Russia Spy Poisoning: 23 British Diplomats Expelled From Moscow

Russia Spy Poisoning: 23 British Diplomats Expelled From Moscow

On Saturday, the Russian foreign ministry tweeted an RT interview with Alexander Shulgin, Russia's permanent representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), in which he suggested British authorities were "afraid".

The response follows the expulsion of 23 Russian ambassadors earlier this week after the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury.

It said this was a response to Britain's "provocative actions" and "baseless accusations over the Salisbury incident".

The statement said the government could take further measures if Britain takes any more "unfriendly" moves toward Russian Federation.

"In its blatant Russian-ness, the nerve agent sends a signal to all who may be thinking of dissent in the intensifying repression of Putin's Russia", he said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned British Ambassador Laurie Bristow in the morning on March 17 to inform him about Moscow's retaliatory moves. Britain had only expelled the Russian diplomats after Moscow had failed to explain how the nerve toxin had got to Britain, he said.

As he left the meeting in Moscow, he told reporters that the United Kingdom would "always do what is necessary to defend ourselves, our allies and our values against an attack of this sort".

Russia's response had been anticipated, a UK Foreign Office spokesperson said in a statement, adding that the UK National Security Council would meet early next week to discuss next steps. "We can be reassured by the strong support we have received from our friends and allies around the world", May said at the Conservative Party's spring forum in London. They are now in critical condition in a local hospital.

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On Thursday, the US joined the U.K., France and Germany in condemning the attack as "an assault on U.K. sovereignty", saying it constituted a breach of worldwide law and calling on Russian Federation to explain its role in the poisoning in Salisbury, England.

The move comes a day before Russia's presidential elections, which President Vladimir Putin is expected to win.

She also repeated accusations made by Britain to the United Nations that the nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury on March 4 was a "flagrant breach of global law and the Chemical Weapons Convention".

A Russian lawmaker is warning Britain against escalating the crisis over the poisoning of a former Russian spy.

This time around, the Russian leader is enjoying a surge in popularity, mainly thanks to Moscow's actions in Ukraine and Syria.

Some analysts say that after 18 years of leadership - both as president and prime minister - Putin fatigue may be spreading across the country, and many Russians are expected to skip the polls.

Russia's attacking the wrong target with its "misguided" decision to close the council, Clementine Cecil, executive director of the Pushkin House center in London, which promotes Russian culture, wrote on Facebook. British police said Friday that he died from compression to the neck and opened a murder investigation.

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