Putin to choose measures against London corresponding to Russia's interests

Cornelia Mascio
Marzo 18, 2018

Moscow is still working on retaliatory measures against Britain for London's decision to expel 23 Russian diplomats, Russia's foreign ministry said on Thursday.

"Since the beginning of the week, the United Kingdom has kept France closely informed of the evidence gathered by British investigators and evidence of Russia's responsibility in the attack", Macron's office said in a statement issued after a phone call between Macron and Prime Minister Theresa May.

England are facing the risk of playing in this summer's World Cup without their media being present at the event after Russian Foreign Minister Maria Zakharova threatened to expel all United Kingdom media from the country.

Without an alternative explanation from Russian authorities about the nerve agent, Mr Allen said, Britain had "no choice but to conclude this was a state-sponsored act against the prohibition and use of chemical weapons and in defiance of worldwide law".

But "Russia's reaction could be also be more wide-reaching", it predicted, citing diplomatic sources. He also cast doubt on the possibility that the nerve agent was sent through the mail or was placed in luggage that Skripal's daughter brought with her from Russian Federation to Britain.

Britain is expelling 23 Russian diplomats and taking other steps against Russian interests as the two nations' relations plummet.

"The position of the British side seems absolutely irresponsible to us", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Some in Russian Federation have suggested that the nerve agent could have come from another former Soviet country.

"There is no alternative conclusion other than that the Russian state was culpable for the attempted murder of Mr Skripal and his daughter", May told parliament.

Russian Federation will kick British diplomats from the country in a show of provocation, one day after Theresa May announced the same decision, state-run news agency RIA said.

Neither members of the royal family nor ministers will attend the football World Cup in Russian Federation later this year.

Mr Allen asked the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to verify Britain's findings that Moscow was behind the poisonings, a charge that the Russians have denied.

At the United Nations headquarters in New York, US Ambassador Nikki Haley slammed Russian Federation for the alleged use of nerve gas. "Russia is a permanent member of the Security Council".

Prince William and Prince Harry have both been regulars at England's World Cup games but following the poisoning incident, they will not be travelling to Russian Federation for this year's World Cup.

May has spoken to US President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in recent days to rally worldwide support.

British experts said they were both poisoned with nerve agent which was developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

The case has drawn parallels with the 2006 death by radiation poisoning of former Russian agent and Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko, which Britain blamed on Moscow.

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