MFA: for parity with Russia, the British will need to reduce the diplomatic mission of about 50 people

MOSCOW, March 31. /TASS/. Russia plans to send more than 50 British diplomats as mirror measures at Britain’s decision to expel members of the Russian diplomatic missions. On Saturday TASS said the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

“The difference between the number of Russian and British diplomats – more than 50 people,” she said.

March 30, Moscow announced about the response to the heads of diplomatic missions of several Western countries who expelled Russian diplomats in a coordinated action after the incident in Salisbury.

March 4, ex-GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal, sentenced in Russia for espionage in favour of great Britain, and his daughter Julia were in Salisbury, according to the British side, effects of nerve agents. London has accused Moscow of involvement in the incident, explaining that the alleged substance was developed in Russia. Moscow categorically denied all the speculation, arguing that programmes such substances neither in the USSR nor in Russia did not exist.

Later, London was expelled from the country 23 Russian diplomat and expressed other anti-Russian measures. In response Russia expelled a similar number of staff of the British Embassy, ordered to close the Consulate General of Bulgaria in Saint-Petersburg, and also to stop the activities of the British Council in Russia.