According to the NYT, Britain will expel four Russian diplomats because of Russia’s refusal to extradite the key suspect in the murder case of Alexander Litvinenko.
It was the first time since 1996 that Britain had used the sanction, which Russia vowed ”will not go unanswered.”
It seems that relations between Russia and the west have strained recently, over this, over the US missile defense shield, and continued human rights abuses. I would like to see a more pro-western person elected to replace Putin, but from what I understand of the Russian electorate, that is not likely to happen. It seems to me though that Russians would be better off if they learned to play nice with both their immediate neighbors and with the west as a whole.