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Britain makes biggest Russian expulsion since Cold War

Britain will make the extraordinary move to expel 23 Russian diplomats after the attempted murder of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal.

It is the biggest expulsion since the height of the Cold War more than 30 years.

Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled a range of measures it is taking against Moscow, which it blames for the nerve agent poisoning of the former Russian double agent on British soil.

Ms May has also confirmed no UK dignitaries will attend the World Cup in Russia this year.

A planned visit by Russia’s foreign minister will also be scrapped.

Ms May told Parliament that Russia has treated the use of a military grade nerve agent with sarcasm, contempt and defiance.

And she said Britain would impose new sanctions against corrupt Russian individuals and their assets.

“There is no place for these people or their money in our country,” she said.

“We will not tolerate the threat to life of British people and others on British soil from the Russian Government. Nor will we tolerate such a flagrant breach of Russia’s international obligations.”

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