Published: Wed, March 28, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation expels 7 Russian envoys, blocks 3 new ones

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation expels 7 Russian envoys, blocks 3 new ones

Russian double agent Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with a nerve agent identified by Britain as the Soviet-made "Novichok" in the English city of Salisbury on March 4.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation joined 25 governments around the world Tuesday in expelling Russian diplomats in response to a nerve agent attack in Britain, marking what London called a "turning point" in the West's relations with Moscow.

Russian Federation has denied any involvement.

They mostly work now from Russian diplomatic premises in central Brussels.

As UNIAN reported earlier, European Union member states, the USA, as well as Ukraine announced plans on Monday to expel more than 100 Russian diplomats in retaliation for the attack.

The Prime Minister added: "It is also important to note that our partners are not only taking these measures out of solidarity with the United Kingdom, but also because they recognise the threat that these Russian networks pose to the security of their own countries and the pattern of Russian aggression which has affected us all".

Asked on Monday about a report that the USA would also expel Russian diplomats, presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that Russia will act according to the principle of reciprocity.

"The Prime Minister said the conditions demonstrate the continuing strength of our European. transatlantic and global alliances and partnerships".

Prime Minister Theresa May, answering questions about Britain's response to Russia's suspected involvement in a poisoning in England, said her government was conducting a review of visas issued to wealthy foreign investors.

"Yesterday was a significant moment in our response to this reckless act of aggression, but there is still more to be done as we work with worldwide partners on a long-term response to the challenge posed by Russian Federation", her spokesman reported May as saying.

Britain has emphasized that the attack took place in the context of "reckless behavior" by Russian President Vladimir Putin, including the annexation of Crimea. "I believe yesterday was a moment when the cynicism of the propaganda machine was exposed for all to see", he said.

Ireland followed suit today by chucking out one of their officials - following in the footsteps of the US, France, Germany, Spain and several others.

In addition, the Russian consulate general in Seattle will be closed, the White House said.

The Russian embassy in Washington responded by asking its Twitter followers to vote on which U.S. consulate should be closed, listing those in Vladivostok, St Petersburg and Yekaterinburg as options.

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