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Australia says it is expelling two of its diplomats and calling Moscow's action "disappointing".
The evictions of Moscow are a reaction to the expulsion of two Russian diplomats by Australia, which the government claims are unaccounted for intelligence agents. Australia says it has acted together with 28 other nations, which have displaced a total of 153 Russian diplomats in an unprecedented demonstration of global solidarity with Britain over the nerve agent attack on ex-spy Sergei Skripal. Moscow denies engagement
A joint statement by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop states that Moscow's evictions are unjustifiable.
She adds that the Russian government needs to explain how a Russian-developed military agent is being developed in the UK and why it was not declared a chemical weapons prohibition organization
Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu said Friday: "I do not know in numbers, but we can feel a very solid presence" of Russian spies.
It was the first direct comment by a senior Romanian official on the subject.
The relations between Romania and Russia, which are generally cool, have continued this week after Romania issued a Russian diploma in the nuisance attack on ex-spy Sergei Skripal. Russia reacted in the same way.
Russia's Ambassador to Romania, Valery Kuzmin, described the expulsion of Russian diplomats as a "manifestation of collective political madness", but Melescanu responded on Friday that "insanity was the attack in Salisbury"
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The Russian Foreign Ministry says a state-owned airline Aeroflot is being searched by the police at a London airport.
Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova Freitag said the British authorities did not give a reason for the search, which she called "the latest provocation."
The tensions between London and Moscow are high in the dispute over the nerve poisoning of a former Russian double agent and his daughter. Great Britain blames Russia for poisoning.
Each country has expelled 23 diplomats of the other country. Russia further escalated its reaction on Friday and called on the UK to reduce the number of its diplomats in Moscow to the level that Russia has in London. This number was not immediately clear.
Zakharova did not specify the London airport where the search took place, but a Heathrow-to-Moscow flight online had delayed its expected arrival by about three hours.
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The Russian Foreign Ministry accuses US intelligence agencies of recruiting Russian diplomats who have been expelled by the US in a diplomatic conflict over the poisoning of an expo in the UK.
The Ministry said on Friday that it has seen a "sharp increase in provocative actions against Russian diplomats" following the US decision earlier this week to order 60 Russian diplomats.
It was said that American intelligence agencies had made "desperate efforts" to offer cooperation offers to the displaced diplomats. The ministry described the alleged US overtures as "cynical and disgusting," adding that they had failed.
Two dozen countries ordered more than 150 Russian diplomats in a solidarity broadcast with Britain over the nervous attack on ex-spy Sergei Skripal. Moscow rejects the participation and has responded.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass says his country is "ready for dialogue" with Russia – but stresses that the expulsion of four Russian diplomats was the right thing to do.
Maas says Friday that Russia has repatriated four German embassy employees in retaliation. He said the "tit-for-tat" migration was "not surprising." He said: "We did not make the decision to drive the Russian diplomats away."
The minister says Germany's response to the poisoning of a former Russian intelligence officer London "was a necessary and appropriate political signal, in solidarity with Great Britain and because Russia has rejected any clarification of the matter."
Maas said nonetheless that Germany was ready to "work for a constructive future between our countries."
The Russian foreign ministry says it has informed ambassadors of most countries that the expulsion of Russian diplomats have ordered that an equal number of their diplomats have been declared as persona non grata  A statement by the Ministry on Friday said that the ambassadors are from 23 of the countries related to the poisoning of a former Russian double agent On Thursday, Russia announced that it would expel 60 US diplomats and close the Consulate in St. Petersburg in retaliation for Washington's move.
The countries informed on Friday about evictions from Australia, Albania, Germany , Denmark, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Canada, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, the Ni ederlande, Norway, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Finland, France, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Sweden and Estonia
It is said that Russia would consider deportation of diplomats from Belgium, Hungary, Georgia and Montenegro.
The statement did not mention NATO, which lists seven Russians.
In a diplomatic dispute between Russia and West, Consulate of the United States consulate in St Petersburg has paused for a pizza
A delivery van delivered more than 20 pizzas on Friday Consulate, which had Moscow closed in the worsening diplomatic war between Russia and the West. The closure of the consulate in Russia's second-largest city reflects the US move to close the Russian consulate in Seattle.
