New Zealand wants to expel Russian spies, but can't find any

New Zealand wants to expel Russian spies, but can't find any

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the country may respond in other ways

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

New Zealand has said that while it would like to expel Russian spies following the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, it hasn't been able to find any.

Several diplomats have been expelled from countries such as the USA, Australia and Canada, as well as European countries, due to Russia being blamed for the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said: "We have done a check in New Zealand. We don't have Russian undeclared intelligence officers here. If we did, we would expel them.

"When there's a range of international interests...does it surprise me New Zealand is not top of their list? No, actually."

Despite this, she added that the country will continue to look at other ways it can support the international response to the attack, according to The Telegraph.

Russia has denied that it was responsible for the poisoning of the pair, who are both still in a critical condition in hospital.

More than 100 Russian diplomats have already been expelled across the world and the latest expulsion has come from Nato, the BBC reported.