Published: Tue, March 27, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

European Countries Expel 45 Russian Diplomats

European Countries Expel 45 Russian Diplomats

"We're not calling for blood", he said at the rally. Former KGB bodyguards identified as suspects in the murder denied any involvement. In total, 100 Russian diplomats were being removed, the biggest Western expulsion of Russian diplomats since the height of the Cold War.

More than a dozen other countries, including Australia, Italy and the Netherlands, have each expelled between one and three Russian diplomats or intelligence officers. I categorically condemn this anti-Russia provocation.

Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, remain hospitalized in critical condition.

The European Council has joined the United Kingdom and the United States in saying the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter was nearly certainly the work of the Russian government. A British policeman who was exposed to the nerve agent when he responded to the attack on the former Russian officer has now been released from treatment. Ukraine, a non-EU country with its own conflicts with Moscow, was expelling 13 Russians.

The Republic's move is in line with actions of 16 European Union members states as well as the United States, Canada and Australia. He said the Russian ambassador in Dublin has been informed that one diplomat from his embassy must leave Ireland. Seattle was a hub of Russian cyber espionage, both political and commercial, according to two USA intelligence officials. Naval Base Kitsap, the home port of U.S. Navy nuclear submarines in Washington state.

"Moldova does not have allied commitments to the United Kingdom and other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members in order to take such steps using the principle of bloc solidarity", Dodon wrote in a Facebook post. Among the 60 Russians expelled were a dozen posted to Russia's mission to the United Nations who senior US officials said were engaged in "aggressive collection" of intelligence on American soil.

The aggressive actions run counter to President Donald Trump's efforts to improve ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin and instead reflect the USA intelligence apparatus's growing concerns of increased Russian surveillance on Washington and critical military bases. Nor did Trump raise the accusations of poisoning of the ex-spy in a phone call with Putin last week.

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The closure of the Seattle consulate is a significant blow to Russian espionage, according to one former high-level US official who handled Russian intelligence.

Mike Carpenter, who served as deputy assistant secretary of defense with responsibility for the Russian Federation portfolio until January 2017, called the expulsions an important step, but more symbolic if not followed up with more consequential actions.

Fourteen EU member states have expelled dozens of Russian diplomats in an orchestrated reaction Monday, over the poisoning of.

The president of the European Community, Donald Tusk, suggested there could be more measures to come.

And the United States warned of an "unacceptably high" number of Russian spies in the US, describing them as a national security threat.

Skripal's poisoning, which Britain said employed the Soviet-era military-grade nerve agent Novichok, is the first known offensive use of a nerve toxin in Europe since World War Two. Russia's foreign ministry warned that the "unfriendly step by this group of countries will not pass without trace and we will respond to it".

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

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