Friday, 16 November, 2018

Russian Federation announces retaliatory measures against Britain over spy attack row

Former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal 66 and his daughter Yulia 33 were found unconscious on a bench outside a shopping centre in Salisbury on March 4 Moscow to Expel 23 UK Diplomats, Revokes Agreement on Opening Consulate Gen.
Ellis Copeland | 17 March, 2018, 13:32

Russia is expected to expel British diplomats in retaliation for Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to kick out 23 Russians, as relations between the two countries crash to a post-Cold War low over an attack involving a military-grade nerve agent on English soil.

Russia's foreign ministry said in a statement it had summoned United Kingdom ambassador Laurie Bristow to inform him that the 23 diplomats were now "persona non grata" and had a week to leave.

In retaliation for British Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to kick out 23 Russians, Moscow has also chose to close the British Council in Russia and to withdraw permission for Britain to open a general consulate in St Petersburg, the ministry said in a statement.

Russian officials said Moscow would retaliate, but no measures have been announced so far.

The Kremlin said that the move was in response to Britain's "provocative actions" referring to the accusation from Britain for the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal with a nerve agent that was developed in the Soviet Union, which Britain has blamed Russian Federation.

And it said it had halted the activities of the British Council, Britain's worldwide organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, across the country.

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UK-Russia relations have been fractious ever since the assassination of another former Russian spy, Alexander Litvinenko, in 2006. Britain says it has invited Russian Federation to cooperate in the investigation and that this invitation hasn't been taken up.


Permission for the U.K.to open a general consulate in St. Petersburg, Russia, would be revoked and the British Council, a cultural and educational organization, would have to cease activities, the ministry said.

Earlier this week, she told Britain's parliament that either the Russian state was directly responsible for the poisoning or it had allowed a nerve agent to get into hands of others. The U.K. has accused Russian Federation of bearing responsibility for the attack, which British officials say involved a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed secretly by Russian Federation.

On Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said statements by British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson tying Putin to the attack were "shocking and unforgivable".

Britain's foreign minister on Friday claimed it was "overwhelmingly likely" President Vladimir Putin directly ordered the attack on Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter, Yulia, 33, in Salisbury, England, on March 4.

They also launched a murder investigation into the death of Nikolai Glushkov, a Russian businessman who was found dead in his London home on Tuesday.

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