Russian Federation will expel British diplomats in tit-for-tat move: Lavrov

“We condemn in the strongest terms the despicable use of a chemical agent on the sovereign territory of the United Kingdom

Britain's Allies 'Abhor' Nerve-Agent Attack On Russian Ex-Spy

Yulia Skripal flew to London from Russian Federation on March 3, according to counter-terrorism police.

Sky News reported that May would expel a significant number of Russian diplomats.

The diplomatic tension increased further on Friday afternoon when London's Metropolitan Police said it is treating as murder the death of Nikolai Glushkov, a close associate of Putin opponent Boris Berezovsky - a one-time billionaire who was himself found hanging dead in 2013 in his house outside London.

The statement says: "It is an assault on United Kingdom sovereignty and any such use by a State party is a clear violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and a breach of worldwide law".

Britain's foreign minister increased pressure on Russian Federation over the poisoning case of one of Moscow's ex-spies by claiming it was "overwhelmingly likely" President Vladimir Putin directly ordered the attack. The Kremlin said the British position was irresponsible and not backed up by evidence.

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

"We will always do what is necessary to defend ourselves, our allies and our values against an attack of this sort, which is an attack not only on the United Kingdom, but upon the worldwide rules-based system on which all countries, including Russian Federation, depend for their safety and security", Bristow told reporters.

Nintendo Nindies Showcase Spring 2018 Next Week
The Nindies Showcase can be streamed from Nintendo's official live video website or from their YouTube page. Next week, we'll get a look at these titles through a Nintendo Switch Nindies Spring Showcase.

Ofcom said it had written to ANO TV Novosti, which holds RT's British broadcast licenses, saying that if Moscow is found to be behind the attack, "we would consider this relevant to our ongoing duty to be satisfied that RT is fit and proper". "We call on Russian Federation to live up to its responsibilities as a member of the UN Security Council to uphold global peace and security", the statement concludes. Russian Federation is also a member of the council. The Russian government is expected to retaliate against the expulsion of the diplomats imminently.

His opposite number in Moscow, Lavrov, suggested that one possible motive for the poisoning was to complicate Russia's hosting of this summer's soccer World Cup. Retaliation would be "well thought out" and could come at any time, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists when asked if Moscow would respond to the measures before a presidential election on Sunday.

In a statement, the four leaders said they shared the view of British investigators that "there is no plausible alternative explanation" for the attack.

The White House said Trump and May "agreed on the need for consequences for those who use these heinous weapons in flagrant violation of worldwide norms".

The attack on Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy who had defected to the United Kingdom, and his daughter Yulia in the cathedral city of Salisbury on March 4 was an outrageous act flouting all global norms. They remain in a critical condition. May said the agent used has been identified by British scientists as Novichok, which was developed in the Soviet Union.

Skripal, a former colonel in Russia's GRU military intelligence, betrayed dozens of Russian agents to British intelligence before his arrest in Moscow in 2004.

Tatyana Stanovaya, a Paris-based analyst with Moscow's Center of Political Technologies, said that even if Moscow was not involved the scandal played into its hands.

Latest News