Russia’s foreign ministry called UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s measures against Russia over the poisoning of an ex-spy an “unprecedentedly crude provocation” and vowed swift retaliation.
The ministry said in a statement Wednesday that the UK had “set out to seriously harm relations in the future in service of its unsightly political goals” by deporting 23 Russian diplomats from Britain and suspending all high-level contact.
The ministry added:
“Instead of completing its own investigation, using existing international formats and instruments, including those under the authority of the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons, which is what we were prepared for, the British government has made the choice to confront Russia. Obviously, by using one-sided and non-transparent methods to investigate this incident, the British authorities are trying to concoct yet another unfounded anti-Russian campaign.
Naturally, our countermeasures won’t keep you waiting.”