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Denmark, Finland, Netherlands to expel Russian envoys over spy attack

27 March 2018, 02:56 | Bernice Figueroa

Russia controls the world's largest supply of natural gas second-largest supply of coal and the eighth-largest supply of crude oil

Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin

According to the BBC, France, Germany, and Poland will each expel four Russian diplomats, with 11 other European Union countries sending a combined 18 back to Moscow. The Czech Republic and Lithuania are planning to expel three diplomats each.

"As a direct follow-up to last week's European Council decision to react to Russia within a common framework, already today, 14 member states have chose to expel Russian diplomats", he told a news conference in Varna, Bulgaria.

The White House said in a statement on Monday that the actions "make the United States safer by reducing Russia's ability to spy on Americans and to conduct covert operations that threaten America's national security".

Britain blames the Kremlin for the attack, and has been seeking support from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies since expelling 23 Russian diplomats itself on March 14.

"The four Russian diplomats have until midnight on April 3 to leave Poland". The pair remain in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

Last week, European Union chief Donald Tusk predicted that member states would introduce measures against Moscow over its suspected role in the poisoning.

Britain has accused Moscow of perpetrating the attack using a Soviet-developed nerve agent known as Novichok.


Germany, France and the United States have also announced they are each expelling Russian diplomats, with the US expelling 60 of them and calling the attack an "outrageous violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and a breach of worldwide law".

But Maas said the door for dialogue with Russian Federation remains open.

Retired military intelligence officer Skripal, 66, and his daughter, Yulia, 33, were found slumped on a bench in Salisbury city centre on March 4.

"With today's action, we are removing a large number of the unacceptably numerous Russian intelligence officers who abide in the United States", the official said. The Kremlin expelled 23 United Kingdom diplomats on March 17 in a tit-for-tat response to London. "Naturally, such a hostile move on part of this group of countries won't go unanswered", the Ministry said.

A dozen of these expelled diplomats are based at Russias Permanent Mission to the UN.

The US action is also the biggest move against Russian Federation since the Cold War era and the hostilities with the then Soviet Union. Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, said more steps are yet to come, "including additional sanctions".



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