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Moscow vows to answer USA 'blackmail'; North Atlantic Treaty Organisation expels Russian staff

28 March 2018, 12:57 | Floyd Cook

Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz

Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation decided Tuesday to withdraw the accreditation of seven staff at the Russian Mission to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in response to the row over the poisoning of Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Britain on March 4.

The Nato official said the latest action was "a clear and very strong message that there was a cost to Russia's reckless actions" in poisoning the agent earlier this month.

Earlier, in response to Skripal case, the US President Donald Trump ordered the removal of 60 Russian diplomats, which is the largest explusion in the history of the US-Russia ties.

They were found on March 4 unconscious on a public bench in the city and a British court says they may have suffered permanent brain damage in the attack.

British officials say Russian Federation has sought to divert attention by putting out more than a dozen explanations for the attack, the first using a nerve agent in Europe since World War II.

"It appears Moscow misjudged the strong global condemnation to its attempt to murder a former Russian intelligence officer and his daughter", wrote the Soufan Group security firm Tuesday.

Moscow has fiercely denied any involvement in his attempted murder, instead pointing the finger at London.

The Kremlin has accused Britain of whipping up an anti-Russia campaign and sought to cast doubt on the British analysis that Moscow was responsible.

This has been done so far by several other European countries that are not members of the EU: Ukraine (13), Norway (one), Albania (two) and Macedonia (one).


"This is the result of colossal pressure, colossal blackmail which is the main instrument of Washington on the worldwide arena", Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday.

"Yesterday was a significant moment in our response to this reckless act of aggression, but there is still more to be done as we work with worldwide partners on a long-term response to the challenge posed by Russian Federation", her spokesman said, reporting remarks made by May at a cabinet meeting.

Dublin said it will expel one Russian diplomat, while Chisinau announced it had asked three diplomats to leave the country.

As UNIAN reported earlier, European Union member states, the US, as well as Ukraine announced plans on Monday to expel more than 100 Russian diplomats in retaliation for the attack.

Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed the move and said it sent a strong message to Moscow that it can not ignore global law.

Western officials made it clear in announcing the expulsions that they share Britain's assessment that only the Russian state could have been behind the incident.

Johnson also accused Russian Federation of seeking to avoid pressure by putting out a variety of explanations for what Western officials say was the first offensive use of a chemical weapon in Europe since World War II.

Ryabkov said the US move "will be met with a tough response" but he did not elaborate.



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