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Australia announced its intention to expel Russian diplomats from the country because of the poisoning of ex-spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter in the UK, according to a statement published on the website of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

“Two Russian diplomats who are identified as covert intelligence officers will be expelled within seven days by the Australian government for actions that are not in accordance with their status, under the Vienna Conventions," it was reported.

The statement says that Russia's behavior is "reckless and destined to undermine international security and agreements on the prohibition of chemical weapons."

Australia recalled that in 2014, the country imposed sanctions in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia also stated that one Russian diplomat will be expelled from the country.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces that in close consultations with our EU and NATO allies and in solidarity with Great Britain, it decided to expel one Russian diplomat from the Republic of Macedonia in accordance with Article 9 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961,” the Foreign Ministry reported.

The statement also noted that the use of military weapons violates international law and endangers the security of the entire world community.

The Belgian government also intends to discuss at the meeting possible measures against the Russian Federation due to the poisoning of Skripal.

"The Federal Government will discuss possible measures in the second half of Tuesday," said Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders.

In turn, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that the government does not plan to expel Russian diplomats.

“Diplomats who were expelled by other countries were identified as intelligence officers. We do not have such people, but if we had, we would have them sent away," she said.

And Icelandic officials state they would not attend the World Cup in Russia and refuse all high-level contacts with representatives of the Russian Federation.

“All bilateral meetings with Russian officials and high-level officials are suspended for an indefinite period. In accordance with this decision, the Icelandic leadership will not visit Russia within the framework of the World Cup, which will be held this summer,” the Icelandic Foreign Ministry informed.

Reportedly, in connection with the poisoning of Skripal the Russian ambassador was summoned to in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to inform about this decision.

QHA reported that the US will expel 60 Russian diplomats because of the poisoning of Skripal. A number of EU countries reported on the expulsion of Russian diplomats after the incident in Salisbury, including Poland, the FRG, France, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, the Netherlands, Denmark, the Czech Republic.

Reference: March 5, Skripal, convicted in Russia for espionage in favor of London, and his daughter were hospitalized in critical condition after poisoning in the British city of Salisbury.

Source: RNZ, Ukrinform, Morgunblaðið

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