The Russian government fired-back at the United Kingdom following the expulsion of 23 Kremlin diplomats from the UK; announcing their decision to remove British officials from Russia as tensions between the two nations reach their highest levels since the Cold War.
According to Reuters, Putin plans to announce his decision after British Prime Minister Theresa May formally accused the Kremlin of the illegal assassination plot; using banned nerve agents to murder a former spy in a quiet English town.
It was the first known use of chemical weapons in Europe since the Second World War.
“Russia is set to expel British diplomats in retaliation for Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to kick out 23 Russians as relations with London crashed to a post-Cold War low over an attack involving a military-grade nerve agent on English soil,” writes Reuters.
Putin’s announcement comes hours after leaders of the United States, United Kingdom, France, and Germany slammed the Russian government for its role behind the illegal assassination plot; labeling the attack “abhorrent” to the international community.