Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

Russian Federation to expel 23 British diplomats

Russian Federation to expel 23 British diplomats

He was arrested and convicted of treason by Russia, but was pardoned and exchanged in a spy swap in 2010, after which he lived the U.K. The case has drawn obvious parallels with the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, a dissident former Russian intelligence officer who was killed with a radioactive poison in London in 2006.

In an interview on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Johnson said, "We actually have evidence within the last 10 years that Russian Federation has not only been investigating the delivery of nerve agents for the purposes of assassination, but has also been creating and stockpiling Novichok".

"We will never tolerate a threat to the life of British citizens and others on British soil from the Russian government".

Maria Zakharova said a large number of ex-Soviet scientists had gone to live in the West "taking with them the technologies that they were working on".

Britain has expelled 23 Russian diplomats over the poisoning, and Russia expelled British diplomats in response.

May says the March 4 attack on Sergei Skripal is a "flagrant breach of worldwide law and the chemical weapons convention". The U.K. diplomats have a week to leave.

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"We know that the Russians had experimented with armed miniature unmanned aerial vehicles", they note.

British police are trying to reconstruct the movements of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the crucial hours before they were found unconscious from nerve agent poisoning.

Meanwhile, counter-terrorism police renewed their appeal for sightings of Mr Skripal's burgundy BMW 320D saloon vehicle, registration HD09 WAO, in Salisbury on the morning of Sunday, March 4. And it's actually only eight miles from Salisbury. It says 400 witnesses have already given statements. Russian Federation has demanded that Britain share samples collected by investigators.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Britain would consider its next steps with its allies in the coming days. Moscow and London have both ordered diplomats expelled in the deepening dispute.

Russian Federation has also said it is opening a murder probe after Glushkov was found dead at his London home. "Now we are warning the [British] that we will respond in an adequate manner to all further steps of this nature".

A former double agent, Skripal betrayed dozens of Russian agents to British intelligence before his arrest in Moscow in 2004.

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Russia's foreign ministry listed four European countries as the most likely source for the Novichok nerve agent British officials say was used.

'It is Russian Federation that is in flagrant breach of worldwide law and the Chemical Weapons Convention'.

Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia remain in critical condition after the March 4 attack.

The measures included the expulsion of 23 diplomats in a week, the freezing of Russian state assets in Britain, the suspension of all planned high-level bilateral contacts and boycotting the ministers and the Royal Family from attending the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Russian Federation has vehemently denied its involvement in the incident and said retaliatory measures would follow soon. British Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking a global coalition of countries to punish Moscow.

Russian Federation has continued to deny possessing the deadly nerve agent - novichok - confirmed to have been used in the attack.

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United Kingdom foreign minister Boris Johnson added to the criticism, writing in yesterday's Washington Post that the nerve-agent incident is "part of a pattern of reckless behaviour" by the leader, citing Russia's annexation of Crimea, cyberattacks in Ukraine, the hacking of Germany's parliament and Russia's interference in USA elections.

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