Skripal attack: May rallies 20 European nations top expel Putin’s diplomats
11:40, Saturday, 24 March, 2018
President Macron said the threat from clandestine Russian operations “calls for a co-ordinated, determined response from the EU and its member states” OLIVIER HOSLET/EPAThe United States and up to 20 European countries are preparing to expel Russian diplomats linked to Moscow espionage networks. The unprecedented co-ordinated action will begin on Monday with the recall of the European Union’s ambassador to Moscow for four weeks. President Trump’s National Security Council recommended last night that a yet-to-be determined number of Russian diplomats be expelled from the US in response to the Salisbury attack. During four hours of talks on Thursday night, Theresa May rallied France, Germany, Lithuania and Ireland behind a robust response designed to damage a web of Russian operations identified by British intelligence.