Kiev has announced that it is joining the US and the EU to expel 13 of the Russian diplomats in connection with the international scandal that erupted after the poisoning in Salisbury, ex-GRU officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter.
«In response to the cynical chemical attack in Salisbury (UK) Ukraine in solidarity with our British partners and transatlantic allies, and in coordination with the EU, made the decision on expulsion from the territory of Ukraine 13 Russian diplomats of the few remaining. Because, as you know, our diplomatic relations with Russia de facto frozen» – quotes words of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko UNIAN news portal .
Poroshenko stated that Russia once again confirmed its disregard not only to the sovereignty of independent States but also to the value of human life.
«Ukraine feels it every day in the occupied Ukrainian Crimea and Donbass. Therefore, it is important not to be limited to symbolic gestures. The next step is a price increase for Moscow for a committed international crimes, including strengthening personal, financial and economic sanctions,» the President added.
Earlier in the day it became known that the President of the United States Donald trump ordered to expel Russian diplomats 60 – 48 of the Embassy staff and 12 members of the permanent mission to the UN in new York – and to close the Russian Consulate in Seattle.
According to the instruction, they must leave the country within a week, said on Monday, March 26, the Russian and American media and, in particular, the news Agency Vloomberg.
Similar actions are going to take at least ten member countries of the European Union, including Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Czech Republic and Poland. 23 informed the Russian diplomat was expelled from the United Kingdom.
The article says that the deportation of Russians from the United States will be the most aggressive step taken by Washington against Moscow for all time, while the power is Donald trump, who at the beginning of the term sought to strengthen relations with his Russian counterpart.
Last week, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan löfven said after the talks between EU leaders in Brussels that the summit took the decision to withdraw the EU Ambassador to Russia «for consultations.»
According to the results of negotiations in Brussels late into the night, the European Council issued a statement which said that the leaders agreed that the incident in Salisbury «there is no other convincing explanation.»
«We fully support the United Kingdom in the face of this bold challenge to our collective security,» – said in a published joint statement the EU leaders.
Earlier in the meeting, British Prime Minister Theresa may said that the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia on March 4, became the «example of the continuing aggression of Russia against Europe.»
Moscow categorically denies any involvement in the incident.