UK, US, France and Germany blame Russian Federation for nerve agent attack


The United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting on Wednesday on the suspected poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain.

Russia, which denies any involvement in the attack, has called the measures announced by May "unacceptable, unjustified and short-sighted" and warned Britain to expect retaliation.

In London, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson ratcheted up the rhetoric against Russian Federation, accusing it of glorying in the attack on Skripal, which he described as a way of scaring anyone who stood up to President Vladimir Putin.

Russian Federation today retaliated, announcing it will remove British diplomats from its ranks and the British position was irresponsible.

"I can tell you right now that not a single British media outlet will be working in our country if they shut RT down", Zakharova told Russian state television Rossiya 1.

"And organising a provocation around Sergei Skripal deflects attention", Mr Lavrov said.

The BBC reported that former spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter, Yulia Skripal, 33, remain critically ill in hospital after being found slumped on a bench in Salisbury, in Wiltshire, on 4 March.

Russian Federation says it knows nothing about the poisoning and has repeatedly asked Britain to supply a sample of the nerve agent that was used against Skripal.

She also condemned what she said was Russia's contemptuous response to allegations that Moscow deployed a chemical weapon in Europe.

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"Our view is either that means it was a direct act by the Russian state, or the Russian Government has lost control of its stock of Novichok, this military-grade nerve agent", she said.

The UK will also create a new chemical weapons "defence centre", Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has said.

But after Tuesday's deadline passed, the United Kingdom announced the expulsions.

He said the attack was Russia's "way of saying to people this is what happens to people who stand up to our regime".

The aim of the nerve agents appears to have been to circumvent global conventions banning chemical weapons by developing compounds with new structures that would escape detection, experts say.

London has demanded Moscow explain why the nerve agent that traces back to Russian Federation should end up in Britain.

She also said that the United Kingdom had been "pushing" Russian diplomats out of the country via visa mechanisms for several years.

Washington supports London's decision to expel the Russian diplomats as a "just" response, the White House statement said.

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