Australia expelling two Russian diplomats over nerve agent attack

27 March, 2018, 18:11 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Vladimir Putin could use artificial intelligence to carry out assassinations

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

It was the strongest action that U.S. President Donald Trump had taken against Russian Federation since coming to office.

Senior members of Russia's parliament said they expected Moscow to respond with tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats from each country that ousted its envoys.

Ireland also announced it was ordering one Russian diplomat to leave.

Yesterday's announcement that Western powers will act against Vladimir Putin was a significant diplomatic victory for PM Theresa May and her Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, however.

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Overnight, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull confirmed his country would be saying goodbye to two diplomats, saying "the brazen attack in Salisbury was an attack on all of us".

Ryan says: "Civil nations don't act like'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".

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Twitter Monday's "extraordinary worldwide response by our allies stands in history as the largest collective expulsion of Russian intelligence officers ever and will help defend our shared security".

Britain had evidence Russian Federation has investigated ways of distributing nerve agents for assassinations, May told parliament.

"It takes into account advice from the UK Government that the substance used on March 4thwas a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russian Federation". Russian Federation has denied responsibility, while accusing Britain of leading a global charge against it without proof.

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The unprecedented global action comes just weeks after former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia became the victims of a nerve agent attack in Salisbury.

"We assess that more than 130 people in Salisbury could have been potentially exposed to this nerve agent", May said. Albania followed suit to expel two Russian diplomats.

Kommersant business daily wrote that these "measures of unprecedented severity. are yet another round of aggravation of tensions in Russian-Western relations". They were involved in activities outside their official capacity and an abuse of their privileges of residence, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said. Trump's ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, welcomed the move while condemning the alleged Russian attack, as did the United States ambassador to Moscow Jon Huntsman.

He says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation will also deny the pending accreditation request of three other workers at the Russian mission. The Russians have been given until April 2 to leave United States territory and close the consulate - although the consul's residence will be left open until April 25.

"The government of Iceland has chose to stand in solidarity with the United Kingdom and other western states and ... to take measures against Russian Federation in the wake of the Salisbury attack", a government statement said. The Russians and their families have seven days to leave the United States, according to officials.

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