TOPSHOT - British ambassador to Russia Laurie Bristow leaves the Russian Foreign Ministry headquarters in Moscow on March 30, 2018. / AFP / Vasily MAXIMOV
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Russia Friday expelled Dutch diplomats and told Britain it had one month to reduce its diplomatic presence in the country, hitting back at EU countries after a coordinated campaign by the U.K. and its allies over a nerve agent attack on a former spy.Dutch ambassador Renee Jones-Bos said she had been told two diplomats would be expelled.The Russian foreign ministry also gave Britain a month to cut its number of diplomatic staff in Russia to the same as Russia has in Britain.The Kremlin said Friday it was not Russia that had unleashed a diplomatic war with the West.Lavrov said the U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman had been informed of "retaliatory measures".Russia said 58 diplomats from the U.S. embassy in Moscow and two from the consulate in the city of Yekaterinburg have to leave Russia by next Thursday.Lavrov said Russia was also mulling tit-for-tat responses to the other countries that have expelled its diplomats.
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