Delo: Salisbury attack ends passivity in UK-Russia relations

Delo: Salisbury attack ends passivity in UK-Russia relations

Moscow has vowed there will be a swift response to the expulsion of 23 of its diplomats by Britain.

"A final decision [on retaliatory measures] will, of course, be made by the Russian president".

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied any involvement in the incident. Secondly, if Russian Federation wanted Skripal dead, they could have done it when they had him in custody in Russian Federation. Its foreign ministry called the allegations by Prime Minister Theresa May "insane".

Allen said that fact alone should negate any Russian arguments "about the possibility of other countries having inherited this technology".

Some Russia experts cast doubt over whether May's actions met that test. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russian Federation was "worried by this situation" and would work to express its position on the worldwide stage. "This is, in my view, being polite; this is how gentlemen behave", he said.

"Britain's failure to cooperate on the Skripal poisoning is a major violation of chemical weapons convention", Lavrov said in comments attributed to him and posted on Twitter by the Russian Embassy in London.

Prime Minister Theresa May has said Russian Federation is guilty of attempted murder on British soil.

What is the latest from the UK?

Speaking during a visit to a west London military bunker with the Polish foreign minister, Mr Johnson said the UK's "quarrel is with Putin's Kremlin".

Australia has sent people to Moscow to follow up on the UK's accusations that Russian Federation is behind the attack.

Mr Johnson said: "Now is the moment for Putin to jam the lid down and send a signal to people: "You do this, you're going to die".

Russia's envoy to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons told The AP that his country has no stocks of the Novichok group of nerve agents, insisting that Soviet-era research into the agents was totally dismantled before Russian Federation joined the organization.

But he added that Russia's "smug, sarcastic" response indicated their "fundamental guilt". British Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking a global coalition of countries to punish Moscow, and the U.S., France and Germany have already lined up against Russian Federation over the Skripal attack.

The Foreign Secretary said it would "punish" fans and players to force the national team to stay away from this summer's tournament.

How did we get here?

Former spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were found unconscious on a bench in the city of Salisbury on March 4 and remain in hospital in critical condition. While all that's been happening, authorities have been trying to determine how a military-grade nerve agent was used to target the ex-spy, and a new theory is a real doozy.

He also responded to Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson - who previously said Russian Federation should "go away" and "shut up" - saying: "Maybe he lacks education".

"We will freeze Russian state assets wherever we have the evidence that they may be used to threaten the life or property of United Kingdom nationals or residents", May said, promising to use all possible legal powers against criminals and corrupt elites.

Mirzayanov revealed details of Russia's chemical weapons in the 1990s because he said he was afraid of their impact.

Theresa May announced the sanctions against Russian Federation after Moscow ignored a deadline to explain how a nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union was used to target a former spy in England.

Even US officials seem unsure how to react to Britain's precipitous escalation of tensions, and the US is no stranger to pinning blame on a politically convenient culprit without evidence.

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