What Can the Mass Deportation of Russian Diplomats by the West Lead to?

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Already 23 states have announced about the deportation of Russian diplomats after the UK on Skripal’s case. In particular, 16 European countries, the United States, Canada, Albania, Macedonia, Norway, Ukraine and Australia have decided to deport RF diplomats.

Thus, the authorities of Germany, France and Poland decided to deport four Russian diplomats, the authorities of Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark and Spain – two diplomats. Sweden, Finland, Hungary, Croatia and Romania have announced that they are deporting one Russian diplomat each. Czech Republic and Lithuania will deport 3 diplomats each. Besides, Lithuania has decided to deport the second secretary of the Russian embassy, and Estonia, the military attaché of the Russian Embassy.

US President Donald Trump’s administration has decided to deport 60 Russian diplomats from the country and close the Consulate General of Russia in Seattle. Canada has declared about deportation of 4, Albania and Australia two each, Norway and Macedonia one Russian diplomat. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced the deportation of 13 Russian diplomats.

The Irish authorities have already announced their intention to deport Russian diplomats, and though the authorities of Iceland have decided not to deport Russian diplomats, they have declared about the closure of the World Football Championship and the high-level ties with Russia. Earlier, the UK announced the deportation of 23 Russian diplomats. Thus, in general, 139 Russian diplomats were deported.

In this regard, the Russian Foreign Ministry promised to give an adequate response to the deportation of diplomats and the closure of the Consulate General of Russia in Seattle.

Of course, all this will have a negative impact on Russia-West relations, but it should be noted that the decision to deport Russian diplomats is a more demonstrative step – it is just about deportation, but not about reducing the number of diplomatic missions. The deported diplomats will be replaced with new ones.

Thus, London’s attempt to bring Europe against Russia was unsuccessful not only in terms of the “sanctions” chosen, but also by the fact that not all EU member states joined this campaign against Moscow.