NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the Alliance is on a third will reduce the number of employees of the Russian permanent representation in connection with the case Skripal. Write about it RIA Novosti.
the Number of employees will be reduced from 30 to 20 people. Seven diplomats will take a previously received accreditation, and three more will get a waiver.
At the same time, as noted Stoltenberg, the Alliance does not intend to cancel the preparation of the meeting of the Council Russia — NATO.
“Our actions reflect serious concerns about security expressed by all the allies, and are part of a coordinated international response to Russia’s behavior. They are proportionate and consistent with our legal obligations,” — said Stoltenberg.
According to the Secretary General of the Alliance, member countries of the military block had made the right decision to expel Russian diplomats. “Between NATO countries, intensive consultations were conducted. These consultations led to the fact that more than 25 allies and partners in NATO expelled from countries more than 140 Russian representatives. It is broad, strong and coordinated international response,” said Stoltenberg.
Former GRU officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia on March 4, found unconscious in the Park in Salisbury. Britain was accused of poisoning with nerve substance Moscow and sent 23 Russian diplomats. Later on the decision to send Russian representatives said other European countries, USA, Canada and Australia. Moscow denies the allegations, and promised West to respond to the expulsion of its diplomats.