LONDON, British Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed on Monday the historic measures taken by European countries against Russia in response to the assassination attempt to Ex-Russian double agent in Salisbury earlier this month.
In a speech to Britain’s Parliament, May said “18 countries have announced their intention to expel more than 100 Russian intelligence officers from their countries.
This includes 15 EU Member States as well as the US, Canada, and the Ukraine.
This is the largest collective expulsion of Russian intelligence officers in history, she said.
“I have found great solidarity from our friends and partners in the EU, North America, NATO and beyond over the past three weeks as we have confronted the aftermath of the Salisbury incident.
“Together we have sent a message that we will not tolerate Russia’s continued attempts to flout international law and undermine our values.
“European nations will also act to strengthen their resilience to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear-related risks as well as bolstering their capabilities to deal with hybrid threats.
“We also agreed that we would review progress in June, with Foreign Ministers being tasked to report back ahead of the next Council. The challenge of Russia is one that will endure for years to come.
“As I have made clear before, we have no disagreement with the Russian people who have achieved so much through their country’s great history.
Indeed, our thoughts are with them today in the aftermath of the awful shopping centre fire in Kemerovo in Siberia.” May said that Russian President Vladimir President Putin’s regime is carrying out acts of aggression against our shared values and interests within our continent and beyond.
“And as a sovereign European democracy, the United Kingdom will stand shoulder to shoulder with the EU and with NATO to face down these threats together,” May said.
May added “this was the first offensive use of a nerve agent on European soil since the foundation of the EU and NATO.
“It is a clear violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and, as an unlawful use of force, a clear breach of the UN Charter,” said the British premier.
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