In her speech at the Conservative Spring Forum in London on Saturday, Theresa May warned Russia that the UK “will never tolerate a threat to the life of British citizens”. She has also announced that Moscow is in “flagrant breach” of international law over what happened in Salisbury.
“Many Russians have made this country their home. And those who abide by our laws and make a contribution to our society will always be welcome,” May said in her speech. “But we will never tolerate a threat to the life of British citizens and others on British soil from the Russian Government,” she continued.
It was after Russia’s threat that it would retaliate to Britain’s expulsion of 23 diplomats earlier this week by a tit-for-tat solution, by expelling the same number of UK officials from Moscow. However, May said that she had anticipated the move before.
The Prime Minister also declared that: “The rule of law. Freedom of speech. The toleration of dissenting and minority views. A free press. Fair and democratic elections. A thriving civil society. These are the foundation stones of human freedom.”
“They don’t come about by accident, and they are certainly not the default setting for any society,” she added. “They take years of patient work to build up, they face constant threats, and they must always be defended. They are the values which unite us as a country,” she continued.