More than 20 countries on Monday announced that they were expelling a total of more than 130 Russian diplomats, including 60 kicked out by the United States.
The unprecedented worldwide action comes just weeks after former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia became the victims of a nerve agent attack in Salisbury. Moscow continues to deny involvement in the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter.
In a joint statement issued this morning, Mr. Turnbull and Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop said the two Russian officials would be removed from Australia within seven days.
A British judge ruled last week that blood samples from former Russian spy Skripal and his daughter Yulia could be taken for testing by the world chemical weapons body (OPCW).
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The Russian Embassy in Canberra said the decision was regrettable and jeopardized bilateral relationships.
Over one hundred Russian officials are being expelled from the United Kingdom, the U.S., Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Italy, Lithuania, Romania, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Albania, Ukraine, Macedonia and Norway, according to CNN.
Tweeted Foreign Minister Bishop, "Australia is expelling 2 #Russian diplomats in response to nerve agent attack in #UK - an illegal and shocking act in blatant breach of global rules based order". More than three weeks after the attack, which Britain says was carried out by a nerve agent exclusively developed by Russian Federation, the Skripals are still in a coma in hospital.
Speaking at a conference in Uzbekistan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters that a reaction will follow because Russia "will not tolerate such rude behavior".
Moscow will respond appropriately to the U.S. expulsion of Russian diplomats and closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle, Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, RIA news agency reported.