Russian Federation retaliates against Britain by expelling diplomats over ex-spy's poisoning

Some 180 troops including chemical warfare experts are in Salisbury to investigate the attempted murder of Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday announced a series of measures against Russian Federation over its failure to respond to demands by the British government to explain how a military-grade nerve agent was used in the spy attack.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had not accepted an invite to visit Britain, a ministry spokeswoman said on Wednesday, after British Prime Minister Theresa May that the invite was withdrawn.

Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said earlier on Wednesday that Russia completed the destruction of its chemical weapons stockpiles previous year under the convention.

Since then, British officials have determined it is "highly likely" Moscow was behind what they describe as a chemical attack, in part because they have determined the nerve agent that was used is from the Novichok group of chemical weapons developed by Russian Federation during the Cold War.

Prime Minister Theresa May has said Russian Federation is guilty of attempted murder on British soil.

Tensions between the West and Russian Federation have heightened as Moscow continued to plan its response to Theresa May's expulsion of diplomats.

He added: "Russia is a great country".

Russian Federation has called the charges "groundless accusations" and says British authorities have refused to provide samples of the nerve agent used.

Some Russia experts said the measures announced by May were unlikely to make Russian President Vladimir Putin's government change its behavior.

An 83-year-old Russian whistleblower who helped develop Novichok said in an interview published Friday that a few countries in the world have laboratories powerful enough to develop the nerve agent thanks to a formula he published in 2008.

Britain blames Russian Federation for the nerve-agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter, who were found unconscious in the British city of Salisbury on March 4 and remain in critical condition.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the incident was "of great concern" amid reports that Britain was consulting NATO allies about possibly invoking its Article 5 principle of common defence.

Skripal was granted refuge in the United Kingdom following a 2010 spy exchange between the US and Russian Federation.

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday that Britain has offered "baseless accusations which are not backed up by any evidence".

Russian Federation has insisted it is ready to cooperate in investigating the attack in Salisbury if Britain reciprocates by sharing the evidence it holds. He suggested the Trump administration had timed the sanctions to come ahead of this weekend's presidential election in Russian Federation, in which President Vladimir Putin is expected to win an overwhelming victory.

Nauert - who was elevated to acting undersecretary after the firing of Steve Goldstein, himself collateral damage of the Tillerson dismissal - went on to say, "This latest action by Russian Federation fits into a pattern of behavior in which Russian Federation disregards the global rules-based order, undermines the sovereignty and security of countries worldwide, and attempts to subvert and discredit Western democratic institutions and processes".

The veteran diplomat, 67, fell as he came on stage at the Russian Federation the Land of Opportunities forum amid escalating tensions over the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skirpal in Salisbury.

- In January, 2006 Moscow said it had uncovered four British spies who enjoyed diplomatic status and engaged in the alleged illegal funding of pro-democracy and human rights groups.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's office said that Australian leader Malcolm Turnbull joined her in condemnation of the attack.

Related:

  • Goldman Pays Female Staff 56% Less Than Male Colleagues in UK

    Goldman Pays Female Staff 56% Less Than Male Colleagues in UK

    Women make up more than half of HSBC's United Kingdom workforce (54%) yet less than a quarter of its senior roles (23%). The London-listed bank employs more than 350 people in the Republic, including a number of global function heads.
    Mexico finds Trump's border wall tour offensive

    Mexico finds Trump's border wall tour offensive

    They attract people who dream big". "Because I've got news for you, this is what America looks like and the future is bright". Calling the wall "a symbol of hate", Vargas said its budget would come from Social Security, food stamp and Medicare budgets.
    Global Resource Coin

    Global Resource Coin

    In addition, from the year 2018 GRC’s cryptocurrency rate is expected to grow due to its social usefulness and relevance. In order to do this, you need to have a considerable amount of money, a special financial education and a special license.
  • Bachelor party in Kiev — unforgettable impressions are guaranteed

    Bachelor party in Kiev — unforgettable impressions are guaranteed

    Spectacular dancers will complement the spectacular dance of any composition, leaving an unforgettable impression in your memory. A special chic to the club is given by colorful and incendiary performances, over which a professional choreographer works.
    True Love Exists!

    True Love Exists!

    Moreover, for the first time, Ivy and David even did not see each other, due to the fact that their communication was online. It should be noticed that these two people began relations just as friends, as they lived in different countries.
    The Most Powerful DDoS Attack on the Internet Has Affected Russian Web Resources

    The Most Powerful DDoS Attack on the Internet Has Affected Russian Web Resources

    Unknown attackers are trying to paralyze the operation of protection services with the most powerful DDoS attacks ever. DDoS-GUARD protects against packet attacks reaching and exceeding 360 Mpps.
  • American Midstream Partners (AMID) Lowered to "D+" at TheStreet

    Center Coast Capital Advisors Lp decreased Dominion Energy Midstream Pa (DM) stake by 10.29% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. River Road Asset Management Llc bought 87,621 shares as the company's stock declined 7.68% while stock markets rallied.
    What Got Mark Hamill to Return to the Star Wars Galaxy?

    What Got Mark Hamill to Return to the Star Wars Galaxy?

    While Luke will probably have a key role to play in the new movies, it’s certain the new actors will dominate the storyline. He felt he needed to know what all those years have done to Luke even if the material doesn’t get told in the actual movie.
    Gifts for casinos fans

    Gifts for casinos fans

    When it comes to novice players, they will be fully satisfied with a small table for the poker with the value of about $ 250. Oh, and if you don’t want to pay for the table a lot of money, and know how to use tools, you can make it by yourself.
  • Manchester United, Chelsea and Spurs seek English FA Cup salvation

    Manchester United, Chelsea and Spurs seek English FA Cup salvation

    It was disappointing to bow out of the Champions League but we really took the game to Barcelona. You need some luck with the draw and the form of the players you're going to face.
    Sweden, North Korea talks extended to Saturday

    Sweden, North Korea talks extended to Saturday

    North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho had originally been scheduled to hold two days of talks with Wallstrom in Stockholm. Sweden was one of the first non-communist countries to establish diplomatic relations with North Korea in 1973.
    Wise casino advices

    Wise casino advices

    Tips casino players online You need to understand the difference between traditional casinos and online casinos. Still, the main goal, anyway, is to get a prize and the opportunity to become rich without putting an effort.

Comments

Other news