UK Expels 23 Russian Spies in Retaliation for Poisoning Double Agent on UK Soil

In an address to the House of Commons on Wednesday, UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats in retaliation for the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury, England. The diplomats, who the British government has identified as undeclared intelligence officials, have been given just one week to leave the country. The expulsion would be the largest expulsion of Russian diplomats from the UK in more than 30 years. The Skripals were discovered unconscious on a park bench, and remain hospitalized in critical condition. In a previous address delivered on Monday, May had vehemently denounced the poisoning as a “reckless and despicable act.” She revealed that independent experts had established that the Skripals had been poisoned by a “military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia.” The nerve agent was identified as belonging to a family of chemical weapons called…

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