Saturday, 31 March 2018

Spy poisoning: Russia told Britain more than 50 of its diplomats will have to leave



Russia has told Britain a total of more than 50 of its diplomats will have to leave, amid a deepening row over the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in the UK.

 
Moscow initially expelled 23 British diplomats after 23 Russian diplomats were ordered out by London.


But now the Russians are insisting that even more UK diplomats should leave.


It says the UK and Russian diplomatic missions should be the same size in each country.


In practice that would mean at least another 27 UK officials being sent home, the BBC's Paul Adams reports from Moscow.
The British government blames Russia for the nerve agent attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal. Moscow denies it.


On Friday the British ambassador in Moscow, Laurie Bristow, was told that the UK had a month to cut its diplomatic mission in Russia to the same size as the Russian mission in Britain.




BBC      News.