The war of words between the West and Russia escalated late this week after the Kremlin announced the expulsion of multiple British diplomats in response to Prime Minister Teresa May’s announcement that 23 Russian spies were being deported from London.
The Russo-British kerfuffle doubles down on the pressure announced by the Trump administration of new sanctions in retaliation for hacking and meddling in US elections.
And all of it comes amid a breaking report that Russian agents hacked into US aviation systems.
The long and short is Putin is on no one’s most favored world leader list these days, which has us moving ever so swiftly toward another Cold War.
Here’s more from Reuters…
Russia is set to expel British diplomats in retaliation for Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to kick out 23 Russians as relations with London crashed to a post-Cold War low over an attack involving a military-grade nerve agent on English soil.
After the first known offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since World War Two, Britain has pointed the finger at President Vladimir Putin and on Thursday May gave the 23 Russians who she said were spies working under diplomatic cover at the embassy in London a week to leave.
Moscow has denied any involvement in the attempted murder of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter. It has cast Britain as a post-colonial power unsettled by its impending exit from the European Union, and even suggested London fabricated the attack to whip up anti-Russian hysteria.