According to the Prime Minister Theresa May, Britain will immediately expel about 23 Russian Diplomats in response to how a Russian ex-spy was attacked with chemicals in southern England. The expulsion is set to be one of the biggest one in the last 30 years. She also added that they are going to introduce new defense mechanisms against any hostile state activities which also includes the freezing of Russian state assets if there is any threat or evidence to downgrade the attendance at the upcoming soccer World Cup in Russia in the coming month.
Russia has completely denied its involvement in the attack and said that if action was taken against them, they would retaliate. Former double agent Sergei Skripal age 66 and his daughter Yulia age 33, were found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury on the 4th of March and were rushed to the hospital in serious condition. Even a police officer was attacked and was admitted to the hospital.
According to May, the agent and his daughter were attacked using a Soviet-era military nerve agent called Novichok. She had given a chance to Moscow to explain their involvement in the attack or they have lost some part of this dangerous substance from their stock. But, she was surprised at the way Moscow responded and that their sarcasm and defiance on the incident showed that they were responsible for the attack on the agent and also threatening the lives of a police officer.
May said that the expulsion of the 23 diplomats would be the single most expulsion in Britain in the last 30 years and would result in degrading Russian intelligence in Britain in the coming years. She also said that immediate proposals would be made to counter any attacks by the Russians. It also includes the increase of power against those involved in hostile state activity on the borders. There will be growing efforts to monitor and track the intentions of those traveling to the UK from Russia for anything that would represent as a security threat. Even the private flights, customers and freight would be subjected to more frequent checks.
May has also threatened action against the serious criminals and the corrupt elites as there is no place for such people in the country. The Prime Minister also added that they would revoke the invitation to the Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergei Lavrov to visit Britain and also suspended bilateral contacts between the two countries.