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Putin Prepares to Hit Back at U.K. for Spy-Poisoning Expulsions

  • Kremlin says Putin to decide on retaliatory measures soon
  • May expelled 23 diplomats and announced state-asset freeze
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Russia Calls Charges by May in Spy Poisoning 'Unjustified'
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Russian President Vladimir Putin is preparing to retaliate against the U.K. after Prime Minister Theresa May threw out 23 diplomats over the poisoning of a former spy and his daughter on British soil.

Russia will “certainly” expel British diplomats soon in response, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in Moscow, the state-run RIA Novosti news service reported. Foreign Ministry and other government officials are preparing measures against the U.K.’s “absolutely irresponsible” behavior and Putin will decide how best to act, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call Thursday.