Russian Federation expels a Norwegian diplomat

Alexandr Sherbak  TASS

Alexandr Sherbak TASS

Russia has also expelled Estonia's military attache as a tit-for-tat measure to the expulsion of Russian diplomats, Delfi news portal said. This follows 150 expelled on Thursday.

"Russia has declared the expulsion of three diplomats from the embassy in Moscow", she said.

The US announced earlier this week that it was expelling the same number of Russian diplomats and closed the Russian consulate in Seattle.

Russia's Embassy in Canberra has accused Australia of blindly following Britain by deciding to expel its diplomats.

The Russian Embassy in London tweeted that it insists "on the right to see" Ms Skripal, who is a Russian citizen. PRESS ASSOCIATION PHOTO. Picture date: Monday 20 November 2006.

Police said they had placed a cordon around a children's play area near the Skripals' house as a precaution. Photo credit should read: PA.

Although taken aback by this sudden asymmetrical aggression against their nation, the Russians have released statements showing that they won't overreact and will retain their composure, promising only to respond reciprocally to each and every provocation.

Others were more cautious, anxious that the closures would affect visa processing for Russians.

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US officials have hinted at further moves, possibly against Russian assets overseas.

Envoys from Germany, Spain, Holland, Norway and Ireland were all told to leave on Friday as the Kremlin began a tit-for-tat removal of foreign dignitaries, matching the number of Russians removed from each country.

The U.K. and others have accused the Kremlin of bearing responsibility for the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, using what they say was a military grade nerve agent produced by Russian Federation. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation announced Wednesday that 10 of the 30 Russians in the mission posted at the alliance's Brussels headquarters were also being sent home. The United States charges that the 60 Russians that it targeted are intelligence officers operating under diplomatic cover.

Russian Federation has claimed participation in investigations into poisoning of Skripal, as a member of OPAL and as a country of which is a citizen Yulia Skripal, daughter of former agent.

Sergei Skripal, 66, a former double agent, remains in a critical but stable condition.

After the poisoning, Britain kicked off the global response by announcing it would expel 23 Russian diplomats, suspend high-level diplomatic contact with Moscow and not send any members of its royal family to the 2018 football World Cup hosted by Russia. Moscow has denied accusations that it was involved in the assassination attempt.

The State Department, however, indicated earlier that the United States could retaliate for Russia's "regrettable, unwarranted action", raising the possibility that the crisis could intensify.

Last week, OPCW inspectors arrived in the United Kingdom to collect samples of the substance that poisoned Skirpals, to get it analyzed.

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