U.K. Expels Russian Diplomats, Freezes Assets Over Spy Poisoning

Theresa May on Wednesday expelled 23 Russian diplomats after Moscow failed to explain how a Russian-made nerve agent poisoned a former double agent and his daughter in the U.K.
The British prime minister set a midnight Tuesday deadline for the Kremlin to explain how a Russian government-manufactured nerve agent came to be used in the attack against former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, southern England.
May said the diplomats were identified as “undeclared intelligence officers” and would have a week to leave.
“They have provided no credible explanation that could suggest they lost control of their nerve agent,” May told MPs Wednesday. “No explanation as to how this agent came to be used in the United Kingdom; no explanation as to why Russia has an undeclared chemical weapons program in contravention of international law.”
She added the attack “represents an unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the United Kingdom.”