Ambassador says Russian Embassy getting threats

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s ambassador to the United Kingdom says the Russian Embassy in London is receiving threats against its diplomats.

Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko’s told Russian news channel Rossiya-24 on Thursday the embassy is receiving “a mass of messages” and some are from people vowing “to take reprisals on diplomats.”

Yakovenko spoke as tensions soared over Britain’s decision to expel 23 diplomats in connection with the poisoning in Britain of a former Russian double agent and his daughter.

He said: “There are quite a lot of mentally unbalanced people and people with a criminal past. You can expect anything from them.”