Britain's expulsion of Russian diplomats marks return to Cold War ejections

Prime Minister Theresa May announced Wednesday that her government will expel 23 Russian diplomats from Britain. It will be the biggest expulsion of Russian diplomats from the country since 1985 — marking a return to the large-scale diplomatic ejections that took place during the Cold War.

May's announcement came after the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal , 66, and his daughter, Yulia, 33, in the English town of Salisbury.

British authorities have concluded that the two appeared to have been targeted for assassination last week with the nerve agent Novichok , which traces back to the Russian state.

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