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Current expulsion tally sits at 139, including NATO and UN expulsions, and several other EU nations may further contribute to the tally. Russian propaganda machine is now mostly producing a firehose of vitriol, arguing Russian victimhood and Western conspiracy, led by of course by the arch-demons, the US and the UK. While Russian propagandists are declaring this to be a “New Cold War”, Higgins observed that the Putin regime’s behavior is much more like the early Stalin era Soviet regime, that conducted numerous assassinations of emigres during the 1920s (and later). Patten’s report on the global scope of unexplained deaths of Russian emigres supports that conclusion. Belkovsky argues onEkho Moskvi that this political confrontation is exactly what Putin needs and wants domestically – in the end anything that rallies “robotic ultranationalists hell-bent on polonium-poisoning the world into submission” will be seen to be good for the regime – that it might accelerate Russia’s descent into eventual bankruptcy and irrelevance matters not, as Volodin so eloquently argued in 2014 that “Putin is Russia; without Putin, there’s no Russia” [Noting that Volodin was effectively paraphrasing Hess’ famous “Hitler ist Deutschland – Deutschland ist Hitler” line].

The parallels with the Third Reich were aptly articulated by UK SECDEF Williamson who labeled the Russian social media effort as the ‘new Lord Haw‑Haws’. Some excellent observations by SECSTATE Johnson. Much analysis and media commentary on the expulsions. Also interesting is the list of abstainers in the EU and Western camp, none of whom are surprises – nearly every single instance involves a major financial relationship with Russia. Much mirth over New Zealand’s claim it cannot expel any Russian spies, as it cannot find any – media mostly forget to mention that New Zealand is attempting to negotiate an FTA with Russia, so it just like so many smaller EU nations have been exposed to the corrosive effects of Russian money.

Putin has long sought another Krymnash to rally the “zombified masses”, and as Pastukhov at UCL very recently argued, has adeptly tapped into the “collective unconscious” of the Russian public, in this instance stimulating their xenophobia and resentment of the much more successful West. So Russian confrontation and escalatory behavior can be expected to continue over this dispute for as long as Putin can milk it for what it is worth. As we have observed with the Krymnash / Novorossiya and Syrian campaigns, medium and long-term costs to Russia are quite irrelevant. Live for the political moment – this is oh so much like Hitler’s propaganda-centric decision track record it beggars belief, the UK is indeed very much on target with their comparisons.



Skripal case has sparked new Cold War: Russian media

Russian media on Tuesday shared the view that Western countries’ coordinated expulsions of Russian diplomats following the poisoning in Britain of a former spy have plunged Moscow’s relations with the West into a new “Cold War”. Twenty-four countries — including 17 member-states of

Andrew Higgins | Sergei Skripal: A new cold war with Russia? No, it’s worse than that – The Economic Times

Bush’s decision, questioned by even some American allies, opened the way, in Moscow’s view, to a free-for-all in international relations that has left the United States and Russia struggling to recover the trust developed by President Ronald Reagan and the last Soviet leader, Mikhail S. Gorbachev, in the 1980s. In a state of the nation address in February, Putin unveiled what he described as a new generation of “invincible” long-range nuclear missiles but, speaking later in an interview ..

David A. Patten | 16 More Hits Worldwide Suggest Putin’s Murder Spree Spans the Globe | Newsmax.com

The attempted assassination of Sergei and Yulia Skripal — a father and daughter poisoned by a Russian-made nerve agent earlier this month in Salisbury, England — appears to be part of a global retribution campaign linked to at least 16 other suspicious deaths worldwide. From Qatar to London to Kiev to Washington, D.C., Vladimir Putin’s rivals share a common malady: Brutally short lifespans and a susceptibility to sudden cardiac arrest without any prior indication of heart disease.

