European Union (EU) chief Donald Tusk said on Monday, the 14 member nations are expelling Russian diplomatic staff over the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal in Britain. Tusk said that there may be additional measures including further expulsions in the coming days and weeks.
Following the move, The United States also expelled 60 Russian diplomats and ordered Russia’s consulate in Seattle to close, as the United States and European nations sought to jointly punish Moscow for its alleged role in poisoning an ex-spy in Britain.
The staff expelled by the United States included 12 intelligence officers from Russia’s mission to the United Nations headquarters in New York. Trump also ordered the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle.
Moscow has denied being behind the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the southern English city of Salisbury on March 4. Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a public bench in a shopping centre, and remain critically ill in hospital.
The Russian administation accused Britain of whipping up an anti-Russia campaign and has sought to cast doubt on the British analysis that Moscow was responsible. Russia has already ordered 23 British diplomats out of the country after Britain expelled 23 Russian diplomats.