Keerthiga Vijayapalan | The Avro Post
British Prime Minister Theresa May has expelled 23 Russian intelligence diplomats from the United Kingdom on Wednesday following the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia.
The diplomats were identified as undeclared intelligence agents within the U.K and given one week to leave Britain.
“We wanted a better relationship, and it is tragic that President Putin has chosen to act in this way,” Theresa May says as she addresses hostile Russian activity against the U.K.
May has blamed Moscow for the attack and has taken immediate measurement against hostile activities, freezing all potentially threatening Russia state assets.
The House of Commons declared that they “will not tolerate the threat to life of British people, and others on British soil from the Russian government,” suspending all high-level contact between Russia and the U.K.
Traces of the poisonous chemical used are found in Novichok agents, a banned chemical weapon developed in the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said there is no definitive proof of Russia’s part it the attack in Salisbury and that “culpability takes many forms.” Pressing whether the British government has provided traces for Russia to analyze.
Russia’s Foreign Minister has stated that the expulsion was “an unprecedentedly crude provocation,” denying all accusations against them and demanding samples of the chemical agent as “material proof”
This is the largest mass expulsion from the U.K. in 30 years.
More details to follow. Image of Theresa May from Anchorage Daily News