Russia has revealed it is expelling 60 American diplomats in a retaliatory move against the U.S. that looks most likely to include the expulsion of at least 4 Canadian diplomats also.
The move comes after the United States, the EU and some NATO allies expelled 150 Russian diplomats in an act of solidarity with Britain after a previous Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned in the U.K. with a military grade nerve agent.
Russia rejects having anything to do with the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury earlier this month.That rejection
did not, nevertheless, stop the U.S. from tossing out 60 Russian diplomats and closing the Russian consulate in Seattle in an act of solidarity with the U.K., which has expelled 23 Russians diplomats from its area.
Canada added to that overall by expelling 4 diplomats and declining to authorize 3 applications for another three Russian diplomatic personnel headed for Canada.
Inning accordance with the Associated Press, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at news conference Thursday that Moscow will retaliate versus each of those nations by expelling from Russia an equivalent variety of their diplomats. That would mean the expulsion of 4 Canadian diplomats.
“The measureswould be reciprocal … They consist of expulsion of the comparable number of diplomats and they include our decision to withdraw our contract to allow the United States’ general consulate to operate in St. Petersburg,” Lavrov informed reporters according to Reuters.CBC News called the Russian embassy in Ottawa seeking confirmation that Canadian diplomats will be expelled, but it has yet to supply a response. Tit-for-tat promise And while there has been no particular
statement about Canada, Russia has already ejected 23 U.K. diplomats. Russia also validated it will get rid of 60 U.S. diplomats and is closing the U.S. consulate in St. Petersburg in a tit-for-tat reprisal for the closure of the Seattle consulate. The Russian Foreign Ministry told the Associated Press that the United States diplomats being expelled consist of
58 from the U.S. embassy in Moscow and 2 from the United States consulate in Yekaterinburg. The St. Petersburg consulate should be left by Saturday and all U.S. diplomats on the expulsion list have actually been offered till April 5 to leave the country. Britain has blamed the attack on the 66-year-old Skripal and his daughter on Russian President Vladimir Putin and has identified the weapon as
a Soviet-era nerve agent called Novichok, which was left on the door of their home.Skripal, a previous Russian military intelligence who betrayed Russian agents to Britain then was exchanged in a spy swap offer, is still in a vital condition from the attack.His 33-year-old daughterwas likewise in a critical condition, though the English medical facility where she was being dealt with said on Thursday that her condition had enhanced. CBC News called Global Affairs Canada to ask if Ottawa has been
specifically informed about any Canadian expulsions but authorities have yet to respond.