Ireland to expel Russian diplomat over United Kingdom nerve agent attack

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At least 116 alleged agents working under diplomatic cover were ordered out by 22 governments, dwarfing similar measures in even the most notorious Cold War spying disputes, and marking a British diplomatic victory.

U.S. President Donald Trump pumps his fist to supporters as he arrives in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., March 23, 2018.

Jeremy Corbyn, who has faced opprobrium this week for his alleged anti-Semitism, took some time to criticise Russian Federation.

Ireland also announced it was ordering one Russian diplomat to leave.

A French Foreign Ministry statement said they have "notified the Russian authorities of our decision to expel from the French territory four Russian personnel with diplomatic status, within one week".

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. All three Baltic states said they would make diplomats leave.

Australia is set to expel the "undeclared intelligence officers" along with the 21 countries who have sent 130 diplomats back to Russian Federation in what the United Kingdom has declared the largest collective action in history, 9NEWS wrote.

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".

The aggressive actions run counter to President Donald Trump's efforts to improve ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin and instead reflect the USA intelligence apparatus's growing concerns of increased Russian surveillance on Washington and critical military bases. Russian ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov slammed the decision as the nail in the coffin of bilateral relations.

"We agreed on the importance of sending a strong European message in response to Russia's actions", British Prime Minister Theresa May told lawmakers at the House of Commons on Monday.

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Russian Federation denies responsibility and has vowed a "tough response" to the expulsions. Verhofstadt asked. "And at the same time asking, requesting for changes in the Russian Federation society for application of the rule of law for a democracy, freedom of speech".

Iceland also supported the United Kingdom and its Western allies in a statement and introduced a diplomatic boycott of the FIFA World Cup to be held in Russian Federation this summer.

In a call with reporters, senior White House officials said that the move was to root out Russians actively engaging in intelligence operations against the country, and to show that the United States would stand with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies. "Consequently, Icelandic leaders will not attend the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation this summer".

Official in Moscow on Tuesday condemned the expulsions but have not yet announced steps of retaliation yet.

"There is no objective and comprehensive data confirming Russian involvement in the Sergey and Yulia Skripal case", it added.

"We still like Russian Federation as an investment opportunity", Strigo said from the London offices of the $1.8 trillion asset manager.

The Skripals remain hospitalized in critical condition after they were found unconscious on March 4 in the English city of Salisbury, where the former spy lived.

Bishop said Australia's decision reflectedthe "shocking" nature of the attack, the first offensive use of chemical weapons in Europe since World War II, involving a highly lethal substance in a populated area, endangering countless other members of the community. Former KGB bodyguards identified as suspects in the murder denied any involvement.

The U.S. and Russian Federation have engaged in multiple diplomatic retaliations in the past 15 months.

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