March 20, 2018 / 4:12 PM / 8 months ago

Expelled Russian diplomats fly out of London

LONDON (Reuters) - Twenty three expelled Russian diplomats and their families flew out of London on an Ilyushin-96 plane on Tuesday.

The state-owned Russian plane, with “Rossiya” and the white, blue and red of Russia’s flag emblazoned on its side, made a special flight from Moscow to London’s Stansted airport to collect the diplomats.

Prime Minister Theresa May blamed Russia for this month’s attack on a Russian double-agent and his daughter - the first known offensive use of a nerve toxin in Europe since World War Two - and gave 23 Russians whom she said were spies working under diplomatic cover one week to leave London.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Stephen Addison

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