Two dozen countries, including the US and many EU countries, and NATO this week ordered more than 150 Russian diplomats a demonstration of solidarity with Britain over the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, London for Blamed Russia. Moscow has vehemently denied involvement in the attack of the neurologists and announced the expulsion of the same number of diplomats from each nation.
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Bulgaria's prime minister says his country will not drive out Russian diplomats in response to the nerve agent's attack on an ex-spy in Britain.
Bojko Borissov said after a meeting of the Security Council of the government, his government is looking forward to further evidence of the attack on ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia
The government has decided that Bulgaria is now on the full support for Britain, which was already declared at the European Council and recalled its ambassador from Moscow for consultations.
Borissov said that Bulgaria, the current rotating EU Presidency should keep the channels of communication with Russia open.
Bulgaria, once Moscow's closest ally, is still heavily dependent on Russian gas For its Soviet-era military equipment and considerable revenue from the tourism industry
British officials say the Russian order to reduce Britain's diplomatic presence in Moscow was "regrettable," but had been foreseen.
The Russian Foreign Ministry says it has ordered Britain to reduce the number of its diplomats in Moscow to the level that Russia has in London.
A statement issued by the Foreign Ministry on Friday said the Russian action "does not change the fact that the nerve agent attacked ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter.
He says there is no alternative to the conclusion that that the Russian state is responsible for the attempted "murder of two people" on British soil. "
The Foreign Ministry says Russia stands" blatantly in violation of international law and the Chemical Weapons Convention. "
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The Russian Foreign Ministry says it has ordered Great Britain to reduce the number of its diplomats in Moscow to the level that is Russia in London and firing another salvo in a diplomatic war over the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in the UK.
The ministry said it summoned the British ambassador Friday to make him protest over the "provocative and unfounded actions of Britain that triggered the expulsion of Russian diplomats from various nations for no reason." There was Friday that London one Month has to reduce its diplomatic staff to the same number of diplomats that Russia has in the UK.
This number was not immediately clear.
Two dozen countries, including the US and numerous EU countries, and NATO have ordered more than 150 Russian diplomats this week in a solidarity broadcast with Britain over the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his London-accused daughter on Russia. Moscow has denied the participation and announced on Thursday to distribute the same number of diplomats from each country.
The Russian Foreign Ministry says it calls ambassadors from the countries, the Russian diplomats about the poisoning of an ex-spy in the UK, which should give them messages about Moscow's answer.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced on Thursday that Moscow will distribute the same number of diplomats from each of the nations that are ordering Russian diplomats. The State Department said it would summon ambassadors from these nations on Friday to announce retaliatory measures.
Earlier this week, two dozen countries, including the US and many EU countries, and NATO have expelled more than 150 Russian diplomats for ex-poisoning -pey Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. A hospital she treated said on Thursday that the woman is improving quickly and is now in a stable condition, although her father remained in critical condition.
The Kremlin says it remains open to normalizing relations with the US and other nations despite Moscow's consideration for their expulsion of Russian diplomats for poisoning a Russian expedition in the UK
The spokesman Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, said Friday that after the expulsion, Moscow was forced to take revenge from more than 150 Russian diplomats from two dozen countries, including the US and many EU states, and NATO. Peskov said that "Russia remains open to the development of good relations."
Moscow said it would identify the same number of diplomats from each country, commanding Russian diplomats. He called on the US Ambassador to announce the closure of the US Consulate in St. Petersburg and the expulsion of 60 US diplomats in response to Washington's move.
US Consulate personnel in St. Petersburg, Russia's second-largest city, are preparing to cease operations after the Russian government orders the closure of the consulate.
Russia has on Thursday expelled more than 150 diplomats, including 60 Americans, announced mass executions of Russian diplomats by Western countries over the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain.
Russia also ordered the closure of the US Consulate in St. Petersburg.
An Associated Press reporter on Friday saw consulate employees carry boxes out of the building and load them into a van. Several minivans drove out of the consulate while security also arrested a man throwing a paper coffee cup onto the building
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