Russia has expelled 60 American diplomats and closed the Consulate General in St. Petersburg, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
“Literally at this moment, US Ambassador Huntsman is in our ministry, where my deputy Sergei Ryabkov is explaining to him the content of the measures against the United States, they include the expulsion of a similar number of diplomats as the US expelled, and our decision to close the US Consulate General in St. Petersburg,” said the diplomat. He also stressed that other countries that followed Washington’s example will see similar measures.
Commenting on the incident in Salisbury, Lavrov said the West’s behavior with “mockery of international law.” He called the conclusions about Russia’s involvement in the poisoning “regrettable” and “hasty” and again pointed out that Moscow has nothing to do with the situation.
“So in order to achieve a normal conversation, in order to establish the truth, we formally proposed to convene … on April 2 an extraordinary session of the OPCW’s executive council,” the Foreign Minister stressed. Lavrov expressed the hope that the Western partners “will not ignore an honest conversation, otherwise this will be another confirmation that everything that is happening is a grossly initiated provocation.”
US diplomats are obliged to leave Russia before April 5. In this case, the building of the General Consulate in St.