Ireland expels Russian diplomat over Britain spy poisoning, Putin vows to retaliate

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The statement comes after the United Kingdom - and 14 other countries - expelled Russian spies over their role in the Salisbury attack.

"The European Council agreed with the United Kingdom government's assessment that it is highly likely that the Russian Federation is responsible and that there is no plausible alternative explanation". It even surpasses the 51 Russian diplomats expelled by President George W. Bush in 2001. They were involved in activities outside their official capacity and an abuse of their privileges of residence, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said.

Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were admitted to a hospital after being found unconscious in the southern English city of Salisbury.

Ryan says: "Civil nations don't act like that.it's important that we act in solidarity with our ally, particularly in this case the British, to condemn this kind of activity by Russian Federation".

As with several of the countries to back the UK, Australia described the diplomats as "undeclared intelligence officers".

"Today's extraordinary global response by our allies stands in history as the largest collective expulsion of Russian intelligence officers ever & will help defend our shared security", British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Twitter.

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"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.

Trump also ordered the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle because of its proximity to a US submarine base and planemaker and defence contractor Boeing Co, a senior USA official said. They have been given seven days to leave Australia. Iceland said Monday that it would send no government officials to Russian Federation to accompany its team to the football World Cup this summer.

"The government of Iceland has made a decision to stand in solidarity with the United Kingdom and other western states and ... to take measures against Russian Federation in the wake of the Salisbury attack", a government statement said. "Our relationship with Russia is, frankly, up to the Russian government and up to Vladimir Putin and others in senior leadership in Russia".

"The expulsion of Russian diplomats alone, however, is unlikely to deter Russia from its aggressive behavior". But after legislators passed a law last July that prevented Trump from easing sanctions without congressional approval, Putin ordered the U.S.to cut staff at its diplomatic missions in Russian Federation by 755, or almost two-thirds, by September 1.

"This is an attempt on the lives of Russian citizens on the territory of Great Britain", Russia's Foreign Ministry said. In addition, the Russian consulate general in Seattle will be closed, the White House said.

Tusk said that "additional measures, including further expulsions within this common European Union framework are not to be excluded in the coming days and weeks". "It goes without saying that this unfriendly move by this group of countries will not go unnoticed".

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