Russian diplomats expelled from 27 countries

Last Updated: Mar 28 2018 16:55

On Tuesday, NATO, Ireland, Belgium and the tiny former Soviet republic of Moldova came along with the United States and other countries who expelled Russian diplomats on Monday in a show of solidarity with the United Kingdom over the nerve-agent attack against a former Russian spy in England.

"I have today withdrawn the accreditation of seven staff at the Russian Mission to NATO," Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said. He added that he will also deny pending requests for three others.

Stoltenberg said that before his announcement the list had already topped 25 countries who expelled 140 Russian diplomats and intelligence operatives.

According to The Irish Times, Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said he will expel one of 17 Russian diplomats stationed in Dublin.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia’s response will be up to President Vladimir Putin. “We will be guided by the principle of reciprocity as before," Peskov said.