The UK will expel 23 Russian diplomats after Moscow refused to explain how a Russian-made nerve agent was used on a former spy in Salisbury, the PM says.
Theresa May said the diplomats, who have a week to leave, were identified as "undeclared intelligence officers".
She also revoked an invitation to Russia's foreign minister, and said the Royal Family would not attend the Fifa World Cup later this year. BBC
Well, it's a start.....
When someone uses wmds on your soil, it is not the time to go out of your way to be restrained. Stop issuing visas to Russian citizens, give all Russian passport holders 30 days to leave the UK, cancel all flights between UK and RU, prohibit Russian trawlers from docking at UK ports, put a 500% tariff on Russian alcoholic beverages or maybe prohibit Russian citizens/businesses/trusts from holding equities in British firms and owning British real estate (that would be fun
) . Could they really not think of anything more substantial?
Would be nice if the EU and UK united together, declared that their athletes would not be attending the world cup and organised a one-off replacement tournament instead. Alternatively if they worked together to get Russia disconnected from SWIFT that might be useful.
You know, I agree with most of your points actually.
Banning Russians from entering the UK and buying properties there would make these oligarghs invest money in Russia, so I am all for it, 100%.
Disconnecting Russia from SWIFT would be shooting yourselves in the foot as you guys need Russian exports more than we need you, so it would look kinda funny with EU sending trucks of gold to Russia to pay for anything they buy.
Remember what happened when Visa stopped workibg for a few days in Russia in 2014? We developed our own transaction system (Mir) and forced Visa to put a couple billion $ on the Russian Central bank's account as collateral. Which they did. So there again you screwed yourselves.
As far as the WC goes, maybe if your guys boycott, Russia's sorry excuse for football will have a chance to make it out of the qualifiers. In 2018 and 2022 since you will be banned from the next tournament aswell for the boycott
So go ahead. Nice that you want to help Russia so much.
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