Russia spy poisoning: 23 UK diplomats expelled from Moscow



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Britain’s ambassador to Russia, Laurie Bristow, was summoned to Russia’s foreign ministry

Russia is to expel 23 British diplomats amid tensions over the nerve agent attack on a former spy and his daughter in the UK.The Russian foreign ministry said the diplomatic staff from Britain’s Moscow embassy would be “declared persona non-grata” and expelled within a week. The move comes in response to Britain’s decision to expel 23 Russian diplomats. They were ordered to leave over the incident on 4 March which the UK government has blamed on Russia. In a statement, the ministry also said it would close the British Council in Russia and withdraw permission for Britain to open a general consulate in St Petersburg.Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia Skripal, 33, remain critically ill in hospital, after they were found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

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