The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia announced retaliatory measures against London: non-grata personified 23 diplomatic employees of the British embassy; the permission for the opening of the British Consulate General in St. Petersburg is withdrawn, the British Council in Russia is completing its work.
They (23 diplomatic employees of the British Embassy) must leave Russia in a week, the RIA Novosti news agency reports.
It is noted that the relevant procedures will be implemented in accordance with international legal practice.
The Foreign Ministry also withdrew Russia's consent to the opening and functioning of the British Consulate General in St. Petersburg. It is specified that the institution will be given the necessary time to complete the work.
In addition, "in connection with the unsettled status of the British Council" in Russia, its activities will be terminated.
The UK is warned that if further unfriendly actions are taken against Russia, Moscow reserves the right to take other response measures.
Earlier it became known that the British Ambassador Laurie Bristow was summoned to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
On Friday, it was reported that Russia had taken a decision on retaliatory measures against Britain; representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that the relevant information will be brought to the British side "in the near future."
On Wednesday, at a meeting of the UN Security Council, the United States assigned responsibility for the poisoning of Skripal to Russia. Before that, the United Kingdom had already announced the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats.