March 16, 2018 / 7:37 AM / 2 years ago

Russia's Lavrov says Moscow will expel British diplomats

Foreign Ministers, Sergei Lavrov (L) of Russia, Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) of Turkey and Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran, attend the international meeting on Syria in Astana, Kazakhstan March 16, 2018. REUTERS/Mukhtar Kholdorbekov

ASTANA (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday Russia will expel British diplomats in response to London’s decision to expel 23 staff at the Russian embassy in London.

Asked by a Reuters reporter, at a summit on Syria in the Kazakh capital, if Russia planned to expel British diplomats, Lavrov replied: “We will, of course.” He did not give any further details.

Reporting by Olzhas Auyezov; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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