The UK has been given overwhelming support over the past few days as more than 130 Russian diplomats across Europe and US have been expelled.
In a response to the recent poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter, leaders across the globe have responded by pledging their support to the British Government by telling diplomats situated in many cities to leave their country.
Although Ireland have yet to formally announce their stance, countries including the US, Canada, Spain and Australia have aligned with the British Government’s stance and banish diplomatic representatives from their territories.
The move which has been dubbed the largest ever expulsion of Russian operatives comes after former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were poisoned with a deadly nerve agent in Salisbury, southern England.
Following the attack which could have potentially put many lives at risk, many EU leaders have agreed that it was highly likely that Russian government were behind the deadly attack.
That announcement combined with the expulsion of diplomats has now left the Russian government even more angred as they have repeatedly denied having any involvement in the attack.
Following the removal of diplomats 60 of which reside in the US, the Russian Russian foreign ministry said the moves demonstrated a continuation of a “confrontational path”.
“It goes without saying that this unfriendly act by this group of countries will not go without notice and we will react to it.”
Meanwhile the UK have welcomed the decision by foreign government’s saying that extraordinary international response shows that European democracy will stand together against threats and aggression issued by Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
Here is the full list below:
US: 60 diplomats
EU countries: France (4); Germany (4); Poland (4); Czech Republic (3); Lithuania (3); Denmark (2); Netherlands (2); Italy (2); Spain (2); Estonia (1); Croatia (1); Finland (1); Hungary (1); Latvia (1); Romania (1); Sweden (1)
Canada: 4, plus the rejection of 3 further applications from Russia