On Friday, March 30, Russia announced the UK that she has a month to reduce the number of its diplomats in Moscow. The same conditions were provided by the Russian representatives in London.
The British Ambassador and representatives of other countries were summoned to the foreign Ministry, where they were informed about how will be the process of expulsion of diplomats.
On 29 March the head of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov said that in retaliation against the United States will close its Consulate General in St.-Petersburg and sent 60 American diplomats.
Amid an international scandal that erupted after the poisoning in Salisbury double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, more than twenty countries of Europe and the United States and Canada announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats. A third will reduce the number of employees of the Russian mission to NATO.