The United Kingdom will expel 23 Russian diplomats for case of Russian spy poisoned in England after Russia refused to give explanations on what happened, as reported on Wednesday prime minister, Theresa May. In addition, May said that it suspends all diplomatic contacts at highest level with Russians and cancels visit to London of Lavrov, foreign minister of country.
"Many of us look at post-Soviet Russia with hope. We wanted a better relationship and it is tragic that President Putin has chosen to act like this, "May said in parliament.
May has given diplomats, identified as "undeclared intelligence officers," a week to leave country. The British royal House also reacted by ensuring that none of its members will attend football World Cup held this summer in Russia.
The international pressure on Putin's government to explain why a Russian nerve agent was used to try to kill agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter on British soil is on rise. This afternoon UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting at request of Great Britain.
On Twitter, Russian opponent Alexey Navalny wrote: "23 diplomats will be expelled from London. 23 Russian oligarchs and corrupt bureaucrats will continue to enjoy life in London. "
In turn, 29 NATO countries urged Russia to respond to UK demands on attempted murder of Russian spy on British soil, considering it as a "flagrant violation" of international law on chemical weapons.
"The Allies agreed that attack constitutes a clear violation of international standards and agreements (on chemical weapons)," y said in a joint statement. And y asked Russia to answer questions of United Kingdom, one of members of Alliance.