LONDON, March 20. /Offset. TASS Ilya Dmitriev/. Expelled from London 23 Russian diplomats arrived on Tuesday in the British Stansted airport, from where later they have to return home sent from Moscow a special flight. About it the correspondent of TASS, who accompanied the diplomats on the way to the airport.
Together with families of Britain leaving about 80 people. For their transportation to the airport, located in the North of the British capital, was allocated more than 10 cars, which departed in the morning from the building of the diplomatic mission in the West of London.
The expulsion of diplomats was the result of a serious diplomatic scandal in relations between Moscow and London on soil poisoning on March 4 in English Salisbury convicted of espionage of ex-GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia. They have been exposed to nerve agents was found unconscious on a bench outside the shopping centre the Maltings 140 miles from London. Both are now in hospital in critical condition.
The British authorities accused Russia of involvement in the poisoning, but any evidence was not presented. Despite this, Prime Minister Theresa may, on 14 March announced the expulsion of diplomats and the suspension of bilateral contacts at a high level. Fees for employees of the diplomatic mission were given week.
In response to the actions of the London, the Russian foreign Ministry announced on March 17 persona non grata 23 British diplomats instructing them to leave Russia within a week.