North Atlantic Treaty Organisation expels 7 staff from Russian mission

Now Nato rounds on Putin too by throwing out seven of its Russian diplomats

Now, after similar moves were made by other Western governments, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has kicked out several Russian diplomats and reduced the size of its mission, as well. "When one or two diplomats are asked to leave this or that country, with apologies being whispered into our ears, we know for certain that this is a result of colossal pressure and colossal blackmail, which is Washington's chief instrument in the global scene".

The Prime Minister added: "It is also important to note that our partners are not only taking these measures out of solidarity with the United Kingdom, but also because they recognise the threat that these Russian networks pose to the security of their own countries and the pattern of Russian aggression which has affected us all".

Stoltenberg says "we will continue to work for meaningful dialogue" with Russian Federation but the measure announced Tuesday "send a very clear message to Russian Federation that it has costs".

Russian Federation has denied any involvement.

"Rest assured, we will respond".

A number of countries including the United States said the Russian diplomats they were throwing out were actually undeclared spies.

"And it follows Russia's lack of constructive response to what happened in Salisbury", Stoltenberg said.

Amid the coordinated effort of the West, the U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday ordered the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats and intelligence officials, and the closure of the Russian Consulate in Seattle.




"Russia has the potential to be a partner with Europe ..."

As of midday on March 27, 23 countries in total have announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats in connection with the Skripal case: 16 countries of the European Union, the USA, Canada, Albania, Macedonia, Norway, Ukraine and Australia.

"I welcome the global support that we have garnered", she said.

"Yesterday was a significant moment in our response to this reckless act of aggression, but there is still more to be done as we work with worldwide partners on a long-term response to the challenge posed by Russian Federation", her spokesman reported May as saying.

Britain has emphasized that the attack took place in the context of "reckless behavior" by Russian President Vladimir Putin, including the annexation of Crimea.

"There was a time when this tactic of sowing doubt might have been effective, but no one is fooled any more".

This was the largest US expulsion of Russian or Soviet agents ever and comes after Trump's predecessor Barack Obama expelled 35 in late 2016 over alleged election meddling.

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