Russia orders closure of US consulate, expels 60 diplomats in tit-for-tat

MOSCOW, Russia revoked on Thursday the license of the US Consulate General in St. Petersburg and declared 60 US diplomats persona non grata amid increasing tension between Russia and the West over the chemical attack in Salisbury England.

In a press statement, the Russian Ministry identified 58 employees of US embassy in Moscow, two employees of consulate general in Yekaterinburg as personae non-gratae.

It also announced the permit for opening, operation of US consulate general in St. Petersburg revoke and it must be vacated in two days-time It stated that US diplomats declared personae non-gratae must leave Russia by April 5.

Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said his country would take retaliatory actions and more against the countries, which expelled Russian diplomats over the Salisbury incident.

“US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman has been summoned to our ministry, where my deputy Sergei Ryabkov is briefing him on the tit-for-tat steps against the US,” Lavrov said in a news conference.

“They include the expulsion of the same number of diplomats and our decision to withdraw consent to the work of the Consulate General in St. Petersburg.” He, further, vowed that that his country response against others countries that expelled Russian diplomats.

Lavrov stressed Moscow wants to “establish the truth” over the March 4 poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury, England.

He even accused Britain of “making mockery of international law.” He said that Russia had asked for a meeting with the executive council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on Tuesday to ask questions to “establish the truth.” In a response to the alleged Russian involvement in chemical Salisbury attack, 27 countries have ejected more than 150 Russian diplomats, including 23 by the United Kingdom and 60 by the United States, which also ordered the closure of the Russian consulate general in Seattle. (end) os.ibi

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Russia orders closure of US consulate, expels 60 diplomats in tit-for-tat

MOSCOW, Russia revoked on Thursday the license of the US Consulate General in St. Petersburg and declared 60 US diplomats persona non grata amid increasing tension between Russia and the West over the chemical attack in Salisbury England.

In a press statement, the Russian Ministry identified 58 employees of US embassy in Moscow, two employees of consulate general in Yekaterinburg as personae non-gratae.

It also announced the permit for opening, operation of US consulate general in St. Petersburg revoke and it must be vacated in two days-time It stated that US diplomats declared personae non-gratae must leave Russia by April 5.

Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said his country would take retaliatory actions and more against the countries, which expelled Russian diplomats over the Salisbury incident.

“US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman has been summoned to our ministry, where my deputy Sergei Ryabkov is briefing him on the tit-for-tat steps against the US,” Lavrov said in a news conference.

“They include the expulsion of the same number of diplomats and our decision to withdraw consent to the work of the Consulate General in St. Petersburg.” He, further, vowed that that his country response against others countries that expelled Russian diplomats.

Lavrov stressed Moscow wants to “establish the truth” over the March 4 poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury, England.

He even accused Britain of “making mockery of international law.” He said that Russia had asked for a meeting with the executive council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on Tuesday to ask questions to “establish the truth.” In a response to the alleged Russian involvement in chemical Salisbury attack, 27 countries have ejected more than 150 Russian diplomats, including 23 by the United Kingdom and 60 by the United States, which also ordered the closure of the Russian consulate general in Seattle. (end) os.ibi

Source: Kuwait News Agency