Saturday, May 18

US vows to deal with expulsions



White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has said, Russia’s expulsion of US diplomats marks a further deterioration in relations between the two countries.

Ms Sanders suggested Washington may hit back, by saying: Russia’s response was not unanticipated, and the United States will deal with it.

Russia’s move is a retaliation to the expulsion of more than 150 Russian diplomats across the globe, following the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the UK.

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said US ambassador Jon Huntsman had been summoned and was informed of the retaliatory measures.

Mr Lavrov promised symmetrical measures for other countries which are expelling Russian diplomats in a mass show of support for Britain. The US has said there is no justification for Russia’s move to expel diplomats and says the country should not act like a victim.

Britain has blamed Moscow for the attempted murders an allegation Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed as nonsense.

On Thursday, it was announced that Ms Skripal was no longer in a critical condition and is improving rapidly, but her father remains in a critical but stable condition.

The foreign minister said in Moscow we want to establish the truth over the poisoning and accused Britain of making mockery of international law.

Mr Lavrov added that Russia had asked for a meeting with the executive council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on Tuesday to ask questions to establish the truth.