Nerve Agent Planted In Luggage Of Former Russian Spy's Daughter

Nerve Agent Planted In Luggage Of Former Russian Spy's Daughter

Speaking at her party's spring forum in London, May said Britain would "consider our next steps in the coming days, alongside our allies and partners".

On Saturday, Russia's Foreign Ministry ordered the expulsion of 23 British officials from the country.

Peskov said the nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia "doesn't affect" the campaign for Sunday's election, which he called Russia's top priority.

Asked by a Reuters reporter in the Kazakh capital if Moscow would expel British diplomats, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov smiled and said on Friday: "We will, of course".

In an interview with a Russian state broadcaster on the eve of Sunday's presidential election here, foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova suggested all three states, along with Britain, had been "carrying out intense research" on Novichok, but she offered no evidence for her assertion.

Russia's tit-for-tat retaliation against the United Kingdom is "futile", Boris Johnson has declared, as he escalates his war of words with Vladimir Putin. It also said in a statement that it is ordering the closure of the British Council, a government-backed organization for cultural and scientific cooperation, and that it is ending an agreement to reopen the British consulate in St. Petersburg.

"I spoke with the Prime Minister and we are in deep discussions", Trump said of British Prime Minister Theresa May. "It is our view that when political or diplomatic relations become hard, cultural relations and educational opportunities are vital to maintain on-going dialogue between people and institutions".

Russian Federation denied all the accusations and demanded the British side to provide evidence and threatened to respond to London's ultimatum.

On Saturday, Russia's Foreign Ministry announced that 23 British diplomats were declared persona non grata and would be expelled within a week. UK Prime Minister Theresa May on March 14 accused Russian Federation of "an unlawful use of force" against her country.

     TENSIONS A man takes down the Russian flag outside the Russian consulate
GETTY TENSIONS A man takes down the Russian flag outside the Russian consulate

Critics of the British government have long claimed that the reluctant to act against Russia because London's property market and financial sector are magnets for billions in Russian money.

It warned London it stood ready to take further measures in the event of more "unfriendly steps".

Mr. Putin is sure to be reelected for another six-year term in Sunday elections, with no viable opponents.

But absent a more resolute, coordinated response from Britain and its European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies - including first and foremost the United States, Britain's closest ally - there's no telling what new Russian atrocities may be coming.

"On Friday it emerged that 131 innocent people may have been exposed to the Novichok nerve agent".

It also says it has begun a separate probe into the suspected murder of a Russian living in London, Nikolai Glushkov.

After several days of investigation, British authorities determined that they were poisoned with a nerve agent known as Novichok, which is believed to be unique to Russian Federation.

British investigators are working on the theory that the toxin was impregnated in an item of clothing or cosmetics or in a gift that was opened in Skripal's house in Salisbury, the Telegraph said, citing the unidentified sources.

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