Russia Expels 23 British Diplomats in Response to UK Action on Poisoned Ex-Spy

Russia has expelled 23 British diplomats in direct retaliation to the UK doing the same just days ago.

In response to the poisoning of a former Russian spy, UK Prime Minister Theresa May this week said there’s no doubt Russia is guilty of attempted murder. She announced that 23 Russian diplomats would be expelled from the UK.

The Russian ambassador to the UK responded by saying they “consider this a provocation,” and earlier today, Russia ordered that 23 UK diplomats be expelled.

Per The New York Times

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry cast Russia as the aggrieved party, asserting that Russia was acting “in response to the unfounded accusation against the Russian Federation for what happened in Salisbury.”

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It added, “The British side is warned that, in the case of further actions of an unfriendly character toward Russia, the Russian side reserves the right to take other answering measures.”

You can watch CBS’ report above.

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