Following the London’s allegations that Russia was behind the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, Russia stated that it would expel British diplomats. Now UK is thinking about what it is going to do as its next steps in response to Russia’s expulsion of 23 diplomats. The British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that in coming days “we will consider our next steps” in response to what Russia did.
In her speech at the Conservative Spring Forum in London on Saturday, Theresa May said that: “In light of their (Russia’s) previous behavior, we anticipated a response of this kind and we will consider our next steps in the coming days, alongside our allies and partners.”
“But Russia’s response doesn’t change the facts of the matter – the attempted assassination of two people on British soil, for which there is no alternative conclusion other than that the Russian State was culpable,” she added.
May expressed that “it is Russia that is in flagrant breach of international law and the Chemical Weapons Convention.” She also added that she’s avid to “dismantle” the so-called Russian spy network operating out of the UK, and to suspend all planned contact between London and Moscow. “We will never tolerate a threat to the life of British citizens and others on British soil from the Russian Government,” she said.
Earlier, on Friday, the British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin had personally ordered the suspected nerve agent attack – a claim which was dubbed “shocking and unforgivable” by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.