UK suspends high-level diplomatic contact with Russia over spy poisoning

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Britain will suspend high-level bilateral contact with Russia and revoke an invitation to Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, to visit, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday in response to the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in Britain.

May said Britain would “suspend all high-level bilateral contact”, saying that Russia was “culpable” for the poisoning.

Britain will also expel 23 Russian diplomats over the nerve agent attack.

The diplomats “have been identified as undeclared intelligence officers,” May said, giving them one week to leave the UK in the “single biggest expulsion for over 30 years.”

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday named Moscow as responsible for the nerve agent attack against a former Russian double agent in England.

“The Russian state was culpable of the attempted murder of spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia,” May told lawmakers.






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