UK expels 23 Russian diplomats, Russian state assets to be frozen as well. More sanctions being announced at 19.00 tonight

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14 Mar 2018 20:52 - +18857
Oooh this shit just got real. Surprisingly solid response from Theresa May for now, but we'll have to see how the next few days play out. Russia will probably just respond with another snarky comment and expel a few diplomats though.
14 Mar 2018 21:07 - +15544
*May also said she has spoken to U.S. President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Merkel and French President Emmannuel Macron in the last 24 hours in an attempt coordinate efforts to stand up for rules-based international order.* This is a welcomed response from the UK and hopefully all parties will stand against this Russian attack.
14 Mar 2018 22:20 - +14556
The thing to be clear about is that they used fucking nerve gas on civilians. It didn't just affect the targets but also a policeman who found them, who is still in hospital, and up to 22 other people. How fucking reckless can you get. This is an act of terrorism.
14 Mar 2018 21:21 - +13662
Shit just went from Theresa May to Theresa Dunnit
14 Mar 2018 20:53 - +12488
This is the biggest expulsion of diplomats since the Cold War, pretty big news Edit: By the UK, according to an Associated Press notification I received
14 Mar 2018 22:05 - +7130
Diplomat uses poison -> diplomats expelled -> tensions rise. It’s EXACTLY like Sid Meyers’ Civilization!
14 Mar 2018 21:06 - +4194
How nice is it to see someone **actually doing something** how many said the UK would do nothing like Trump over here? how many said they would send a "strongly worded letter and tut!" Well done UK. Trump take note.
14 Mar 2018 20:54 - +3089
* **New legislative powers are to be developed to harden defences against all forms of hostile state activity** The home secretary has been asked whether there is a need for new counter-espionage powers. * **Ministers and Royal Family will not attend World Cup** There will be no attendance of ministers or the Royal Family to this year's World Cup. Mrs May said the UK had no issue with the Russian people and said hopes had been high for a close relationship after the end of the Cold War. But, she added: "It's tragic that President Putin has chosen to act in this way." And the message was that "those who seek us harm - you are not welcome here". * **Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn asks the PM how she has responded to Russian calls for a sample of the nerve agent**. "Our response must be decisive and proportionate and based on clear evidence," he says. There are cries of "disgraceful" from the Conservative benches. He also calls for Mrs May to update the House on conversations she has had with the Russian government. * **Russian Embassay in London issues a statement - Thanks /u/fiskemannen** "On 14 of March Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko was summoned to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office where he was informed that 23 diplomats were declared personae non gratae. We consider this hostile action as totally unacceptable, unjustified and shortsighted. All the responsibility for the deterioration of the Russia-UK relationship lies with the current political leadership of Britain."
14 Mar 2018 21:17 - +2932
Jesus. Putin lobbed a real softball to May. This is her very real chance to erase the narrative of her weakness since the election. Meanwhile my man Corbyn sounded straight up idiotic. I know he has to be contrarian as an opposition leader but this was definitely the wrong thing to sound off on.
14 Mar 2018 20:58 - +2626
Anybody know where I can get one of those fridges from Indiana Jones?
14 Mar 2018 21:29 - +1951
For perspective, UK has never expelled this many diplomats in a go in 30 years, and it has been announced there will be more to come. I totally understand the reaction. Governments around the world have to start treating Russia for what they are today. I am so sick of Russia's shenanigans the past 5-10 years, whether it is the Fancy Bear cyberattacks, the disruptions of democracies and their web brigades, the government sponsored doping in sports, their involvement in Syria, or what. What a miserable piece of a government.
