Russia plans to expel UK diplomats in retaliation for Britain’s decision to kick out 23 Russians over Moscow’s alleged nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy on English soil, deepening the diplomatic crisis between London and Moscow.
Answering a reporter on Friday in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow will retaliate for Britain’s diplomatic expulsions. “We will, of course,” he said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, a former KGB spy, has so far only said publicly that Britain should discover the truth of what has happened.
Sergei Skripal, a former double agent and colonel in Russia’s foreign intelligence agency, and his daughter have been critically ill since March 4, when they were found unconscious on a bench in the southern English city of Salisbury.
Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were allegedly attacked by a nerve agent developed by the Soviet military.