United Kingdom to consider next step after Russian Federation announces expulsion of British diplomats

United Kingdom to consider next step after Russian Federation announces expulsion of British diplomats

Moscow announced the measures on the eve of a presidential election which incumbent Vladimir Putin should comfortably win.

The announcement followed Britain's order this week for 23 Russian diplomats to leave the United Kingdom because Russia was not cooperating in the case of the Skripals, who were found March 4 poisoned by a nerve agent that British officials say was developed in Russia.

"Since the legal status of the British Council in Russian Federation has not been determined its operation is ceased", the statement read. Both remain in critical condition.

Britain blames Russian Federation for the attack, which has left the Skripals in critical condition and a police officer seriously ill in a Salisbury hospital.

The statement said the government could take further measures if Britain takes any more "unfriendly" moves toward Russian Federation.

Russian Federation also said it was halting the activities of the British Council, Britain's worldwide organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, across the country.

Echoing Mr Johnson's remarks, Mr Czaputowicz said: "We are sure that it is the Russian state which is involved in this attempt".

Maria Zakharova said a large number of ex-Soviet scientists had gone to live in the West "taking with them the technologies that they were working on".

"These will then be despatched to highly-reputable worldwide laboratories selected by the OPCW for testing with results expected to take a minimum of two weeks", said a statement by Britain's Foreign Office.

Western leaders have strongly backed Britain's response. When Moscow finally made its announcement Saturday, it went slightly beyond strictly reciprocal measures.

"Russia has stopped production of any chemical agents back in 1992", he told Marr, the day after Moscow expelled 23 British diplomats in a tit-for-tat measure.

Russian Federation could announce measures against Britain 'any minute'
President Donald Trump's spokeswoman accused Russian Federation of undermining the security of countries worldwide. She had given Russian Federation a deadline of last Tuesday evening to explain the use of the nerve agent.

Escalating a crisis in relations, Russian Federation confirmed it would shut down the activities of the British Council, which fosters cultural links between the two countries.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday dismissed British accusations of Russia's involvement in an ex-spy's poisoning as "nonsense", but added that Moscow is ready to cooperate with London in the investigation.

Stephen Kinnock, a British lawmaker who was the director of the British Council in St. Petersburg before it closed, told the BBC that the latest move shows "how mean-spirited and vindictive the Putin regime really is".

Lavrov repeated Moscow's position on the case, saying British allegations against Russian Federation were "absolutely boorish".

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

Meanwhile, Russia's Investigative Committee said it had launched its own criminal proceedings in connection with the "attempted murder of a Russian citizen, Yulia Skripal" in Salisbury.

The Foreign Secretary said the Kremlin's tit-for-tat expulsion of 23 British diplomats from Russian Federation would only impact Vladimir Putin's compatriots.

'That fact demonstrates the most telling difference between Britain and Putin: we have friends across the world and he does not'.

The poisoning in the English city of Salisbury on March 4 has led to a diplomatic crisis, with Britain expelling 23 Kremlin diplomats. Tests to independently verify the British findings are expected to take at least two weeks, Britain's Foreign Office said.

Others warned against a drawn-out standoff.

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