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Russia expels 59 diplomats from 23 countries, asks UK to remove further diplomatic staff

Russia has expelled 59 diplomats from 23 countries and asked Britain to cut “just over 5o” of its diplomatic mission in Russia, reports Reuters.

On Friday, Russia’s Foreign Ministry summoned British Ambassador Laurie Bristow and told him that the UK had one month to cut its diplomatic contingent in Russia to the same size as the Russian mission in Britain.

“We have asked for parity. The Brits have 50 diplomats more than Russians,” said the Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.