14 Mar 2018 21:25 - +1604
Response from the Russian Embassy in London: "On 14 of March Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko was summoned to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office where he was informed that 23 diplomats were declared personae non gratae. We consider this hostile action as totally unacceptable, unjustified and shortsighted. All the responsibility for the deterioration of the Russia-UK relationship lies with the current political leadership of Britain." EDIT: Link-
14 Mar 2018 20:58 - +1516
"PM says she cannot divulge some actions on grounds of national security 'tragic Putin has chosen to act in this way' MI6 coming to you Putin
14 Mar 2018 21:43 - +1033
I'm a bit hopeless with politics but how has Russia come to wield so much influence on the world stage? Their economy doesn't even come within the top 10 countries and the UK's GDP is almost twice as ~~big~~ large as Russia's.
14 Mar 2018 20:55 - +978
May has gone up a bit in my books, I think she's been weak on Brexit and other issues, but shes being quite strong on this one. Broken clocks and all that.
14 Mar 2018 20:56 - +920
Cold War 2: The Coldening
14 Mar 2018 21:54 - +904
Putin will fall if the oligarchs start losing their wealth. Freeze it all.
14 Mar 2018 21:40 - +882
24 hours ago "THEY AIN'T GONNA DO ANYTHING" 6 hours ago "MIDNIGHT PASSED, LOLOLL" Where are you now, Russian accounts?
14 Mar 2018 23:11 - +674
Open-minded Russian here, I want to add something about Putin's motivation. Presidential elections in Russia are coming this Sunday. Putin wants to super-win them. Due to the overwhelming propaganda he is going to win anyway, but most people do not want to vote on pre-defined elections. He is using this to push his favorite narrative "West (Europe and USA) is our enemy, only a strong leader like me can protect Russia from their aggression" and motivate people to go and vote for him. Looks like we need to survive this somehow for another 6 years. Although I think Putin wasn't expecting answer of this magnitude.
14 Mar 2018 22:51 - +533
Oh boy we're about to enter the new cold War
14 Mar 2018 22:00 - +452
Maybe it will be surprise for you all, but here in Russia some people absolutely approve this shit. They told it's a good act to kill traitors. They even have no emotions about the other victims. Such a shame...
14 Mar 2018 22:16 - +329
Dude the next world cup is gonna be a goddamn mess.
14 Mar 2018 23:50 - +270
Thank you UK, for showing proper leadership in this matter. Attempted murder for a former operative and his daughter on UK soil is crossing the line and showing serious disregard for the sovereignty of western nations. At least someone in NATO still has balls.
14 Mar 2018 21:51 - +260
Chelsea FC just shat their pants. No more money from Grandpa Roman
14 Mar 2018 21:41 - +170
They should expel oligarchs en masse.
14 Mar 2018 22:35 - +165
2016-2018 is like a malfunctioning rollercoaster that won't stop and I just want to get off.
14 Mar 2018 21:01 - +156
Damn this is an interesting Prime Minister's Questions. Not a huge fan of the Tories but I'm happy with the decisive action. Looking forward to Russia's response now
14 Mar 2018 22:11 - +93
"Diplomats" ... what a nice way of saying intelligence agents with official cover. The bit about freezing assets is pretty interesting.
14 Mar 2018 22:53 - +90
Europe should also follow suit but also announce a push towards more renewable energy. Every solar panel, and wind turbine that comes online weakens Russia.
14 Mar 2018 22:28 - +86
As a Russian who studied and worked in the UK I really don’t want any further escalation, Putin really is doing our heads in over here with these shenanigans. I’m personally boycotting the elections as there is no point in voting to anyone. I hope sanity prevails in the end, and we all live in prosperity and peace.
14 Mar 2018 22:10 - +86
Can someone ELI5 me why the expelling of diplomats is a big deal? I get why freezing assets is, but can't quite comprehend how the expulsion of diplomats negatively affects Russia?
14 Mar 2018 23:47 - +58
A bully will continue to bully you if you fail to fight back. Russia must be taught the lesson of a thousand years.
14 Mar 2018 22:19 - +50
I hope this isn't some Franz Ferdinand level shit.
14 Mar 2018 22:40 - +28
As a Brit living in Russia, things just got real

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