ST. PETERSBURG, Russia – The latest on the consequences of Russian ex-spying poisoning (always local):
The Russian Foreign Ministry says it has ordered Britain to reduce the number of its diplomats in Moscow to the level Russia in London has fired another salvo in a diplomatic war over the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in the UK.
The ministry said that it summoned the British ambassador Friday to protest him about "the provocative and unfounded actions of Britain that promptly triggered the expulsion of Russian diplomats from various nations." There was a London one on Friday Month has time 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 many EU countries, and NATO have this week ordered more than 150 Russian diplomats in a solidarity broadcast with Britain over the poisoning of Russia's ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, London for Blamed Russia. Moscow has denied the participation and announced on Thursday to expel the same number of diplomats from each nation.
The Russian Foreign Ministry says it is calling on 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
The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has announced on Thursday that Moscow will expel the same number of diplomats from each of the nations 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 states, and NATO have expelled more than 150 Russian diplomats for ex-poisoning – Spey Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. A hospital she treated said on Thursday that the woman was improving quickly and was 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 the expulsion of Russian diplomats over the poisoning of a Russian spy 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: "Russia remains open to the development of good relations."
Moscow said it would show the same number of diplomats from each country ordering 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 The consulate in St. Petersburg, Russia's second-largest city, is preparing to cease operations after the Russian government ordered 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 on top of the building
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