03/14/2018 (Wed) 17:51:39
The head of the Upper House of Parliament in Russia has called the expulsion of diplomats a "provocation". He has promised Russia will react in a "fast, tough and reciprocal way".
Separately, Angela Merkel said that the EU is united on Russia but must keep talking to Russia. The German chancellor said: "We take the findings of the British government very seriously ... We will present a common European view here.
"Nonetheless, I say we can't break off all contacts now. We must still talk with the Russians despite all differences of opinion."
Other highlights from the retaliation include the suspension of some Russian assets, a quasi boycott for the world cup, where no UK officials will be present, a suspension of all high-level contact with Russia, as well as sanctions for human-rights violations.
MAY: U.K. TO EXPEL 23 RUSSIAN DIPLOMATS IN RESPONSE TO ATTACK
MAY: EXPELLED RUSSIAN DIPLOMATS ARE INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS
MAY: EXAMINING NEED FOR NEW COUNTER-ESPIONAGE POWERS
MAY: WILL LOOK INTO SANCTIONS FOR HUMAN-RIGHTS VIOLATIONS
MAY: WILL FREEZE RUSSIAN ASSETS WHERE POSSIBLE
MAY: WILL USE EXISTING POWERS TO MONITOR TRAVELERS TO U.K.
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