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NATO Joins More Than 20 Countries In Expelling Russian Diplomats

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NATO Joins More Than 20 Countries In Expelling Russian Diplomats
It's an act of retaliation for Russia's alleged role in the poisoning of a former spy.
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NATO is the latest entity punishing Russia for its alleged role in a nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal on British soil. Several countries, including the U.K. and the U.S., believe Russia was behind the poisoning.

NATO is expelling seven Russian diplomats and capping Moscow's mission staff at 20 people. It was previously allowed 30. 

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the move is meant to show Russia there are "costs and consequences" for its "unacceptable and dangerous" actions.

Russia continues to deny it had anything to do with Skripal's poisoning. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the U.S. had used "colossal pressure and colossal blackmail" to get other entities to act against Russia. Russia has also accused the U.K. of launching a campaign against Moscow.