Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Theresa May warns of new Russian Federation sanctions as 23 United Kingdom diplomats expelled

Theresa May warns of new Russian Federation sanctions as 23 United Kingdom diplomats expelled

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said that it was "highly likely" that Russian Federation was responsible for the incident, since the two were poisoned with a Novichok-class chemical agent that was developed in the Soviet Union.

The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the British ambassador, Laurie Bristow, to a meeting on Saturday morning in central Moscow at its headquarters during which he was informed of the retaliatory measures.

Relations between London and Moscow have crashed to a post-Cold War low over the Salisbury attack, the first known offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since World War Two.

Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia are still in a critical condition, two weeks after the attack.

Johnson accused the Russians of "smug sarcasm and denial" in response to the accusations, and said the worldwide community was behind Britain. Russian Federation has vehemently denied its involvement in the incident and said retaliatory measures would follow soon.

The U.K., the U.S., Germany and France accused Russia this week of orchestrating the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter with a toxic nerve agent on British soil, leaving them critically ill.

British Prime Minister Theresa May this week expelled 23 Russian diplomats and severed high-level contacts over the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson upped the stakes Friday when he said it was "overwhelmingly likely" that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally gave the order to use the nerve agent against the Skripals.

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.

Russian Federation retaliates! Expels 23 British diplomats, shuts Council & Consulate
Russia hits back with tit-for-tat expulsion after United Kingdom dismisses Russian diplomats over poisoning of Russian former spy. British Prime Minister Theresa May said Britain would consider its next steps alongside its allies in the coming days.

But Government insiders indicated that the Government has held back some measures, in order to take further action if Russian Federation responded in kind as its government had promised.

"This crisis has arisen as a result of an appalling attack" in the United Kingdom involving "a chemical weapon developed in Russian Federation and not declared by Russian Federation at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, as Russian Federation was and is obliged to do", Bristow told reporters in televised comments as he left the ministry.

"We will always do what is necessary to defend ourselves", the ambassador told reporters.

"The attempted assassination of two people on British soil, for which there is no alternative conclusion other than that the Russian state was culpable". "Any reference or mentioning of our President is nothing else but shocking and unpardonable diplomatic misconduct".

Britain has escalated a war of words with Russian Federation over the incident in recent days.

Police officers enter the forensic tent erected outside the home of Nikolai Glushkov in New Malden, on the outskirts of London, March 16, 2018. In 2008, Russian Federation ordered the council to close all its offices except the Moscow headquarters as part of retaliation for the UK's expulsion of diplomats over the radioactive poisoning of former security-service officer Alexander Litvinenko in 2006.

"However the onus remains on the Russian state to account for their actions and to comply with their worldwide obligations".

Three intelligence officials said that the Russian military origin and the nature of the "dusty" substance are clear to them, according to the station.

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