Russia will receive 60 American diplomats in response to the same measures of Washington. About it on March 29 at a briefing in Moscow, which was broadcast channel «Russia 24» stated the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov.
«Measures will be mirrored, but not only. The United States Ambassador John Hunstman invited to our Ministry, where my Deputy Sergei Ryabkov expounds to him the contents of retaliatory measures against the United States. They include the expulsion of a similar number of diplomats and our decision to withdraw its consent to the functioning of the U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg», – said Lavrov.
Measures will be taken in other countries who send employees of the Russian diplomatic missions, added the Minister.
On the website of the Russian foreign Ministry on the evening of 29 March it was reported that the protest note handed to the American Ambassador in connection with «the outrageous and unreasonable demands of the us authorities that 60 Russian diplomatic staff left the U.S., and the closure of the Consulate General of Russia in Seattle.
«Based on the principle of reciprocity, in the order responses 58 employees of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and two employees of the U.S. Consulate General in Yekaterinburg declared persona non grata for activities incompatible with diplomatic status. They should leave the territory of the Russian Federation until April 5, 2018», – said in a statement the foreign Ministry.
U.S. officials must fully liberate the previously provided them to embed Consulate in Saint-Petersburg the building no later than March 31, the Ministry said.
The US President Donald trump on March 26, instructed to expel from the country 60 Russian diplomats and close the Consulate General of Russia in Seattle because of its proximity to the naval base of the United States.
Therefore, the States expressed support for the UK in connection with the poisoning in Salisbury, the former employee GRU of the Russian Federation Sergei Skripal and his daughter on March 4, was hospitalized with symptoms of poisoning.
The investigation revealed that during the attack was used that was developed in Russia, a nerve agent, Novichok. Prime Minister Theresa may has demanded from the Kremlin to explain what had happened until the evening of March 13, otherwise London would take an incident of unlawful use of force by Russia against great Britain.
Moscow has refused to answer the ultimatum of London, and demanded to give her samples of the substance that poisoned Skrobala.
March 14, the British authorities announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats 23, and the suspension of the planned bilateral contacts with Russia.
March 17, Russia declared a persona non grata 23 British diplomats.
By 29 March after Britain and the US, Russian diplomats sent to about 30 countries, including Ukraine. A number of States withdrew from Russia their ambassadors for consultations
NATO withdraws the accreditation of seven Russian representatives to the Alliance.
Lavrov announced the expulsion of 60 American diplomats and the closure of the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg 30.03.2018