23 UK diplomats from Russia to go home, British Council terminated
He was handed a note stating that in response to the provocative actions of the British side and groundless accusations against the Russian Federation with regard to to the incident in Salisbury, UK on March 4, 2018, the Russian side has taken the following decisions in response.
Twenty-three diplomatic staff of the UK Embassy in Moscow are declared persona non grata and are to be expelled from Russia within a week.
Taking into account the disparity in the number of the two countries’ consular missions, the Russian Federation recalls its agreement on the opening and operation of the Consulate General of the United Kingdom in St Petersburg.
Respective procedures will be followed in accordance with international legal practice.
Due to the unregulated status of the British Council in the Russian Federation, its activities are terminated.
The British side is warned that in case of further unfriendly actions against Russia, the Russian side reserves the right to take further retaliatory measures. ■