Spy poisoning: Russian media accuse West of ‘crusade’ – BBC News

Russian media have reacted with sarcasm and anger to the mass expulsion of diplomats from the US, Canada and some European states. The main national TV channels unanimously echoed the Kremlin line, suggesting that the incident in Salisbury was being used merely as a pretext. More than 100 Russian diplomats from more than 20 countries were expelled in the wake of the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

Skripal case has sparked new Cold War: Russian media

MOSCOW: Russian media on Tuesday shared the view that Western countries’ coordinated expulsions of Russian diplomats following the poisoning in Britain of a former spy have plunged Moscow’s relations with the West into a new “Cold War”. Twenty-four countries — including 17 member-states of the European Union — have expelled more than 100 Russian diplomats over the attempted murder in England of Russian national Sergei Skripal and his daughter. Izvestia pro-Kremlin daily denounced what it called a “flash mob”, while Nezavisimaya Gazeta daily stressed that “never before have there been such coordinated expulsions”. “Relationships between Russia and the West are entering a period of an all-out Cold War,” political analyst Fedor Lukyanov wrote in Vedomosti business daily. “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. “This is not an end of escalation. It will most probably worsen.” Kommersant business daily wrote that these “measures of unprecedented severity … are yet another round of aggravation of tensions in Russian-Western relations”. Political analyst Stanislav Belkovsky said Russia’s foreign policy has been fired by “the concentrated energy of self-destruction” since 2014, the year when Moscow annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, incurring retaliatory economic sanctions from the West. “The worse the relationships between Russia and the West are, the better it is for the president”, with Vladimir Putin’s domestic legitimacy propped up by the confrontation with the West, Belkovsky wrote in a blog for the popular Echo of Moscow radio station.

Russia accuses U.S. of blackmail over diplomat expulsions

More than 20 countries are expelling Russian diplomats over the poisoning of an ex-spy and his daughter in Britain.

Russia Reacts to Mass Expulsion of Diplomats

WHITE HOUSE — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday his government will respond to a U.S. order for 60 Russian diplomats accused of being spies to leave the United States within a week. Twenty-two other countries, including France, Germany and Poland, have also expelled a total of 77 Russian “intelligence personnel,” according to the White House. That list does not include Australia, which announced [Tuesday] it is expelling two “undeclared intelligence officials.” Lavrov blamed the mass expulsions on “colossal pressure” by the United States.

Russia calls West’s stance on Skripal ‘hypocritical’ | The BRICS Post

Russia says the US and EU “solidarity” with the UK is harming international relations.

Russia blames ‘powerful forces’ in U.S. and U.K. for chemical attack on spy – World News – Haaretz.com

Russia said 60 American diplomats will be expelled; other countries have announced measures against Russian diplomats over an assassination attempt of a former spy in Britain

Russia bizarrely claims mass expulsion of its spies was planned by US and Britain BEFORE the Skripals were poisoned

The Kremlin’s ambassador to the US made the extraordinary claims as he accused both countries of ’emotional deafness’ by expelling diplomats as the country mourned the deaths in the Kemerovo shopping mall blaze

Russia Officially Invents New Theory Blaming UK – To Inform is to Influence

Russia officially blames the UK for the assassination attempt on Col Skripal and his daughter.  Demand? “These statements leave us no choice but to forcefully demand full information on the progress of the investigation, as well as the disclosure of the program for the production of warfare agents in Porton Down.” …the British side actually…

UAWire – Russian Ministry of Defense claims Novichok poison that killed Skripal could have been produced in US

Russia has documents indicating that Novichok gas was being developed in the United States, said Igor Rybalchenko, head of the laboratory for chemical and analytical control at the Russian Ministry of Defense, during a broadcast on the Russia-1 television channel, RIA Novosti has reports. According to Rybalchenko, Russian specialists found informational records regarding an organophosphorus substance with a “strong lethal effect” dating back to 1998 in the Spectral Library of the US National Standards Bureau.“Now it has turned out that, judging by the name of that agent, it was Novichok A234,” Rybalchenko said. He noted that members of the US Army Chemical Research and Development Center established the connection to the database. According to Rybalchenko, formulas published in a book by chemist Vil Mirzayanov, who emigrated to the US, would allow such a compound to be synthesized “in any prepared laboratory.” Former GRU (Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate) intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were previously found poisoned and unconscious in the center of the town of Salisbury on March 4.

Trump’s Russian Expulsions Leave Moscow Stunned – Bloomberg

The U.S. president often accused of cozying up to the Kremlin suddenly looks closer than ever to the European allies he’s sometimes snubbed.

