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UK expels 23 Russian diplomats over spy poisoning

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British on Wednesday expelled 23 Russian diplomats over

quoted May as saying, "23 Russian diplomats will be expelled. They have been identified as undeclared intelligence officers. It will be the largest expulsion for 30 years."

The British further said that the diplomats will be given a week to leave the country.

Britain will also cancel high-level contacts with Russia, said May.

May said that they have withdrawn the invitation send to Russian to visit the country. It is pushing for a debate at the UN, she said.

Earlier on Tuesday, backed the British Government's theory which holds responsible for the poison attack that left a former Russian double agent and his daughter on a park bench last week.

"It sounds to me like it would be Russia, based on all the evidence they have. It sounds to me like they believe it was and I would certainly take that finding as fact," reported Trump as telling reporters outside the

Trump further underscored, "As soon as we get the facts straight, if we agree with them, we will condemn or whoever it may be."

British on Monday stated that it was "highly likely" Russia was to blame for the attack.

In a strongly worded statement to the House of Commons, May said the "military grade" nerve agent used in the attack had been identified as Novichok, a substance developed in the in the 1970s.

In a move that is likely to plunge the UK-Russia ties to a new low, the British Prime Minister has demanded a response from the by the end of Tuesday, making it clear, "Should there be no credible response, we will conclude that this action amounts to an unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the "

Dismissing May's comments Maria Zakharova, told CNN, "This is a circus show in the The conclusion is obvious."

Retired Skripal, 66, and his daughter, Yulia, 33, were found slumped on a bench in Salisbury city centre on March 4.

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 20:35 IST