BELGRADE (FNI) - The state of affairs in the modern world is such that it can be called not the Cold War, but the "Ice War", Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic says.
"In the world there is no longer a Cold War, but an Ice War. They even announce a boycott to the World Cup. From Serbia they are required to speak on various issues - from incidents in the UK to the trade war with China." the diplomat said on local TV.
He also noted that further aggravation of relations between world forces and diplomats' reviews is expected.
14 EU member countries, United States, Ukraine, Albania and Canada also announced expulsion of Russian diplomats. The US will expel 60 diplomats, UK – 23, Ukraine – 13, Germany – 4, Canada - 4, Poland – 4, France - 4, Lithuania – 3, Czech Republic 3, Netherlands – 2, Italy – 2, Denmark – 2, Spain - 2, Albania - 2, Latvia – 1, Estonia – 1, Romania – 1, Finland – 1, Croatia – 1 and Sweden – 1.
The European Council has requested High Representative Federica Mogherini to recall the Head of the EU Delegation in the Russian Federation for consultations in Brussels.The Head of Delegation has been instructed accordingly by the High Representative and is expected to arrive in Brussels this weekend for consultations with her.
European Council agrees with UK government that highly likely Russia is responsible, and that there is no other plausible explanation, for poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter that took place in Salisbury on 4 March, that also left a police officer seriously ill.
The Prime Minister stated that the UK government will expel 23 Russian diplomats who have been identified as undeclared intelligence officers; develop proposals for new legislative powers to harden our defences against Hostile State Activity and ensure those seeking to carry out such activity cannot enter the UK; suspend all planned high-level contacts between the UK and the Russian Federation. After Russian MFA stated that they will expel 23 non grata British diplomats within a week. Expelled 23 Russian diplomats left the UK territory with a special IL-96 aircraft from Russia.