Moscow blames BREXIT for spy row in extraordinary conspiracy theory

Modesto Morganelli
Marzo 17, 2018

Moscow/London: Russia said on Thursday it would retaliate very soon for Britain's expulsion of 23 diplomats as Moscow and London traded public insults about a nerve toxin attack on a former Russian double agent in England.

Russian Federation is expected to expel British diplomats from Moscow in retaliation for British Prime Minister Theresa May's announcement that she was kicking 23 spies out of Britain over the Skripal poisoning row.

He added: "It's something that should never, ever happen".

"Our quarrel is with Putin's Kremlin and with his decision - and we think it overwhelmingly likely that it was his decision - to direct the use of a nerve agent on the streets of the United Kingdom, on the streets of Europe for the first time since the Second World War".

Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were found slumped unconscious on a bench outside a shopping centre in the genteel southern English city of Salisbury on March 4.

"Maybe he lacks education", Mr Lavrov said.

Britain on March 14 said it would expel 23 Russian diplomats and halt high-level contacts as part of a package of measures against Moscow in response to the incident.

"We call on Russian Federation to live up to its responsibilities as a member of the UN Security Council to uphold global peace and security".

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies on Wednesday put out a joint statement condemning the attack, and Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said it must have "consequences".

Lavrov said British accusations of Moscow's involvement are meant to distract public attention from the U.K's troubled exit from the European Union.

Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov earlier said Vladimir Putin would ultimately choose the option that "most suits Moscow's interests".

He also criticised Gavin Williamson after the Defence Secretary said on Thursday that Russian Federation should "go away and shut up".

The leaders did not say what, if any, actions they would take if Russian Federation does not comply.

He said: "The problem is that no one has seen any photos of Yulia Skripal and her father, no one knows in what condition they now are and no one knows about any progress in the investigation".

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