UPDATED 9:53 AM PT — Wed. March 14, 2018
The British government is expelling more than 20 Russian diplomats in the wake of the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter.
Prime Minister Theresa May announced the penalties Wednesday after Moscow failed to explain how a Russian nerve agent was used on British soil.
May said it’s the U.K.’s biggest expulsion in more than 30 years, and those who wish to carry out harm against the U.K. are not welcome.
The expulsion includes the freezing of financial assets, visa bans, and a boycott of the Russian hosted World Cup.
“Under the Vienna Convention, the United Kingdom will now expel 23 Russian diplomats who have been identified as undeclared intelligence officers,” announced May. “They have just one week to leave.”
Russia has denied any involvement and plans to retaliate against the U.K.’s decision as the former Russian spy and his daughter remain in critical condition.