Russia announced 23 persons of diplomatic staff of the British Embassy. This was reported by the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Diplomatic staff of the British Embassy in Moscow will be expelled from the country in a week. In addition, the consent of the Russian Federation to the opening of the Consulate General of Great Britain in St. Petersburg was withdrawn and the activities of the British Council in the Russian Federation were terminated.
The British side is warned that if further unfriendly actions are taken against Russia, the Russian side reserves the right to take other response measures.
Earlier, Britain announced the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats after the assassination of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia in the British city of Salisbury. The UN Security Council supported London.