Putin’s Finger Is on Trigger of Retaliation – Bloomberg

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Russia Slams Balkan States for Expelling its Diplomats :: Balkan Insight

Russian embassies in Croatia, Romania and Macedonia have strongly criticised the three countries’ decision to expel diplomats to show solidarity with Britain in the wake of the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. Albania, Croatia, Macedonia and Romania joined other EU countries in expelling some Russian diplomats on Monday. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow called the wave of expulsions “an unfriendly step.” “We express our strong protest in the wake of the decision taken by a number of EU and NATO member countries to expel Russian diplomats,” a ministry statement read. “The provocative gesture of the so-called solidarity of these countries with London, which blindly followed the British authorities in the so-called ‘Skripal case’ and which never got around to sort out the circumstances of the incident, is a continuation of the confrontational policy to escalate the situation,” it added. The Russian embassy in Skopje on Tuesday warned the Macedonian government of “consequences” for deciding to expel a Russian diplomat in solidarity with Britain. Faced with a barrage of questions from journalists, the Russian embassy in Bucharest issued a very short statement, labelling Romania’s decision to declare a Russian diplomat persona non grata “an expression of madness”. The Russian embassy in Zagreb also expressed regret over the decision by Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic to expel a Russian diplomat, assessing the move as “hostile”. “We deeply regret that the Croatian side… has made a swift and ill-considered decision, the consequences of which will adversely affect the further development of our bilateral relations, including their trade and economic component,” the Russian embassy said in a statement. The Russian embassy in Albania, where the government decided to expel two Russian diplomats, did not comment on the situation, but republished the statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow.

China: UK must to act on facts over Russian spy poisoning | World | News | Express.co.uk

A CHINESE Foreign Ministry spokeswoman has blasted the UK for retaliating against Russia over the poisoning of double agent Sergei Scribal.

Theresa May tastes success after dinner table diplomacy over Russia

The PM reportedly gave an “electrifying” address to EU leaders and is having a good crisis but Jeremy Corbyn is getting battered.

UK says world’s patience is wearing thin with Russia’s Putin after chemical attack

British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said on Monday that the world was united behind Britain’s stance over the poisoning of a former Russian spy and that patience was wearing thin with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Britain Hails ‘Turning Point’ After Mass Expulsion Of Russian Diplomats

Britain has hailed the mass expulsion of suspected Russian spies around the world as a “turning point,” while Russia asserted that the expulsions were the result of “colossal pressure” by the Unite…

Vladimir Putin’s bots are the ‘new Lord Haw‑Haws’, says Gavin Williamson | News | The Times

Thousands of suspected pro-Russia robotic accounts producing bogus web messages about the Salisbury attack are the Nazi propagandists of the 21st century and must be confronted, the defence secretary has said. Gavin Williamson said that the government may seek to talk with social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook about ways to combat this kind of information warfare, which he likened to the wartime “Germany calling” broadcasts of William Joyce, better known as Lord Haw-Haw. He stressed the importance of protecting free speech, including the ability to criticise the government and challenge its assessment that the Kremlin was behind the attempted assassination of Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

Britain’s Johnson: expulsions show international frustration with Russia

LONDON (Reuters) – British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said coordinated expulsions of Russian diplomats announced on Monday showed that the use of nerve toxin on a former Russian spy on English soil had brought to a head international frustrations with Moscow. The United States said it would expel 60 Russian diplomats, and Canada and 20 European states including France, Germany and Ukraine together expelled over 50 more, to punish the Kremlin for the attack on ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, accepting Britain’s analysis that Moscow was to blame. “The reason they got it was because they suddenly realized that this could happen in their own towns, in their own cities,” Johnson said. “They suddenly could see that this was a new kind of threat and that Russia was behaving in a particularly reckless way, and particularly contemptuous of civilized norms.” “For many other governments, what happened in Salisbury sort of crystallized their own frustrations, their own disappointments with the way the Russian state has been behaving,” Johnson said in the interview. He rejected the suggestion that the measures were leading towards a new and dangerous Cold War with Moscow. “It’s very, very important to stress that our quarrel is not with the people of Russia, not with Russian culture, civilization … Our quarrel is exclusively with the Kremlin and the current administration … “The objective of this global collective action is for the world to signal that the doubts and fears about that Kremlin action have crystallized,” Johnson said. “Russia is a great, great country, but it doesn’t have to be great in this way, and what the world is saying to Russia today is that particular style of behavior, … these endless provocations — we’ve had enough of them.”

