Russian Federation hits back by expelling 23 British diplomats


Ambassador Alexander Shulgin said Friday it "will certainly contribute with the independent expertise" in the British investigation into the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

"It is Russian Federation that is in flagrant breach of worldwide law and the Chemical Weapons Convention".

Moscow denies responsibility for the attack.

But Boris Johnson dismissed the "satirical" suggestion that British agents could have been to blame for the attempted murder of double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

UK's Prime Minister Theresa May said on Saturday that Russia's dismissal of the British representatives "doesn't change the facts of the matter" of the poisoning. The Skripals remain in critical condition.

Lord Macdonald said the case "highlights that American prosecutors tend to be more aggressive than British prosecutors in this area, and that is a shame".

Russia hits back with tit-for-tat expulsion after United Kingdom dismisses Russian diplomats over poisoning of Russian former spy. "We call on Russian Federation to live up to its responsibilities as a member of the UN Security Council to uphold worldwide peace and security".

"I will announce in the coming days the measures that we intend to take", Macron said.

She added: "I can only hope that Russian Federation contributes to the investigation".

Linkevicius said that "it's not a big secret that many oligarchs find refuge here in London" and invest in real estate.

The foreign ministry said Moscow's measures were a response to what it called Britain's "provocative actions and groundless accusations".

Johnson will attempt to lock in the support of foreign ministers of the 27 other European Union member states on the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal at the meeting in Brussels, as Britain pushes for more global support behind its tough stance against Moscow.

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The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons also says that it "expects some action will be taken soon" in response to its offer to help the British investigation.

Mr Chizhov, when asked how the nerve agent came to be used in Salisbury, said: "When you have a nerve agent or whatever, you check it against certain samples that you retain in your laboratories".

Russian Federation has denied any involvement.

The announcement was made by Russian Federation on the eve of a presidential election which is expected to hand Vladimir Putin a fourth term in the Kremlin.

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies that Johnson's statement was "shocking and inexcusable breach of diplomatic propriety".

"London is ready to provide Moscow with access to the Skripal and Glushkov cases", the British Foreign Secretary said.

The relationship between London and Moscow has crashed to a post-Cold War low over the attack involving a military-grade nerve agent on English soil.

A separate coalition of British MPs, including former Tory leader and Brexiteer Iain Duncan Smith, warned that Russian Federation was attempting to boost the country's "economic influence" over Europe with a new pipeline that would leave British allies open to "blackmail and interference". He added: "Britain's most effective steps now are to go after regime-linked hot money in London and to campaign for [the] Salisbury attack to be seen as threat to [the] global community". He said "our quarrel is with Putin's Kremlin, and with his decision, and we think it overwhelmingly likely that it was his decision to direct the use of a nerve agent on the streets of the United Kingdom, on the streets of Europe, for the first time since the Second World War".

Yakovenko said that Britain has violated worldwide law and diplomatic rules by failing to share the information about the probe, adding "it hasn't provided a single fact" to back the accusations.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May stated that it was "highly likely" that Russian Federation was responsible for the incident, since the two were poisoned with a Novichok-class chemical agent that was developed in the Soviet Union.

Britain and Russian Federation have each expelled 23 diplomats, broken off high-level contacts and taken other punitive steps in the escalating tit-for-tat dispute, which clouded the run-up to Sunday's presidential election in Russian Federation. "Due to the unregulated status of the British Council in Russian Federation, its activity is halted", it added.

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