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    The UK imposed a raft of diplomatic sanctions against Russia over its alleged but unproven role in the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury on March 4. Moscow subsequently expelled 23 British diplomats from the country as part of its tit-for-tat response.

    Over a dozen EU member states, in addition to the US and Canada, announced plans to collectively expel over 100 Russian diplomats. The Russian foreign ministry has vowed to announce a “mirror-like response” over the next few days, as it did with the UK.

    British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson responded to the announcements of diplomatic sanctions against Russia by much of Europe and North America via Twitter, describing it as an "extraordinary international response by our allies.”   

    READ MORE: UK's May Welcomes Decision of States to Expel Russian Diplomats — Spokesperson

    “Today’s extraordinary international response by our allies stands in history as the largest collective expulsion of Russian intelligence officers ever & will help defend our shared security. Russia cannot break international rules with impunity,” UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in a tweet.

    Many social media users mockingly responded to him, while others called for evidence which implicates Russia in the incident in Salisbury earlier this month to justify the diplomatic sanctions. 

    Others questioned Russia's alleged role in the incident, and why its agents would use the A234 nerve agent for such a covert operation, as it seemingly traces back to them. 


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