Putin on track for commanding win as Russian Federation votes

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 19, 2018

Speaking at the Conservative Spring Forum, Mrs May said the Government had "anticipated" a similar response to her action earlier this week to expel 23 Russian diplomats from London. The closure of the consulate in St. Petersburg was not given a firm deadline, with the Foreign Ministry saying only that consulate employees will be given sufficient time to finish their work.

President Vladimir Putin is widely expected to win a fourth term.

Former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia are in a critical condition after being exposed to a nerve agent in the English city of Salisbury on March 4, leading Britain to expel 23 Kremlin diplomats.

The identification of Novichok as the weapon has become the central pillar of Britain's case for Russia's culpability in the poisoning.

He is standing against seven other candidates, including millionaire communist Pavel Grudinin and former reality TV host Ksenia Sobchak, but none are polling more than eight per cent.

Mr Johnson announced the move on Sunday, marking the latest step by the United Kingdom to build an worldwide coalition against Russian Federation following the poisoning of the Skripals two weeks ago in Salisbury.

Polls in the country's far east have already closed in an election involving 107.3 million voters eligible to cast ballots across the 11 time zones of the world's biggest country. "We can be reassured by the strong support we have received from our friends and allies around the world", May said at the Conservative Party's spring forum in London.

An alleged assassination bid on British soil is a major problem for Prime Minister Theresa May's government and May herself, who is pointing the finger at the Russian government and doing quite a bit of grandstanding about the incident.

The British Foreign Office offered its own harsh words.

"We remain committed to the development of long-term people-to-people links with Russian Federation as we do in over 100 other countries". Last year, Russian Federation destroyed all its stockpiles [of chemical weapons]. When Moscow finally made its announcement Saturday, it went slightly beyond strictly reciprocal measures.

"These will then be dispatched to highly-reputable worldwide laboratories selected by the OPCW for testing with results expected to take a minimum of two weeks", said a Foreign Office statement. The British Council is a cultural institute with artistic, language and educational programs.

Russian Foreign Ministry's spokesperson Maria Zakharova said a number of ex-Soviet scientists had left Russia, "taking with them the technologies that they were working on".

He also said that British leaders might have concocted the Skripal poisoning as a way to distract from the frustrating logjam over its withdrawal from the European Union.

Chizhov said: "When you have a nerve agent or whatever, you check it against certain samples that you retain in your laboratories".

Jonathan A. Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), an worldwide Jewish non-governmental organization always looking for anything allegedly "anti-semitic", said: "President Putin bizarrely has resorted to the blame game by pointing the finger at Jews and other minorities in his country", adding that "It is deeply disturbing to see the Russian president giving new life to classic anti-semitic stereotypes that have plagued his country for hundreds of years".

Britain had been widely expecting a robust response from Russian Federation, but it was immediately unclear whether there would be further retaliatory moves.

But Russian lawmaker Konstantin Kosachev blamed Britain for the escalating tensions.

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