Theresa May says London will never tolerate the Russian government threatening British citizenship and the lives of others on British soil.
The British Prime Minister, speaking on Saturday’s closing day of the ruling Political Forum of the Governor of the Conservative Party in London, said in Salisbury, England, a murder attempt by Sergei Szkripal’s former Russian agent and daughter was a manifestation of Russian aggression that “is exactly the opposite of all democratic and liberal values , which determine the existence of the United Kingdom “.
The cornerstones of human freedom include the rule of law, freedom of speech, non-office and minority opinions, free press, a just and democratic electoral system, and prosperous civil society. These values do not come from a society in itself, they have to be built with long-lasting build-ings and are exposed to constant dangers, “said the British Prime Minister.
Theresa May confirmed that the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats, identified as intelligence by the British authorities at the Russian Embassy in London, is aimed at expelling Russia’s espionage spy network.
The fact that the Russian government informed the British ambassador in Moscow about the expulsion of 23 British diplomats on Saturday also said that, according to previous conduct by Russia, the British government had expected such a Russian response.
The British Prime Minister announced, without details, Britain’s next day, together with its allies and partners, to look at what further steps to take.
Great Britain suspended the planned high-level bilateral diplomatic contacts with Russia in response to a poisoned murder attempt in Salisbury on March 4, following the expulsion of Russian diplomats.
Moscow on Saturday announced broader responses on Saturday: over the expulsion of British diplomats, it withdrew the permission to open and operate the British Consulate General in St Petersburg and stopped the British Council’s activity in cultural and educational activities in more than a hundred countries in Russia.
After the announcement of the Russian government’s response measures on Saturday, the British Foreign Ministry announced shortly that the National Security Council next to the British government will meet next week and consider further steps.
The Foreign Ministry did not specify what additional British measures might be. Theresa May, however, in a parliamentary speech on the British government’s steps in the week, said that there could be some British responses that London does not disclose.
Speaking at the Conservative Party’s Saturday event, the British Prime Minister said that the announcement of Russian response does not change the fact that attempted assassination of two people on the British soil has been made and there is still no explanation for what is happening than the Russian state responsibility lies.
“Russia has openly violated international law and the convention on chemical weapons, we do not have a disagreement with the Russian people, many Russians have chosen our country as home, and we always welcome those who keep our laws, but we will never tolerate the Russian government British citizens and other people’s lives are threatened on British soil, “said the British prime minister with a big ovation on Saturday’s speech.
The brief information from Scotland Yard revealed that Sergei Szkripal, a Russian military intelligence colonel who worked for British intelligence (MI6) for years, became a British citizen after he settled in Britain in 2010 as a spin-off exchange.
In its Saturday communication, the British Council expressed deep regret over Moscow’s decision to stop the organization in Russia.
According to the Communication, the British Council is of the opinion that maintaining cultural and educational relations is vital for periods of continuous dialogue between people and institutions when political and diplomatic relations are difficult.