Tensions between the United Kingdom and Russia spiked this week following an alleged Russian-backed assassination plot against a former spy; with British armed forces scrambling to “track down every molecule” of the deadly chemicals deployed on the streets of a quaint English town.
According to the Daily Mail, the military and local law enforcement descended on a second village in Dorset Wednesday; scrubbing the area for traces of the nerve agent used during the assassination of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal.
Skripal was found hunched-over on a park bench in the quiet town of Salisbury. Local residents have been advised to “stay in your homes” while police determine if the chemical still poses a health risk.
Russian authorities have vigorously denied any knowledge of the incident, demanding Prime Minister Theresa May submit evidence of the attack to an international body for further investigation.
In response, the UK government has given 23 Russian diplomats just one week to vacate the country; saying “Through these expulsions we will fundamentally degrade Russian intelligence capability in the UK for years to come.”
"Under the Vienna Convention, the United Kingdom will now expel 23 Russian diplomats who have been identified as undeclared intelligence officers. Through these expulsions we will fundamentally degrade Russian intelligence capability in the UK for years to come."
— Foreign Office 🇬🇧 (@foreignoffice) March 14, 2018