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Thank you, Mr Speaker. At this council I shared the basis for our assessment - that Russia was responsible for the reckless and brazen attempted murder of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, and the exposure of many others to potential harm. All EU leaders agreed, and as a result, the council conclusions were changed to state that the council quote, "agrees with the United Kingdom government's assessment - that it is highly likely that the Russian Federation is responsible, and that there is no alternative plausible explanation."
So the council agreed immediate actions, including withdrawing the EU's ambassador from Moscow. And today, 18 countries have announced their intention to expel more than 100 Russian intelligence officers from their countries. This includes 15 EU member states as well as the United States, Canada, and the Ukraine. And this is the largest collective expulsion of Russian intelligence officers in history.