Salisbury Poisoning: Russia Threatens Retaliation After Britain Expels Its Diplomats

Sahash Khanal

Russia has threatened a retaliation against Britain after 23 of their diplomats were expelled from the country following the Salisbury poisoning row. Theresa May announced the removal of the Russian diplomats on Wednesday. Russia's ambassador to the UK, Alexander Yakovenko, in turn, announced that as a response, British diplomats would be removed from Moscow.

"There will be expulsions. As you understand in diplomatic practice, there will be answers from the Russian side."

British prime minister Theresa May spoke to the House of Commons regarding the government's response to the Salisbury poisoning on Wednesday, the Guardian reports. She claimed that the Russian government had responded to the allegations of the poisoning with "sarcasm, contempt and defiance."

"Their response has demonstrated complete disdain for the gravity of these events. There is no alternative conclusion other than the Russian state was responsible for the attempted murder of Mr Skripal and his daughter."

Theresa May seemed firm in her statement, saying that the British were not going to tolerate the attack on their people or others in their soil by outside agents.

"We will not tolerate the threat to life of British people and others on British soil from the Russian government. Nor will we tolerate such a flagrant breach of Russia's international obligations."
"There is no place for these people – or their money – in our country."

The Russian embassy in the UK posted a somewhat humorous tweet regarding the matter later that day. The embassy tweeted that the temperature of the Russia-UK relationship had dropped to below 23. Then in a somewhat darker tone, it added that Russians were not afraid of cold weather.