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Russia to expel 23 British diplomats as a payback

Russia to expel 23 British diplomats in retaliation of UK’s expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats: Russia’s foreign ministry.

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Russia will expel 23 British diplomats in retaliation against the United Kingdom’s expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats, Russia’s foreign ministry said.

The tit-for-tat expulsion follows after the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in London on March 4.

Blaming Russia for the poisoning, the UK said it would expel 23 Russian diplomats, the single biggest expulsion in more than 30 years.

Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were found unconscious on a bench outside a shopping centre in Salisbury, after they were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent. The two remain in critical condition in a hospital.

A former double agent, Skripal betrayed dozens of Russian agents to British intelligence before his arrest in Moscow in 2004. He was later sent to the UK in exchange for captured Russian spies.


SOURCE: Al Jazeera

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