Australia is the latest country to expel Russian diplomats

Europeans Join US In Kicking Out Russian Diplomats

Europeans Join US In Kicking Out Russian Diplomats

Australia expelled two Russian diplomats Tuesday in response to the "shocking" Skripal attack, which Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said was part of "a pattern of reckless and deliberate conduct by the Russian state that constitutes a growing threat to worldwide security".

Russian Embassy in The Hague.

The ministry said that not a single country has provided any evidence that Russia was behind the poisoning of the former Russian spy and his daughter, RIA reported.

Over one hundred Russian officials are being expelled from the United Kingdom, the U.S., Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Italy, Lithuania, Romania, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Albania, Ukraine, Macedonia and Norway, according to CNN.

It warned that there would be a tit-for-tat response to those countries "pandering to British authorities" without, Moscow claims, fully understanding what had happened.

Mr Varadkar told the Dáil (Irish parliament) that the government is happy to brief other parties about the decision to expel the Russian diplomat. The Russians have been given until April 2 to leave U.S. territory and close the consulate - although the consul's residence will be left open until April 25.

The Russian embassy in Zagreb also expressed regret over the decision by Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic to expel a Russian diplomat, assessing the move as "hostile".

"The expulsions will be particularly destructive for Russian-American relations", he said, adding that he expects the West to issue "much more severe economic sanctions" against Russia in the future.

The U.S. said Monday that 60 Russian diplomats must leave within one week and that the Russian consulate in Seattle will close after ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with a nerve agent in Salisbury, England, on March 4.

"Today's actions make the United States safer by reducing Russia's ability to spy on Americans and to conduct covert operations that threaten America's national security", said a spokesman.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull described the attack as "shocking", while Danish counterpart Lars Lokke Rasmussen said it was "completely unacceptable".

On Monday, the USA, the EU, Canada and Ukraine ordered the expulsion of dozens of Russian diplomats.

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