Russia summons British ambassador as This kind of readies to expel diplomats

Russia's President Vladimir Putin looks on during a meeting with his election representatives at Moscows Gostiny Dvor; Putin is actually running for re-election from the 2018 Russian presidential election scheduled for March 18, 2018.

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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin looks on during a meeting with his election representatives at Moscows Gostiny Dvor; Putin is actually running for re-election from the 2018 Russian presidential election scheduled for March 18, 2018.

Russia has decided to expel 23 British diplomats who must leave Moscow within a week, its foreign ministry said on Saturday, after a meeting with Britain’s ambassador to Russia, Laurie Bristow.

In retaliation for British Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to kick out 23 Russians, Moscow has also decided to close the British Council in Russia in addition to to withdraw permission for Britain to open a general consulate in St Petersburg, the ministry said in a statement.

This kind of added that will This kind of has the right to take different “responsive measures”, if there are further hostile steps by London.

After the first known offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since World War Two, Britain has pointed the finger at Russia’s president Vladimir Putin, in addition to on Thursday May gave the 23 Russians — who she said were spies working under diplomatic cover at the embassy in London — a week to leave.

Moscow has denied any involvement from the attempted murder of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in addition to his daughter.

This kind of has cast Britain as a post-colonial power unsettled by its impending exit by the European Union, in addition to even suggested London fabricated the attack to whip up anti-Russian hysteria.

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