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Russia Expels 23 British Diplomats, Escalating Row Over Ex-Spy’s Poisoning

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The British ambassador to Russia, Laurie Bristow, leaving the Foreign Ministry in Moscow on Saturday. Credit Gleb Garanich/Reuters

MOSCOW — Russia on Saturday ordered 23 British diplomats to leave the country within a week, escalating a diplomatic row after a former spy and his daughter were poisoned on British soil.

The order came days after Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain expelled the same number of Russian diplomats and called off high-level contacts between the two governments.

The Russians’ actions — which included an order to shut the British Council, a cultural and educational organization, in Russia and to revoke permission for the British consulate general in St. Petersburg — came after the British ambassador, Laurie Bristow, was summoned to the Foreign Ministry in Moscow on Saturday morning.

Source: NYT > World

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