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Response London: Russia to expel more than two dozen diplomats

Ответ Лондону: Россия высылает из страны более двух десятков дипломатовDiplomats must leave the country.

Russia announced the expulsion of 23 a British diplomat in response to similar actions of the British authorities.

Noted that this morning the British Ambassador Laurie Bristow was called to the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. There it was announced that 23 employees of the mission, declared persona non grata and must leave the country.

Also, as reported, the Russian side will close the British Consulate General in St. Petersburg, and Moscow will cease the activity of the British Council in Russia.

“Declared persona non grata and sent out in week 23 of the diplomatic officials of the British Embassy in Moscow. Given the disparity in the number of consular institutions of the two countries, speaks Russian agreement on the opening and operation of the General Consulate of great Britain in Saint-Petersburg. Appropriate procedures will be implemented in accordance with international legal practice. In connection with the unresolved status of the British Council in Russia terminated its activities”, – said in a statement the Russian foreign Ministry.

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