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TIT-FOR-TAT DIPLOMACY

The Soviet Union warned Monday that 170 more Britons could be ordered to leave the country in an apparent escalation of tit-for-tat expulsions from both countries over the weekend. Government spokesman Gennady Gerasimov said at a news conference that the Soviet Union would lower the quota for Britons accredited in Moscow from 375 to 205 - the same level as that given to Soviets in London. On Friday Britain ordered 11 Soviet diplomats to leave for activities incompatible with their status - the diplomatic euphemism for spying. The Soviet Union responded by ordering 11 British diplomats and journalists to leave.