UNITED KINGDOM (OBSERVATORY) – British Prime Minister Teresa May, in an interview with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, called the expulsion of 13 Russian diplomats by Ukraine a manifestation of Ukraine’s commitment to collective security.
Relations between the Russian Federation and Great Britain sharply deteriorated against the backdrop of the incident in the British Salisbury, where ex-colonel of the GRU reserve, Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yuliya, who worked for the British special services were poisoned. The British side claims that the Russian state is involved in the poisoning of the Violins by the nerve agent A234. Russia categorically denies this.
May and Poroshenko discussed the incident in Salisbury. Britain sent 23 Russian diplomats, Russia responded the same, after which a number of other countries announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats.
“The Prime Minister thanked President Poroshenko for the support and deportation of 13 Russian diplomats that Ukraine showed, not only as a powerful manifestation of solidarity with Britain, but also as a manifestation of our collective security commitment.
” The Prime Minister noted that the breadth and scale of the international response to the incident in Salisbury gave Russia a clear signal that its hostile actions will not be tolerated, “said the representative of the British prime minister’s office.
May and Poroshenko agreed that the Salisbury incident is only one of the manifestations of Russia’s behavior “demonstrating indifference to the international legal system.”
“The Prime Minister noted that Ukraine’s support should be a key element in the reaction of the West,” the statement said.