New Zealand has said it would really like to expel Russian spies in retaliation for the Salisbury spy poisoning - it just can't find any to do it. It earlier announced that 23 Russian officials will be kicked out from Britain.
"As a sovereign European democracy, the United Kingdom will stand shoulder to shoulder with the EU and with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to face down these threats together". "It goes without saying that this unfriendly move by this group of countries will not go unnoticed".
"There will be a mirror-like response", the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Tweeted Foreign Minister Bishop, "Australia is expelling 2 #Russian diplomats in response to nerve agent attack in #UK - an illegal and shocking act in blatant breach of worldwide rules based order". Besides the embassy in Moscow, the USA has three consulates in the country. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news. Today we heard words of condolences, but we witnessed absolutely unjustified aggression. "If the Kremlin's goal is to intimidate and divide the Western alliance then their efforts have spectacularly backfired.' The US led the way with the expulsions, announcing that 60 Russian 'diplomats" would be booted out. All personnel involved will have seven days to leave the United States. He is a former Russian military intelligence officer accused of spying for the UK.
The way the entire situation was tackled by the White House, notably the justification for the Seattle Consulate closure due to its proximity to a submarine base and Boeing facilities, proves that it is a total farce, Ford said.
Some 23 nations have taken action, following the UK's lead.
The Russian chemist who helped develop the Soviet-era nerve agent used to poison Mr Skripal has insisted only Moscow could be behind the attack.
"The expulsions will be particularly destructive for Russian-American relations", he said, adding that he expects the West to issue "much more severe economic sanctions" against Russia in the future.
A Russian embassy spokesman in London said the "hostile step" of expelling the diplomats from various countries "was not unexpected".
France, Germany and Poland are each to expel four Russian diplomats with intelligence agency backgrounds.
The Netherlands will expel two Russian diplomats in solidarity with Britain, the Dutch government announced.
Estonia is to expel the Russian defense attache from the country in answer to the Salisbury chemical attack.
While Russia's diplomats may use modern platforms, their strategy is also rooted in far older concepts.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Twitter Monday's "extraordinary global response by our allies stands in history as the largest collective expulsion of Russian intelligence officers ever and will help defend our shared security".
The Russian embassy in Albania, where the government made a decision to expel two Russian diplomats, did not comment on the situation, but republished the statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow.
Relations between the United Kingdom and Russian Federation have seriously deteriorated after Skripal and his daughter were hit by a highly potent nerve agent in Salisbury on March 4, leaving them in a critical condition.
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