Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Russian diplomatic staff and their families flew out of UK on Tuesday

Russian diplomats and their families have left the UK in an expulsion following the the Salisbury spy attack.

Diplomatic vehicles drove them from the embassy in London to Stansted Airport, where they boarded a plane to Moscow.

The UK expelled 23 diplomats after Prime Minister Theresa May said Russia was "culpable" for the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

The government will decide later on Tuesday whether to impose further sanctions on Russia.

Moscow has denied all involvement, and is expelling 23 British diplomats in response. The UK diplomats have until Saturday to leave Russia.

The Kremlin is also closing down both the British Council in Russia, which promotes cultural ties between the nations, and the consulate in St Petersburg.

Friends stood on the pavement outside the Notting Hill embassy to wave off the buses as they left

Russian diplomats accused of spying on Britain boarded a plane painted with the country's flag today after they were ordered out of the UK by Theresa May following the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal

A jet with the word 'Russia' in Cyrillic on the side, containing 23 suspected Russian spies flies east on its way to Moscow today

BBC     News.

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