March 26, 2018 / 1:44 PM / a year ago

Fourteen EU states expel Russian diplomats over Salisbury - Tusk

European Council President Donald Tusk makes a statement at Euxinograd residence, near Varna, Bulgaria M?rch 26, 2018. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

VARNA, Bulgaria (Reuters) - Fourteen European Union countries on Monday expelled Russian diplomats, a top official said, after the bloc last week sided with Britain in blaming Moscow over the poisoning of a former Russian spy.

“Already today, fourteen member states have decided to expel Russian diplomats,” Tusk told a news conference in the Black Sea city of Varna.

“Additional measures, including further sanctions within the common EU framework, cannot be excluded in the coming days and weeks,” he said.

Reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel, writing by Gabriela Baczynska

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