A special charter flight touched down at RAF Brize Norton, bringing home the British diplomats and their families expelled from Moscow in the continuing diplomatic crisis over the Salisbury attack.
Their forced homecoming was taking place as Theresa May clinched the backing she wanted from Europe's leaders, to step up the pressure on Russia.
Their response, after a two-day summit in Brussels, was much stronger than the earlier caution they had displayed.
The EU has not only recalled its ambassador in Moscow, but backed Mrs May's assertion that Russia is to blame for the attack -- and pledging what it calls an "unprecedented" diplomatic response.
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