More than 100 Russian diplomats have been ejected from the UK and United States and 22 nations (as pictured above).
The US has announced the expulsion of 60 Russians, including 12 intelligence officers from Russia’s mission to UN headquarters in New York (pictured alongside Russia’s French, Polish and German embassies).
The Kremlin reacted threatening to ‘respond to every country’.
Russia’s ambassador to the US said the move had ‘ruined what is left of Russian-US ties,’ threatening Washington by saying they will bear responsibility for the consequences.
Canada and Malta followed suit by expelling three Kremlin staffers and in a flurry of Action yesterday evening, both Hungary and Norway announced the expulsion of one Diplomat respectively, soon after Spain announced the expulsion of two.
Australia also stood in solidarity with the UK ,expelling two Russian diplomats this morning. This decision reflects the shocking nature of the attack in the UK the first offensive use of chemical weapons in Europe since the Second World War, involving a highly lethal substance in a populated area, endangering countless other members of the community.
The former Russian intelligence officer, who came to Britain in 2010 as part of a spy swap, regretted being a double agent and wanted to visit his family, his friend Vladimir Timoshkov told the BBC.
Mr Skripal and his daughter Yulia remain in a critical condition after they were poisoned with the highly lethal nerve agent Novichok in Salisbury on March 4.
Moscow has stepped up its campaign to discredit Theresa May’s assertion that it is ‘highly likely’ Russia was responsible for the attack.
The diplomatic crisis has plunged relations between Russia and the UK into the deep freeze and could trigger further action by European Union members in support of the Prime Minister’s Teresa May .
Relations between Ukraine and Russia are extremely tense after Moscow annexed Crimea and sparked a civil war in Ukraine which is still raging.