US national flag waves on the building of the embassy of the United States of America (R) in Moscow on April 2, 2018.
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov suggested Monday the British government could be behind the poisoning of a former double agent that has triggered an unprecedented wave of tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats. More than 150 Russian diplomats have been ordered out of the U.S., EU members, NATO countries and other nations as punishment for the March attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury that Britain has blamed on Moscow.The counterclaims from Moscow came as the last Russian diplomats were set to leave the countries where they were posted.Moscow has sought to punish Britain for calling on allies to expel Russian diplomats, saying Saturday London must reduce its diplomatic presence in the country by more than 50 further diplomats, to achieve "parity" with Russia's diplomatic staff in Britain.After the phone call, Washington expelled 60 Russian diplomats and shut down a Russian consulate in Seattle.Washington has, however, said Russia was free to apply to accredit more diplomats to replace those expelled.
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