Today Australia is expelling two Russian diplomats. We're acting together with 23 other nations around the world in response to the shocking chemical warfare attack in Salisbury in the United Kingdom on the 4th of March. This was the first act of chemical warfare in Europe since the Second World War.
It was a calculated attempt to carry out an assassination. It was a disgraceful assault on the sovereignty of the United Kingdom and on the rule of law. And we utterly condemn it.