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Britain and Russia lock horns as Moscow cuts UK diplomats

MOSCOW: Moscow has told Britain it must cut just over 50 more of its diplomatic and technical staff in Russia as a standoff deepened over the poisoning of a Russian former spy and his daughter in England, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday. Moscow also demanded an official explanation for the search of a Russian passenger plane in London, saying it reserved the right to act similarly against British airlines in Russia. Britain said the search was routine. Russia advised its citizens to think carefully before…

Russia orders US to cut diplomats in response to sanctions

MOSCOW: Russia's foreign ministry on Friday announced counter measures in response to tough new sanctions proposed by the United States, ordering Washington to reduce its diplomatic staff. Moscow ordered the US to reduce its diplomatic presence in Russia to 455 diplomats and staff and also barred it from using a Moscow summer house and storage facility. The ministry said that this was in response to the passing of a new bill on sanctions by the Senate late Thursday. US President Donald Trump will now have to decide…

India condemned for using its diplomatic mission for espionage

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office has said India had not only been found involved in promoting terrorist activities and financing terror outfits in Pakistan, but had also been using its diplomatic mission for nefarious designs. At a weekly press briefing, FO spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan was disappointed with India for violating diplomatic norms and misusing its mission for espionage. “The ‘fate’ of the eight alleged operatives would be taken up by “relevant authorities,” he added. The diplomats and staff…