Russia expels 2 Ukrainian diplomats
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Russia expels 2 Ukrainian diplomats

30 Jul, 11:59 PM

Russia has told two Ukrainian diplomats to leave the country in retaliation for moves by Kiev against two Russians, state media said Wednesday.

The decision underlined tensions between Russia and neighboring Ukraine, whose leaders seek closer integration with the West.

Ukraine told the two Russian diplomats to leave this week, after weapons movements by the Russian Black Sea Fleet that Ukraine said were not permitted. The fleet is based in Ukraine's port of Odessa.

A Russian Foreign Ministry statement released Wednesday said that Ukraine had halted the expulsion of one of the diplomats, but called Kiev's actions "an openly anti-Russian step."

The statement said Ukraine's consul-general in St. Petersburg and a counselor at the Ukrainian embassy were being asked to leave.

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