Moscow gives 23 British diplomats a week to pack

Moscow gives 23 British diplomats a week to pack
British Embassy in Moscow

Russia has declared members of the British diplomatic mission persona non grata.

British diplomats working in the embassy in Russia have been given a week to leave the country. All 23 members of the diplomatic mission are declared persona non grata, according to the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

The message stresses that such measures have been taken in response to the expulsion of Russian diplomats from London.

In addition, the Foreign Ministry reports that the British Consulate General in St. Petersburg is to be closed, given the “disparity in the number of consular institutions of the two countries.”

Moscow will also terminate the activities of the British Council in Russia “due to its unresolved status.”

“If further unfriendly actions are taken against Russia, the Russian side reserves the right to take other response measures,” the Ministry’s message says.

To recall, British Prime Minister Theresa May earlier announced that London considers Moscow to be involved in the poisoning of former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. According to May, Britain is ready to take the most stringent measures.

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