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Russia expels diplomats, acuses Britain of breaking international law

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Staff Writer | March 29, 2018
Russia will close down the U.S. consulate in St Petersburg and expel 60 American diplomats.
Maria Zakharova
Tensions   Russia wants info on Yulia Skripal
This is tit-for-tat measures against all the nations that have expelled Russian diplomats over the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, the foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has said.

Lavrov also said Moscow was calling a meeting of the Organisation for the prohibition of chemical weapons on Tuesday in London.

More than 25 countries have announced plans to expel a total of more than 130 Russian diplomats in solidarity with the UK over what has been described as the first chemical weapons attack on European soil since the second world war.

Yulia Skripal, who suffered in the March 4 incident in Salisbury, UK, has regained senses and can speak, the Russian Service of the BBC said on Thursday quoting sources.

The Russian foreign ministry has accused Britain of breaking international law by refusing to provide information on Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned along with her father, Sergei, a former spy, in Salisbury this month.

Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the ministry, said Britain had declined to cooperate with Russia on the investigation into the poisoning and had not provided any updates on Yulia Skripal despite the fact she was a Russian citizen.