Russian diplomats expelled from UK head back to Moscow

Twenty-three Russian diplomats ...

Posted: Mar 20, 2018 2:03 PM
Updated: Mar 20, 2018 2:03 PM

Twenty-three Russian diplomats expelled from the UK over the poisoning of a former spy on British soil have begun their journey to Moscow, Russia state news agency TASS reported.

Around 80 people, including the diplomats' families, were due to fly out of London on Tuesday to the Russian capital. A Reuters video showed a small crowd gathered outside the Russian embassy, hugging and waving goodbye to others boarding vehicles with diplomatic plates.

Russia and the UK have been embroiled in a bitter diplomatic row since Russian former double agent Sergey Skripal, 66, and his daughter, 33-year-old Yulia Skripal, were poisoned in the English cathedral city of Salisbury on March 4.

The pair remain critically ill in the hospital, while a British police officer also fell ill from exposure to the substance, which British officials believe was the military-grade nerve agent Novichok.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May accused Russia of orchestrating the attack.

Putin calls row 'delirium'

Russian officials have repeatedly denied carrying out the poisoning, and President Vladimir Putin described the accusations as "delirium" on Sunday, in comments after winning another six years as president.

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said that the Russian denials were growing grow "increasingly absurd."

"One time they say that they never made Novichok, another time they say did make Novichok but all the stocks have been destroyed," he said Monday at a NATO meeting in Brussels.

"I think what people can see is that this is a classic Russian strategy of trying to conceal the needle of truth in a haystack of lies and obfuscation.

Russia's foreign ministry has retaliated by ordering 23 British diplomats leave the country as well.

The ministry also declared it was closing the British consulate in St. Petersburg as well as the British Council, a cultural institute with artistic, language and educational programs.

Russian Senator Igor Morozov, a veteran of the Russian Service of External Intelligence, claimed the British Council was being used as a cover for UK intelligence agencies, state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported. The British Council said it was "profoundly disappointed" by Moscow's decision to order its closure.

London's Metropolitan Police is also investigating the death of Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov, who was found dead last week in his London home. They are now treating the case as murder.

A post-mortem exam on the Russian exile, who had links to compatriots who died in mysterious circumstances in the UK, "gave the cause of death as compression to the neck," a police statement said.

There's no evidence at this stage that his death and the attack on the Skripals are linked, it said.

West Lafayette
Partly Cloudy
57° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 57°
Kokomo
Clear
54° wxIcon
Hi: 56° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 54°
Rensselaer
Clear
57° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 57°
Fowler
Partly Cloudy
57° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 57°
Williamsport
Partly Cloudy
55° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 55°
Crawfordsville
Mostly Cloudy
57° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 57°
Frankfort
Partly Cloudy
57° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 57°
Delphi
Partly Cloudy
56° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 56°
Monticello
Clear
56° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 56°
Logansport
Clear
54° wxIcon
Hi: 55° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 54°
Clearing skies with warm and breezy conditions
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1107189

Reported Deaths: 17621
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1446032234
Lake718651243
Allen66280881
Hamilton50567487
St. Joseph49217645
Elkhart39818546
Vanderburgh34458496
Tippecanoe30484274
Johnson27431465
Hendricks26064382
Porter25355386
Madison20880450
Clark20071278
Vigo18905309
LaPorte17019261
Howard16577313
Delaware16575299
Monroe16463220
Kosciusko14118166
Hancock12984185
Bartholomew12813190
Warrick12113190
Wayne11987268
Floyd11939226
Grant11845241
Morgan10324191
Boone9770121
Noble9181122
Henry9093167
Marshall9002147
Dearborn8900100
Dubois8778139
Shelby8178129
Cass8099127
Lawrence7989184
DeKalb7693108
Jackson758393
Huntington7548111
Gibson7045118
Montgomery6986123
Harrison6905100
Knox6884115
Steuben661988
Miami6530111
Whitley651460
Putnam638384
Clinton622177
Wabash6137111
Jasper607392
Jefferson5760104
Ripley553093
Adams537981
Daviess5042117
Scott485780
Wells4787103
White472869
Greene4661100
Clay460562
Decatur4576110
Jennings445767
Fayette442894
LaGrange423190
Posey405444
Randolph3872107
Washington387056
Fountain370464
Fulton361673
Spencer359247
Starke351574
Owen349677
Sullivan346654
Orange326572
Jay323950
Rush304332
Carroll291839
Franklin289544
Perry287153
Vermillion282058
Tipton249465
Parke248530
Pike245544
Blackford219744
Pulaski207559
Newton180652
Brown174250
Crawford168329
Benton165517
Martin152119
Switzerland146812
Warren133916
Union120516
Ohio92113
Unassigned0588

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events