Russia vows to hit back over mass expulsion of diplomats

Mar 27, 2018, 7:04 AM EDT
Over 20 nations have stood in solidarity with the U.K. over claims that Russia ordered Skripal attack.
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Russia has vowed to retaliate against the “provocative gesture” of the U.S. and the EU states to expel 100 Russian diplomats in a coordinated response to the nerve agent attack on a former double agent in the U.K., allegedly ordered by Moscow.

The collective expulsion of Russian diplomats reflects a “remarkable show of solidarity” with the U.K. and marks a new low in diplomatic ties between Moscow and the West since the annexation of Crimea, notes the BBC.

Australia is the latest country to join the nations, which are expelling Russian diplomats and intelligence agents to send a strong message to Kremlin that it cannot repeatedly flout international laws, writes The Guardian.