Australia is the latest country to expel Russian diplomats

27 March, 2018, 17:12 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Theresa May has expelled Russian diplomats

He has been criticised by Democrats and members of his own Republican Party for failing to be tough enough on Russia over USA allegations of Russian meddling in the US electoral system, including the 2016 presidential campaign.

Nearly all of the countries said publicly that the Russian diplomats they were expelling were actually spies.

Ukraine, which is not part of the European Union but is fighting a Moscow-backed insurgency in its east, said it was expelling 13 Russians. He said in a statement Tuesday that the two diplomats targeted are undeclared intelligence officers and have been given seven days to leave Australia.

"We have done a check in New Zealand".

HORSLEY: British Prime Minister Theresa May praised the solidarity and said the Western allies are not going to tolerate Russia's efforts to flout global law.

"Together we have sent a message that we will not tolerate Russia's continued attempts to flout worldwide law and undermine our values", British Prime Minister Theresa May told Parliament.

"It takes into account advice from the UK Government that the substance used on March 4th was a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russian Federation".

The Kremlin denies any involvement in the incident involving the Skripals. The pair remain in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

"This is the largest expulsion of Russian intelligence officers in United States history", said U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman.

"When we see these espionage tactics that are taking place right here at the heart of the United Nations, we can't have that", said Nikki Haley, Trump's ambassador to the United Nations.

Russian U.N. ambassador Vassily Nebenzia called it "a very unfortunate, very unfriendly move".

"Today President Donald J Trump ordered the expulsion of dozens of Russian intelligence officers from the United States and the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle due to its proximity to one of our submarine bases and Boeing", said the White House Press Secretary, Sarah Sanders.

That means that the more Russian spies the USA kicks out, the more of its own spies are likely to be forced out of Russia, Costa said. "Their aim is to divide, and what we are seeing is the world uniting behind the British stance - and that in itself is a great victory and sends an exceptionally powerful message to the Kremlin and President Putin". Mexico said it reserved the right to expel diplomats.

"The strong language contrasted with Trump's warm words of last week, when he overrode his advisors' concerns and congratulated Putin on his election win". John McCain, R-Ariz., called it "a welcome step forward in holding Putin accountable".

Trump himself was silent on Monday on Twitter, where he often comments about his policy decisions.

He also offered his condolences to the families and friends of the victims, starting the meeting with a moment of silence. "And this is not the type of conduct that the U.S. or our allies can accept", White House Deputy Principal Press Secretary Raj Shah told reporters at a news conference here.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, one of several European leaders who have experienced a strained relationship with Trump, was elated. It was a reckless action.

In real life, the cell members lived normal suburban lives, had USA -born children and assimilated. Donald Trump has ordered an unprecedented expulsion of Russian officials and warned the Kremlin needs to change, a setback for his courtship of Vladimir Putin, but perhaps not its end. Putin's government in turn ordered 23 British diplomats out of Russian Federation over what it called "unsubstantiated accusations". The officials said that the closure of the consulate in Seattle was ordered because of its proximity to a USA naval base and a Boeing Co. facility.

The number of ousted Russian officials - including a dozen at the United Nations - is nearly double the amount expelled by President Barack Obama in December 2016 in retaliation for Moscow's interference in the USA presidential election.

"There will be a mirror-like response", the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

In a bid to mock the moves, the Russian embassy in the USA even launched a poll on Twitter on which US consulate in Russia should be closed.

"The response will be symmetrical".

The Slovak foreign ministry said: "The development of the situation, as well as Russia's response to the calls addressed to it by the European Union countries - including Slovakia - will influence the next steps that we are prepared to consider in this case".

Following this, the United Kingdom announced a series of actions in response to the poisoning and expelled 23 Russian diplomats.



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