United Kingdom hails 'largest collective expulsion' of Russian diplomats

Russian electoral officials have officially declared incumbent President Vladimir Putin the winner of last Sunday's election. The Centra

Russian electoral officials have officially declared incumbent President Vladimir Putin the winner of last Sunday's election. The Centra

Mr Trump's order also included 12 Russians described by the USA officials as Russian intelligence officers from Russia's mission to the United Nations headquarters in NY and reflects U.S. concerns that Russian intelligence activities have been increasingly aggressive.

Russian Federation has consistently denied any involvement in the attack on the Skripals and demanded access to the UK's investigation.

The British government last week expelled 23 Russian diplomats in response to the attack on Skripal, and Freeland said Canada was acting in solidarity with its ally.

Fourteen EU member states have expelled dozens of Russian diplomats in an orchestrated reaction Monday, over the poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the United Kingdom.

The move was "in response to Russia's use of a military-grade chemical weapon", which is "the latest in its ongoing pattern of destabilizing activities around the world", said Sanders. During a phone call, Trump congratulated President Vladimir Putin on his victory in Russia's March 18 presidential election.

Skripal and his daughter, Yulia Skripal, were found slumped over, unconscious on a park bench in the southern English town of Salisbury.

The US State Department released a statement just recently to announce its decision to support its European allies. Other European Union members are also expected to follow the expulsions of Russian diplomats, as foreign ministries of Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia had already summoned Russian diplomats.

The moves announced Monday are the Trump administration's toughest response yet.

At least 10 European Union countries are preparing to take coordinated actions with the USA in response to the United Kingdom attack, two people with knowledge of the decision said. A senior US official emphasized to reporters Monday that the decision was the president's alone.

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Four Russian diplomats, serving at the Russian Embassy in Ottawa and the Consulate General in Montreal, will be removed.

Nearly all of the countries said publicly that those being expelled were actually Russians intelligence operatives working under diplomatic cover.

The poisoning of a Russian spy using a chemical nerve agent has prompted the European Union and the United States to expel all Russian diplomats.

"Mr. Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russian Federation", specifically from the Novichok group, May said following the attack.

"When you attack our allies, you face consequences", she said while explaining the United States actions. Additionally, the White House said Russia's consulate in Seattle will be closed.

Germany plans to expel four Russian diplomats in response to an alleged chemical-agent attack in the U.K., Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported. "It goes without saying that this unfriendly move by this group of countries will not go unnoticed".

The Russian Embassy in Ottawa called the expulsions "highly deplorable and outrageous", and accused Canada of "obediently" following the USA and Britain amid "baseless" allegations against Moscow.

The Trump administration on Monday expelled 60 Russian officials and shut down the Russian consulate in Seattle in one of the biggest diplomatic purges in bilateral history even as the US President had the mortification of having an adult film worker describe their alleged secret sexual tryst in some detail.

On March 14 London says Moscow is "culpable" and it will expel 23 of the 59 Russian diplomats in Britain.

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