The move follows major diplomatic pressure by the UK on its allies to follow their lead in expelling Russian diplomats. The Russian embassy in Washington had previously urged Trump not to heed the “fake news” on Skripal’s poisoning.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has accused Moscow of being behind the poisoning of the former spy Skripal and his daughter in the town of Salisbury in early March.
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Members of the EU numbering 14 have also decided to expel Russian diplomats following Britain’s lead.
According to Reuters, Canada has also jumped on the bandwagon, announcing that it will expel four Russian diplomats “in solidarity” with the UK.