On March 27, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg announced that the military alliance will reduce the number of Russian officials accredited to it by 10. The move is justified by the alleged Russian involvement into the poisoning attack on the ex-Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK city of Salisbury.
In light of the dangerous pattern of Russian behaviour and lack of constructive response after #Salisbury, #NATO has decided to reduce the number of Russian officials accredited to NATO by 10. https://t.co/0lNUoqPUjQ
— Jens Stoltenberg (@jensstoltenberg) 27 March 2018
“This sends a clear message to Russia that there are costs and consequences for its unacceptable and dangerous pattern of behaviour.
And it follows Russia’s lack of constructive response to what happened in Salisbury.
Our actions reflect the serious security concerns expressed by all Allies, and are part of the coordinated international effort to respond to Russia’s behaviour.
They are proportionate, and in line with our legal obligations,” Stoltenberg stated.
On March 26, the US, Canada, Albania, Norway, Ukraine and some EU countries announced their decisions to expel about 100 Russian diplomats in connection with the so-called Skirpal case.