SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia said yesterday it will expel two Russian diplomats in response to a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy that the British government has blamed on Moscow and hinted at a possible boycott of the World Cup.
The United States said on Monday it would expel 60 Russian diplomats, joining governments across Europe in punishing the Kremlin. In total, 100 Russian diplomats were being removed.
“Together with the United Kingdom and other allies and partners, Australia is taking action in response to the recent nerve agent attack in Salisbury, UK,” PM Malcolm Turnbull announced.
“Two Russian diplomats identified as undeclared intelligence officers will be expelled by the Australian government for actions inconsistent with their status, pursuant to the Vienna Conventions.”
FM Julie Bishop said there other possible actions, included Australia boycotting the 2018 World Cup.