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Russia Vows Retaliation Against UK Over Diplomat Expulsions

24 March, 2018, 02:16 | Author: Sara Gill
  • May Russia likely behind nerve agent attack

Writing in the Guardian he warned against a "new Cold War" of "escalating arms spending, proxy conflicts across the globe and a McCarthyite intolerance of dissent".

The difficulty in developing and delivering Novichok strongly indicates that orders for the murder came from the Russian government.

The 67-year-old had been one of Russia's most powerful figures in the years after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The Skripals and a police officer who attended the scene remain in hospital in a critical condition.

Russia has opened its own criminal investigation into the attempted murder of Yulia, a Russian citizen, and also Nikolai Glushkov, a Russian exile Scotland Yard said died from "compression to the neck" at his home in New Malden, south-west London.

May will gather her National Security Council on Wednesday morning "to discuss the response from Russia", and will then give a statement to MPs, her spokesman said.

The UK diplomats have a week to leave, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, adding that its actions came "in response to the provocative actions of the British side and groundless accusations" against Russia over the Salisbury attack.

"The key organisation is Nato and Britain is trying to find a place and they found it in the so-called anti-Russian campaign".

A prominent Russian targeted by new USA sanctions has mocked the penalties, and says he'll respond by boycotting McDonald's.

Russia's ambassador to Britain Alexander Yakovenko claimed the United Kingdom had angled allegations against Russian Federation to "divert attention from Brexit".

"If the latter, a connection to Russian mafia-like groups that have been allowed to gain a toehold in Britain can not be excluded", he said. Russian Federation has asked to be allowed to examine the evidence and claims that so far it has not been allowed to do so.

Britain's foreign secretary accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of personally ordering a nerve agent attack in Britain, ratcheting up tensions Friday in an increasingly global showdown over alleged Russian meddling overseas.

Ryabkov suggests the Trump administration timed the sanctions to come ahead of this weekend's presidential election in Russian Federation.

"There does not seem to be any real appetite so far to investigate the ill-gotten gains of the Russian elite that have been laundered through London", said John Lough, an associate fellow in the Eurasia program at the Chatham House think-tank. Speaking during a visit to a west London military museum with the Polish foreign minister, Mr Johnson said the UK's "quarrel is with Putin's Kremlin".

Australia on Friday joined the condemnation of the nerve agent attack, as British Prime Minister Theresa May seeks a global coalition of countries to punish Moscow.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov reiterated Moscow's line that there was no "clear evidence" for any Russian involvement in the attack, RIA reported.

The Treasury Department said it would keep pressure on Russian Federation for its ongoing efforts to destabilize Ukraine and occupy the Crimea region, as well as corruption and human rights abuses. "I'm absolutely certain that Russian Federation has underestimated the resolve and unity of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies when we have implemented different kinds of sanctions over the last years", Mr Stoltenberg added.

For U.S. allies and some congressional lawmakers, it was another befuddling example of the president appearing to soft-pedal in the face of Moscow's provocations.

"Therefore, it's not possible to say we know exactly who did this", Kavanagh went on to say. Ella Pamfilova was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying, "It is in our interest that everything works".

Britain has sought support from allies in the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, including the United States.

However, Moscow denies it had anything to do with the attack.

The Homeland Security Department says a Russian government hacking operation has affected the USA nuclear, aviation, water, construction and manufacturing sectors.

Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow and Raf Casert in Brussels contributed to this story.

A view shows a tower of the Kremlin (second right) and the Foreign Ministry headquarters (right) in Moscow, Russia March 16, 2018.

While Britain has accused the Russian state of ordering the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson took it a step further Friday and said it's "overwhelmingly likely" that Putin himself ordered the attack.