They have one week to pack their bags. Expulsion orders have been sent out for 23 Russian diplomats—or, to call a spade a spade, spies—the largest such decision since the ‘70s. Furthermore, no royal or government official from the UK will attend the soccer World Cup, which will take place in Russia during the summer. England’s national team will, however, be there—at least as things stand at the moment.
Theresa May also announced a strengthening of counter-intelligence defenses and the freezing of Russian funds that otherwise would be passing undisturbed through the UK’s banks and investment funds. Furthermore, the UK’s borders will be monitored more closely from now on, in order to keep out Russian spies or hitmen, or anyone suspected of being such.
All the previous bilateral agreements between the two countries are now up in the air. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s invitation to visit London has been cancelled, even though he is now at pains to insist that he had never actually accepted it.