25 countries have now expelled Russian diplomats as NATO joins biggest-ever global crackdown on Moscow
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25 countries have now expelled Russian diplomats as NATO joins biggest-ever global crackdown on Moscow

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More than 100 envoys have been cast out by Britain's allies as the Prime Minister said the number of states taking action over the Sergei Skripal attack continued to rise

Twenty-five countries have now expelled Russian diplomats, Theresa May revealed today as Nato joined the global crackdown on Moscow.

More than 100 have been cast out by Britain's allies - including 60 from the US - as the Prime Minister said the number of states taking action continued to rise.

Today the global coalition was joined by Nato, which banned 10 Russians in a move it said would harm the Kremlin's intelligence-gathering in the West.

Russia’s mission to the alliance was slashed from 30 to 20 as Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg ordered a crackdown in a fresh show of solidarity with the UK.

It took to around 147 the number of diplomats expelled from Russian embassies and missions around the world following the nerve agent attack on ex-spy Sergei Skripal .

Russian diplomats expelled around the world: Full list of countries taking action

More than 100 Russian diplomats have been expelled by Britain's allies in the biggest purge of Moscow envoys in history. Here is the fullest list we've been able to put together.

UK: 23 diplomats (March 14)

US: 60 diplomats - 48 at embassy and 12 at mission to the UN - and Russian consulate in Seattle shut

Ukraine: 13

Nato: 7 staff have had accreditation withdrawn at Russian mission to Nato

Canada: 4

France: 4

Poland: 4

Germany: 4

Czech Republic: 3

Lithuania: 3

Australia: 2

Denmark: 2

Netherlands: 2

Italy: 2

Spain: 2

Finland: 1

Hungary: 1

Ireland: 1

Macedonia: 1

Estonia: 1

Latvia: 1

Romania: 1

Sweden: 1

Croatia: 1

TOTAL: 114 (excluding the UK and Nato)


Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said: 'This sends a clear message to Russia that there are costs and consequences for its unacceptable and dangerous pattern of behaviour, and it follows Russia’s lack of constructive response to what happened in Salisbury.

“Our actions reflect the serious security concerns expressed by all allies, and are part of the coordinated international effort to respond to Russia’s behaviour.

“They are proportionate and in line with our legal obligations.”


Mrs May updated the numbers at an appearance before the House of Commons Liaison Committee.

She told MPs: 'I welcome the international support that we have garnered.

'This isn't just a matter of the UK position and working with the UK. I think it is the national security interests of the countries concerned.'


Former double agent Skripal , 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, remain in comas after being poisoned three weeks ago in the Wiltshire city of Salisbury.

Newly-elected Russian President Vladimir Putin 's regime has promised retaliation.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (Image: AFP)
Question by MPs, Mrs May said to her knowledge Russia had not interfered 'successfully' in a UK election.

'I have not seen evidence of interference in UK electoral processes,' she said.

Though she added: 'As you might imagine, I don’t personally go looking for evidence of these things. I rely on information being brought to me. And I've seen no evidence.'

And she said: 'They have indeed attempted to interfere and get involved in certain elections in other countries.

'I have to say we’ve not to date seen evidence of successful interference in UK democratic processes.

'Should there be evidence this has happened in the UK, of course we would take robust action.'

Mrs May was attacked after she failed to promise a review of 700 Russians granted 'investor visas' between 2001 and 2008.

Home Affairs Committee chief Yvette Cooper said: 'If there are questions about whether or not that money was illegal - if it's never been checked, surely that's a problem for us.'

She also insisted there were 'very clear rules' on donations to the Tory party, hundreds of thousands of pounds of which have come from Russian oligarchs.


Mrs May signalled she could beef up Britain's Nato troops in states on the Russian border.

'We do obviously regularly look at our deployments,' she said. 'We look at what is necessary.'

And she said Britain was 'fully committed' to sanctions when they support UK interests, leaving open the door to further action against Moscow.

Ireland became the latest ally to boot out an envoy - despite Russia’s ambassador to Ireland, Yury Filatov, saying it would “ruin” the relationship between the two countries.

Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney said “The use of chemical weapons, including the use of any toxic chemicals as weapons, by anyone, anywhere, is particularly shocking and abhorrent.

“The attack in Salisbury was not just an attack against the United Kingdom, but an affront to the international rules-based system on which we all depend for our security and well-being.

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