Uruguay turns down US request to expel Russian diplomats

Published: April 21, 2018 10:11:44 | Updated: April 22, 2018 18:53:47

Newly elected Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez gestures while announcing the ministers of his government at his office in Montevideo December 2, 2014. Reuters.

Uruguay says it has rejected a request by the United States to expel Russian diplomats from the South American country in response to the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in Britain.

The decision was announced Friday by Uruguay’s presidency.

The US made the request during a recent meeting of the Organisation of American States in Peru’s capital, reports the Associated Press.

Uruguayan Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa called the request ‘impertinent.’

“Uruguay is a sovereign country that sets its own policies of relationships with the rest of the world,” he said.

The US and other Western nations have kicked out more than 100 Russian diplomats in response to the poisoning.

A State Department spokesperson for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs responded that “it would be impertinent to comment on privileged diplomatic conversations.”

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