Russian Federation hits back by throwing out 23 British diplomats

The poisoning of a Russian former double agent in the English city of Salisbury has raised tensions with Russia

Britain denies ambassador in Moscow was 'summoned to the Kremlin over spy poisoning' insisting he attended a 'pre

England are facing the risk of playing in this summer's World Cup without their media being present at the event after Russian Foreign Minister Maria Zakharova threatened to expel all United Kingdom media from the country.

"But more must be done", Royce said in a statement, promising that his committee would "keep pushing to counter Russian aggression".

Asked for comment on this latest development, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said: "We are going to continue to cooperate" with Mr Mueller's investigation.

"It is our view that when political or diplomatic relations become hard, cultural relations and educational opportunities are vital to maintain on-going dialogue between people and institutions".

Both Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Congress, which almost unanimously passed a new sanctions bill against Russian Federation last summer, had criticized Trump for not punishing Moscow.

It comes after NHS England said Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, the police officer exposed to the Novichok agent in Salisbury, is no longer in a critical condition. It has cast Britain as a post-colonial power unsettled by its impending exit from the European Union, and even suggested London fabricated the attack to whip up anti-Russian hysteria.

The Kremlin has indicated it would expel British diplomats in a riposte to London's move as well as adopt other measures that would "most suit Moscow's interests".

ReutersBritish ambassador Laurie Bristow leaves the Soviet-era Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow after being told of the sanctions.

He said Britain must defend itself.

Relations between Britain and Russian Federation have been strained since the murder of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko with radioactive polonium-210 in London in 2006, a killing which a British inquiry said was probably approved by Putin.

"We will, of course", he reportedly said.

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The worldwide community has rallied around Britain in recent days in pointing the finger at Russian Federation for the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

Addressing members of her Conservative Party on Saturday, May said the Russian move had been "anticipated" and that Britain would consider its next steps in the coming days, when the National Security Council is due to meet.

In a response, Russian Federation has called the allegations "shocking and inexcusable" and a breach of diplomatic rules of decent behaviour.

Opposition lawmaker Todd McClay said Peters was earning a reputation as a Russian Federation apologist and that New Zealand needed to stand by the UK.

On Thursday, Ryabkov claimed that Russian Federation had never developed anything like the alleged nerve agent, identified by the British as Novichok.

Britain's foreign secretary accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of personally ordering the poisoning of the Skripals, who were found slumped on a public bench in the southern English city of Salisbury.

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov says Johnson's claims violated all rules of diplomatic protocol. Russian Federation has said it will reply in kind. "Any reference or mentioning of our President is nothing else but shocking and unpardonable diplomatic misconduct".

Counter-terrorism police have renewed their appeal for witnesses who may have seen Mr Skripal's burgundy BMW vehicle in Salisbury on 4 March.

Police insisted there is no evidence linking Glushkov's death - following a "compression to the neck" - to the poisoning of Skripal. There's no evidence at this stage that his death and the attack on the Skripals are linked, it said.

Zakharova was reacting to a warning from communications regulator Ofcom that it could strip broadcaster Russia Today of its United Kingdom operating license, if the United Kingdom government find Moscow was behind the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal.

He declined to comment on calls in the West to possibly invoke NATO's principle of common defence, saying Moscow hopes that other countries would see there was no evidence to blame Russian Federation for the poisoning attack.

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