March 20, 2018 / 10:12 AM / in 8 months

Buses pull up at Russian embassy as expelled diplomats prepare to leave London

A security guard stands outside the Russian Embassy in London, Britain, March 19, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - Two buses with diplomatic number plates arrived at the Russian embassy in London on Tuesday after Prime Minister Theresa May ordered 23 diplomats leave Britain in the wake of a military-grade nerve toxin attack on English soil.

A Reuters photographer outside the Russian embassy in London saw two buses arrive. Russian diplomats and children disembarked but have not left the embassy yet, the photographer said.

After the first known offensive use of such a nerve agent on European soil since World War Two, May last Wednesday gave 23 Russians she said were spies working under diplomatic cover at the embassy a week to leave.

Reporting by Toby Melville, editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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