Europeans Join US In Kicking Out Russian Diplomats

Boris Johnson compares Skripal case to Crime and Punishment

Boris Johnson compares Skripal case to Crime and Punishment

Australia expelled two Russian diplomats Tuesday in response to the "shocking" Skripal attack, which Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said was part of "a pattern of reckless and deliberate conduct by the Russian state that constitutes a growing threat to worldwide security". The U.S., France and Germany have agreed it's highly likely Russian Federation was responsible.

"Seattle is an important tech center" of interest to Russian intelligence, said the official, pointing to the 2010 US arrests of 10 members of a Russian sleeper cell.

As well as the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal, who are still fighting for their lives having been found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury on 4 March, Turnbull cited interference in elections and threats to "the sovereignty of our partners".

Ryan says: "Civil nations don't act like that.it's important that we act in solidarity with our ally, particularly in this case the British, to condemn this kind of activity by Russian Federation".

Monday's wave of expulsions followed European Union leaders saying last week that evidence presented by May of Russian involvement in the attack was a solid basis for further action. We don't have Russian undeclared intelligence officers here.

It warned that there would be a tit-for-tat response to those countries "pandering to British authorities" without, Moscow claims, fully understanding what had happened.

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".

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The couple toured the £97million Titanic Belfast museum which tells the story of the liner which sank in 1912. The couple shared a meal at Crown Liquor Saloon , one of the city's biggest tourist attractions.

Meanwhile, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow regretted the decision by Western countries to expel Russian diplomats.

He says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation will also deny the pending accreditation request of three other workers at the Russian mission.

A top Russian diplomat says Moscow is preparing a "tough response" to Monday's announcement by the United States that it is expelling 60 Russian diplomats.

"This unfriendly step by this group of countries won't pass without impact and we will respond", Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a website statement, accusing the U.K.'s allies of "blindly following the principle of Euro-Atlantic unity". "Our relationship with Russia is, frankly, up to the Russian government and up to Vladimir Putin and others in senior leadership in Russia". But after legislators passed a law last July that prevented Trump from easing sanctions without congressional approval, Putin ordered the U.S.to cut staff at its diplomatic missions in Russian Federation by 755, or almost two-thirds, by September 1.

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.

Strigo says he's watching the situation closely but is much more focused on macroeconomic indicators, such as the Russian central bank's gradual approach to monetary easing and the rising price of oil.

"This is an attempt on the lives of Russian citizens on the territory of Great Britain", Russia's Foreign Ministry said.

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