Full list of countries which have now expelled 139 Russian diplomats between them | Metro News

Australia has become the latest country to expel Russian diplomats in a show of support for Britain over the Salisbury nerve agent attack. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called it a…

World unites in biggest ever mass expulsion of Russian spies | News | The Times

The world is at a turning point in the fight to curb President Putin’s “reckless ambitions”, Boris Johnson has said after the largest collective expulsion of Russian spies in history.More than 20 countries announced that they would banish Russian intelligence officers yesterday following the use of

Russian diplomats expelled: The list of countries punishing Moscow grows

A growing number of countries around the world have announced measures against Moscow following the nerve agent attack in the U.K. in early March, leaving Russia looking increasingly isolated.

Here are all the countries kicking out Russian diplomats over the Sergei Skripal nerve agent attack | Business Insider

More than 20 countries have expelled Russian diplomats in retaliation for the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal with nerve agent in Salisbury, southern England. The nations joined Britain in blaming Russia for the attempted assassination on March 4, which was the first offensive use of nerve agent in Europe since World War II. Russia has repeatedly denied their involvement. Here are all the countries and intergovernmental bodies that have expelled Russian officials over the attack:

The UK – 23 diplomats expelled

United States – 60

NATO – 7 Albania – 2

Australia – 2

Canada – 4

Croatia – 1

Czech Republic – 3

Denmark – 2

Estonia – 1

Finland – 1

France – 4

Germany – 4

Ireland – 1

Italy – 2

Latvia – 1

Lithuania – 3

Moldova – 3

Netherlands – 2

Norway – 1

Poland – 4

Romania – 1

Ukraine – 13

Spain – 2

Sweden – 1

World Powers Band Together To Punish Russia For Ex-Spy’s Poisoning

Russia threatened to expel diplomats in retaliation.

How an Outraged Europe Agreed to a Hard Line on Putin – The New York Times

Faced with new aggressiveness from the newly re-elected Putin, the E.U. backed Britain on the Skripal poisoning and sent a strong message to Moscow.

US and allies expel over 100 Russian diplomats for UK poison attack | TheHill

Allies of the U.S. and U.K. are following suit in expelling Russian diplomats in retaliation for Moscow’s alleged poisoning a former Russian spy and his daughter in the United Kingdom.

NATO to expel 7 Russian staffers after nerve agent poisoning – National | Globalnews.ca

Stoltenberg says, despite the expulsions, Russia will still have a diplomatic mission of 20 people at alliance headquarters in Brussels and that will allow Russia to keep essential contacts with NATO members.

The Latest: NATO: Expulsions show Russia’s conduct has costs – Huron Daily Tribune

Moldova’s foreign ministry has ordered three Russian diplomats to leave the former Soviet republic within seven days. The foreign ministry summoned Russia’s Ambassador Farit Muhametshin on Tuesday to inform him of the decision, which followed similar expulsions of Russians from many other Western countries Monday. The moves were a gesture of solidarity with Britain over the nerve agent attack on a former spy in Britain. A statement said the attack was “a threat on the collective security and international law.” Moldova’s pro-Western government is seeking closer relations with the U.S. and the European Union. Last year Moldova expelled five Russian diplomats, accusing them of espionage.

US Tells UN 12 Russians to Be Expelled Acted ‘Outside Official Capacity’ | Newsmax.com

US Tells UN 12 Russians to Be Expelled Acted ‘Outside Official Capacity’

Moldova Declares 3 Russian Diplomats Personae Non-Gratae – Sputnik International

The country’s decision is connected with the Skripals’ poisoning, which the UK and some other countries claim to be Russia’s fault.

Tuesday briefing: To Russia, with a shove | World news | The Guardian

More than 100 diplomats expelled around the world … Kim Jong-un may or may not be in China … and could the Tiangong-1 space station land on you?

U.S. Ambassador to Russia: Washington could not leave such actions beyond attention – 112.international

Russian diplomats’ expulsion from the USA and other states is a reaction on a “thoughtless nerve agent attack on a British citizen and his daughter on the territory of Britain” as to Jon Huntsman, U.S. Ambassador to Russia, said in the interview for Kommersant. He stressed that Great Britain is U.S. close ally. That is why Washington could not leave such actions beyond attention. “We convey a message – if you treat our friends and allies like that, the response reaction is inevitable,” the Ambassador stated. Earlier, the USA, Canada and 15 EU member states informed about their decision to expel Russian diplomats. Ukraine joined the sanctions and expelled 13 Russian diplomats from the country.

‘The Kremlin has to be confused’: U.S. expels Russians despite Trump’s warm words for Putin | CBC News

The White House is continuing to punish Russia by imposing trade sanctions and, this week, expelling diplomats. But what’s missing so far is any explicit condemnation from U.S. President Donald Trump himself.

