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Russia Expels 23 British Diplomats, Shuts British Council

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Russia Expels 23 British Diplomats, Shuts British Council

Sputnik/ Maksim Blinov

On March 17, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that 23 employees of the UK Embassy in Moscow will be expelled from Russia in response to the similar move made by the UK.

“A total of 23 diplomatic employees of the UK Embassy in Moscow are declared personae non gratae and must leave [Russia] within a week,” the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry also revoked its agreement on opening and operation of the UK Consulate General in the Russian city of St. Petersburg. Russia also suspended the activity of the British Council over the lack of proper regulation, regarding its status.

The ministry added that Russia retained right to respond if the UK continued to take unfriendly steps.

Meanwhile, UK ambassador to Russia, Laurie Bristow, was also summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow.

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