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Russia will expel 23 British diplomats and shut down British Council as relations worsen over nerve agent attack

2018-03-18 08:35:05       source:CNBC

March 17, 2018

Russia has decided to expel 23 British diplomats who must leave Moscow within a week, its foreign ministry said on Saturday, after a meeting with Britain's ambassador to Russia, Laurie Bristow.

In retaliation for British Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to kick out 23 Russians, Moscow has also decided to close the British Council in Russia and to withdraw permission for Britain to open a general consulate in St Petersburg, the ministry said in a statement.

It added that it has the right to take other "responsive measures", if there are further hostile steps from London.

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