Trump’s ‘Good Relationship’ With Russia Is Slipping Away – The Atlantic

By shuttering a consulate and expelling 60 diplomats in response to the spy poisoning in Britain, he’s taken a remarkably hard line against Putin.

Before expulsions, a brick-by-brick hardening of U.S. stance toward Russia

America’s most sweeping expulsion of Russian diplomats since the Cold War may have seemed like a dramatic escalation in Washington’s response to Moscow, but the groundwork for a more confrontational U.S. posture had been taking shape for months — in plain sight.

US Stance Toward Russia Hardened Before Monday’s Expulsions | Newsmax.com

A more confrontational U.S. posture toward Russia had been taking shape for months in plain sight, before America’s most sweeping expulsion of Russian diplomats since the Cold War on Monday.

Expelling Trump’s weakness toward Russia

President Trump’s decision on Monday to expel 60 Russian intelligence officers from the United States is welcome and apt. It is a proper response in support of an ally to Russia’s March 4 poisoning of a British intelligence agent, his daughter, and a police officer.

Trump’s Russia Policy Is Better than It Sounds – WSJ

The U.S. stands with the U.K. after a vicious attack.

The Latest: US Speaker Ryan praises Russian expulsions | Charlotte Observer

The speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives has praised a coordinated reaction by Western allies to the nerve gas attack on a former Russian spy in England.

Bill O’Reilly: Trump Should Give Putin a Year to Change His Tune | Newsmax.com

Bill O’Reilly told Newsmax TV during an appearance on Newsmax Now, President Donald Trump’s Russia strategy is in wait-and-see mode as the United States continues to put pressure on its Cold War foe regarding several issues.

Spying on nuclear submarines factor in US closure of Russian consulate | McClatchy Washington Bureau

The Trump administration expelled 60 Russian diplomats and closed the Russian consulate in Seattle to help block Moscow from spying on U.S. Naval Base Kitsap, the home port of U.S. Navy nuclear submarines in Washington State.

Spying on US Nuclear Sub Base Factor in Closing of Russian Consulate | Military.com

The Trump administration closed the Russian consulate in Seattle to help block Moscow from spying on U.S. Naval Base Kitsap.

Why the US allows dozens of Russian spies to operate in the US – Business Insider

Senior US officials say that more than 100 Russian spies are in the US masquerading as diplomats.

Russia Sanctions: Europe’s Weak Response to the Skripal Poisoning – Bloomberg

When it came to specific action, European countries opted to keep pressure on Putin low.

Russia’s EU friends decline to expel diplomats

Eleven EU countries, many of them staunch friends of Russia, have so far failed to join other member states in expelling Russian diplomats.

UAWire – Austria refuses to expel Russian diplomats because of the Skripal case

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz stated that Austria would not expel its Russian diplomats over the Skripal poisoning incident in Britain. Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Julia were poisoned nearly to death near London with a Soviet-era-made nerve agent known as Novichok. The British government highly suspects that Russia was responsible for this attempted assassination on British soil. Chancellor Kurz made his country’s position clear with a post on Twitter. “We support the clear statement of the European Council and the decision to recall the head of the EU delegation to Russia, but as a neutral country we will not expel diplomats. Rather, we want to be the builders of a bridge between East and West and keep channels of negotiations with Russia open.” The US government decided to expel 60 Russian diplomats from their country and to close the Russian Consulate General in Seattle. Twenty-one other nations expelled 135 Russian diplomats following the US’s lead.

No Swiss action on Russian spy poisoning before investigation results – SWI swissinfo.ch

Switzerland will await the results of investigations before drawing conclusions on the UK Russian spy poisoning, the Swiss foreign ministry says.

Senior minister indicates Israel unlikely to expel Russian diplomats – Israel News – Jerusalem Post

While Israel should “behave as part of the Western world,” it should also be proud “that we can negotiate, talk and live side-by-side with the Russians,” Yoav Gallant said.

