Moscow has responded to the decision of UK to kick out 23 Russian diplomats. In a statement the Russian Embassy said: ‘On March 14 Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko was summoned to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office where he was informed that 23 diplomats were declared personae non gratae.
‘We consider this hostile action as totally unacceptable, unjustified and shortsighted.
‘All the responsibility for the deterioration of the Russia-UK relationship lies with the current political leadership of Britain.’
UK will be expelling 23 Russian diplomats and eliminating high-level contacts with the Kremlin over the nerve-agent attack on a former spy and his daughter in an English town.
Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed that the diplomats, who have been identified as undeclared intelligence officers, have a week to vacate.
In an oral statement to the House of Commons, Theresa May told MPs that Russia had responded to her demand for an explanation of events in Salisbury with ‘sarcasm, contempt and defiance’.
Mrs May said: ‘Their response has demonstrated complete disdain for the gravity of these events.’
Russia had failed to provide any ‘credible’ explanation of events and of why it has ‘an undeclared chemical weapons programme in contravention of international law’, she said.
She also said that UK was breaking-off high level contacts with Russia and that dignitaries, including members of the royal family, will not attend this summer’s World Cup in Russia.