Russia summons Western diplomats to set out retaliate steps in spy crack
Moscow (Reuters) : The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned a veer of senior Western diplomats on Friday to set out the corrective measures it was taking in a standoff with the West over the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain.
Russia said on Thursday it was expelling 60 U.S. diplomats and would expel scores from other countries that had connected London and Washington in censuring Moscow over the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, something Moscow denies.
On Friday, embassy officials from France, Germany, Italy, Poland, The Netherlands, Croatia, Belgium, Ukraine, Sweden, Australia and the Czech Republic were seen arriving in their official cars at the Foreign Ministry building in Moscow.
In a statement, The Foreign Ministry said it was summoning the representatives of a “raft of countries that have taken unfriendly action against Russia in solidarity with Britain because of the Skripal affair.
The United States and a raft of Western countries are expelling more than 100 Russian diplomats and Moscow has said its own retaliative measures will specifically mirror the actions taken against it.
Britain’s ambassador, Laurie Bristow, was also summoned to the ministry, but declined to comment on what had been discussed as he exited the premises on Friday.