Moscow, Mar 31 (AFP) Britain has to reduce its diplomatic staff in Russia by more than 50 people, the foreign ministry said today, following an escalating row over an attack on a former double agent.

“Russia suggested parity. The British side has more than 50 more people,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told AFP.

Yesterday, Moscow gave London a month to cut the number of diplomatic staff in Russia to the same number Russia has in Britain. AFP KIS KIS

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