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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - There are no new agreements regarding the number of Russian diplomats that will be based at the country's embassy in London, and the restrictions implemented after the Salisbury incident remain in force, a representative of the UK Embassy in Moscow told Sputnik.

    The Russian Embassy in London told Sputnik on Monday that it would in the near future be sending more diplomats, who have received visas in December, to London for the first time since the mutual expulsion of 23 diplomats in March 2018 in the wake of the Salisbury incident.

    "We regularly exchange diplomatic visas and do not comment on individual cases. No new agreements have been reached", the representative said.

    READ MORE: Media Reports on Skripals Life in UK After Incident Are False — Russian Embassy

    The diplomat noted that the dialogue with Russia about diplomatic visas had been ongoing even before the Salisbury incident.

    "Also, there were no changes in our position regarding the composition of the Russian diplomatic mission in the United Kingdom, including the measures taken after the Salisbury incident. The number of employees of the diplomatic missions of Russia and the United Kingdom is calculated within the framework of the previously adopted restrictions", the representative said.

    London-Moscow relations deteriorated sharply after London accused Moscow of orchestrating the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in the UK city of Salisbury with what it called the A234 nerve agent. UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats in response. Russian authorities have refuted the allegations as groundless, and ordered the same number of UK diplomats to leave Russia, and for the British Council to cease its operations in Russia.

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