The UK will expel 23 Russian diplomats in response to a nerve toxin attack on a Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday, describing the attack as an unlawful use of force by Russia against the United Kingdom.
May announced that Skripals father and daughter were attacked with Novichok, a Soviet-era military-grade nerve agent.
“Their response demonstrated complete disdain for the gravity of these events,” May said in a statement to parliament.
“They have treated the use of a military-grade nerve agent in Europe with sarcasm, contempt and defiance” May continued.
“There is no alternative conclusion, other than that the Russian state was culpable for the attempted murder of Mr Skripal and his daughter, and for threatening the lives of other British citizens in Salisbury, including Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey” – May said.
“This represents an unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the United Kingdom.”