Controversial 'Novichokolate From Putin' Graffiti Seen Near Russian UK Embassy

Controversial 'Novichokolate From Putin' Graffiti Seen Near Russian UK Embassy

Russia has denied any involvement, cast Britain as a post-colonial power unsettled by Brexit, and even suggested London fabricated the attack in an attempt to whip up anti-Russian hysteria.

Also on Thursday, the United Kingdom released a joint statement along with the U.S., France and Germany, calling on Russian Federation to answer for the use of a poison developed in its Novichok chemical weapons program.

It was, he said, as though May had issued an ultimatum, obey or "we won't give you your tea". It threatens the security of us all.

The expulsion of the 23 diplomats, 40 percent of Russia's embassy staff, according to the BBC, is the largest since 1971, when 100 Soviet diplomats and spies were ordered out.

Mr Yakovenko said that Britain had put its weight behind an "anti-Russian campaign" as it tried to establish a new place for itself within Western society after European Union withdrawal.

The chemical weapons attack has caused relations between the USA and Russian Federation to plummet. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said neither Russian Federation nor the Soviet Union had run a programme to develop Novichok.

Russian Federation to expel United Kingdom diplomats in response
Johnson said the attack was a way for Putin to send a message to anyone considering taking a stand against it that "You do that, you are going to die".

Russian Federation will expel British diplomats in a worsening global standoff over a nerve agent attack on an ex-spy - but still isn't saying when or how many. Navalny himself is barred from the election, which President Vladimir Putin is expected to win overwhelmingly. In Washington, Trump said: "It looks like the Russians were behind it".

Theresa May, the British prime minister, expelled 23 Russian diplomats after she accused Russia of being behind the incident. "In fact, the more he reconfirms or seeks to confirm, Russia's place as a great place internationally, the more that resonates with Russians both old and young and they need a strong man to come and reclaim that position".

Skripal, who was turned by Britain's MI6 agency while serving in Spain, was arrested in Moscow in 2004 and convicted in 2006 of treason. He was freed as part of a spy swap deal in 2010 and took refuge in Britain.

Police officers stand outside Zizzi restaurant as it remains closed as investigations continue into the poisoning of Sergei Skripal on March 11, 2018 in Salisbury, England. "Russia's claim that Ukrainians made a free choice in that sham "referendum" has always lacked credibility", she said in a statement.

"We have never encountered this level of discussion on the global stage", Peskov told reporters. "Amazing, frankly", Scaparrotti added.

The updates of their medical conditions come as the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said it was "overwhelmingly likely" that Vladamir Putin directed the use of the nerve agent on Britain's streets.

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