Senior minister indicates Israel unlikely to expel Russian diplomats

With Russia in Israel’s “backyard,” Jerusalem must do what is in its interest – not what is in the interests of others – regarding whether it should join other western countries in expelling Russian diplomats over the recent poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain, Construction Minister Yoav Gallant said Tuesday, The Jerusalem Post reported. Asked by The Jerusalem Post at a briefing sponsored by The Israel Project whether he thought Israel should join a long list of other western countries and expel Russian diplomats, Gallant said that Israel is not seen by the Russians as an enemy for a number of reasons. “First of all because we share some ideas and interests,” said Gallant, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet who will speak at The Jerusalem Post’s conference in New York on April 29. “Secondly, because there are more than a million immigrants who have come from Russia to Israel, and the Russian administration views them as citizens, or old citizens, or veterans of of Russia. And thirdly, we have to remember what are the proportions and what are the distances.” For Israel, Gallant said, Russia is now in its backyard. And while Israel should “behave as part of the Western world,” it should also be proud “that we can negotiate, talk and live side-by-side with the Russians.” “This is what we are doing,” he continued, adding that so far Israel have maneuvered carefully and well in very complicated situation where the Russians “are here.”

New Zealand can’t find Russian spies to boot out to help UK | Daily Mail Online

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said her country wants to express support for the UK over the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal but admits it can’t find any Russian spies to kick out.

New Zealand Wants to Expel Russian Spies But Can’t Find Any – The Daily Beast

It seems the country is not among Moscow’s top espionage targets.

Russian Spies Kicked Out of 20 Countries, but Not New Zealand… Because It Can’t Find Any

At least 20 countries have kicked out more than 130 Russian diplomats, believed to be covert intelligence officers.

Opinion: New Zealand’s lack of action in the wake of global Russian diplomat expulsions is a dangerous move | Newshub

22 countries have now stood in solidarity with the UK. Should we act too, asks Alexander Gillespie.

 

Ireland set to join biggest mass expulsion of Russian agents | Ireland | The Times

Ireland is likely to join more than 20 countries in expelling Russian diplomats following the nerve agent attack on a former spy and his daughter in Britain. It is understood that the Irish government is considering expelling at least one Russian diplomat after analysing intelligence given to the t

Spy poisoning: Australian PM condemns Russian ‘recklessness’ in UK – BBC News

Australia joins more than 20 other countries in expelling Russian diplomats over the UK spy poisoning case.

Australia expels two Russian diplomats over UK nerve agent attack | Australia news | The Guardian

Malcolm Turnbull announces move as part of ‘largest collective expulsion of Russian intelligence officers in history’

Australia joins explusion of Russian diplomats over Skripal poisoning

Australia is preparing to expel Russian diplomats from Canberra as part of a world-wide action against Moscow in retaliation for the poisoning of a Russian double agent in Britain.

Australia joins US, Canada, EU in expelling Russian diplomats on spy poisoning | afr.com

Boycott of football world cup under consideration as Australia follows the UK, US, Canada, Ukraine and European countries in removing Russian diplomats after the suspected poisoning of a former spy.

The Latest: Australia expels 2 Russian diplomats | Miami Herald

Australia has announced it has expelled two Russian diplomats in response to the recent nerve agent attack on a former Russian military intelligence officer and his daughter in Britain.

Australia hints at possible World Cup boycott over nerve agent attack

Australia said on Tuesday it will expel two Russian diplomats in response to a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Britain that the British government has blamed on Moscow and hinted at a possible boycott of the World Cup.

The Latest: Australia expels 2 Russian diplomats – NY Daily News

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the diplomatic fallout over the nerve agent attack on an ex-Russian spy in Britain (all times local): 2:50 p.m.

Salisbury nerve agent attack: More than 130 people could have been exposed, Theresa May says | The Independent

More than 130 people could have been exposed to the military-grade nerve agent used in the attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Theresa May has said.

What does the expulsion mean for Russia’s spies? – BBC News

The expulsion of Russian officials will have an impact – and Moscow may respond in cyberspace.

UAWire – UK begins to seize Russian assets

The British authorities are beginning the process of seizing the assets of Russian immigrants, Defense Minister Gavin Williamson said at a press …

Russia: US spy expulsion drama is ‘declaration of war’ – former MP George Galloway claims | Daily Star

THE US’ decision to expel 60 diplomats was a “declaration of war”, a former MP has said. George Galloway hit out at US President Donald Trump’s order following the attempted assassination of Sergei and Yulia Skripal. The pair remain in a critical condition after they were found in a catatonic state on a park bench in Salisbury earlier this month.

The Long History of Spies Posing as Diplomats Abroad – Bloomberg

It’s an unspoken, widespread practice.

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