Mrs May's spokesman said the PM told the Cabinet the move against Russian Federation was "an unprecedented series of expulsions that has demonstrated to the Kremlin that we will not tolerate their attempts to flout worldwide law, undermine our values or threaten our security".

Sergei Skripal, a Russian military intelligence officer imprisoned by Moscow after being convicted of passing on information about Russian agents in various European countries, came to Britain in a 2010 spy swap.

British Prime Minister Theresa May called on Tuesday for a "long-term response" by the West to the security threat from Russia as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation followed member states in expelling Russian diplomats over the poisoning of a double agent in England. "No one wants to put up with such loutish behavior and we won't", Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on the sidelines of a conference in Uzbekistan.




In recent days more than 115 Russian diplomats have also been expelled across the globe in a diplomatic backlash against the Kremlin following the attack earlier this month.

With Downing Street saying that more than 115 Russian diplomats had been ordered home by friends and allies, Dublin added one more to the list.

A top Russian diplomat says Moscow is preparing a "tough response" to Monday's announcement by the United States that it is expelling 60 Russian diplomats. The British side claims that the Russian state is involved in the case, as nerve agent A234 was allegedly developed in the Soviet Union.

Also on March 27, British Prime Minister Theresa May told senior ministers that there was still more to be done in Britain's long-term response to Russian Federation.

The Russian embassy in Canberra accused Australia of blindly following Britain, adding that the decision jeopardised the bilateral relationship.

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