Russian Federation to expel United Kingdom diplomats as crisis over nerve toxin attack deepens

Russian Federation to expel United Kingdom diplomats as crisis over nerve toxin attack deepens

In a rare joint statement, the United States, France and Germany joined Britain on Thursday in blaming Russian Federation for poisoning a former spy and his daughter, calling the attack "the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe" since World War II.

The English-language Moscow Times newspaper marked the election with a series of stories on young people it dubbed "Generation P", highlighting some of the 1.3 million people born the year Putin first became president.

The US treasury department said the use of a military-grade nerve agent in the Salisbury incident "further demonstrates the reckless and irresponsible conduct of its (Russia's) government". Also this week, Washington hit Russian Federation with sanctions for trying to influence the 2016 USA election.

Mr Putin's main challenge in the vote was to obtain a huge margin of victory in order to claim an indisputable mandate.

In a response, Russian Federation has called the allegations "shocking and inexcusable" and a breach of diplomatic rules of decent behaviour.

"This use of a military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russian Federation, constitutes the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War".

Russia's Defence Ministry said he was an "intellectual impotent" and Lavrov said he probably lacked education. They remain in critical condition.

Days later, police announced the attack on Mr Skripal and his daughter was being treated as attempted murder as they had been "targeted specifically".

It said it would not respond to the UK's allegations until it was given samples of the poison used and such samples were handed to the global Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

The tensions come as presidential elections take place in Russian Federation.


Putin, ahead of an election this weekend he is nearly sure to win, announced an array of new nuclear weapons in one of his most bellicose speeches in years, saying they could hit nearly any point in the world and evade a USA -built missile shield.

Vladimir Putin on Sunday (Mar 18) stormed to victory in Russia's presidential election on Sunday, giving him another six years in power as Moscow's relations with the West plunge to new Cold War lows.

Litvinenko was poisoned in London in 2006 with the radioactive substance polonium-210, in the most notorious of a rash of suspicious deaths of high-profile Russian exiles in Britain.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday, March 17, that "23 diplomatic personnel from the British Embassy in Moscow have been declared persona non grata" and have one week to leave. But there has as yet been no other signal as to how Moscow will deal with the rest of the package announced by Prime Minster Theresa May on Wednesday.

Shulgin also said that there's now no dialogue between the Russian and the United Kingdom delegations on the Skripal issue at the OPCW headquarters in The Hague.

"The British keep hiding the medical assessment from us, we do not have access to the patients, we do not have a chance to talk to the doctors", RIA quoted the ambassador as saying.

Sanders' statement Wednesday evening went further: "The 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. Russia, on a "highly likely" basis, is both against global law and common sense".

Nikolai Glushkov, 69, was found dead at his house in southwest London at about 10:46 p.m. on Monday.

Mr Putin on Sunday evening addressed supporters in the Manezh Square outside the Kremlin, telling them was he part of "their team".

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