Uzbekistan: ‘We will respond, do not doubt it’ — Lavrov on diplomat expulsions

«We will respond, do not doubt it, because no one wants to stand for such impudence,» Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday, commenting on the decision of a number of EU member states to expel Russian diplomats over the Skripal poisoning case. The statement was made on the sidelines of a high-level international conference on peace in Afghanistan, being held in Tashkent. «We... Еще know for certain this is the result of colossal pressure, of colossal blackmail, which now, unfortunately, is the main instrument of Washington on the international arena,» he added. On March 14, the British government announced the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats over the Skripal poisoning case, which the British government blames on Russia. On Monday, the US, Canada and several EU countries also ordered Russian diplomats to leave. Moscow denies having any role in the poisoning of Skripal, and has offered to help in the investigation into the attack.

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