Published: Mon, March 19, 2018

Russian diplomats denied access to Skripal

Russian diplomats denied access to Skripal

Russian Federation ordered the expulsion of 23 British diplomats in retaliation for United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May's ouster of 23 Kremlin envoys over the nerve-agent poisoning near London of a former spy and his daughter.

The British government dismissed the ambassador's suggestion as "nonsense". However, The Swedish, Czech and Slovak foreign ministers and ministry have all rejected the claim separately.

Investigators from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will visit the United Kingdom to take samples of Novichok, the substance used to attack former double agent Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33.

Some British lawmakers have urged Prime Minister Theresa May to freeze the private assets of senior members in Russian President Vladimir Putin's circle.

Vladimir Chizhov told the Andrew Marr Show Russia had "nothing to do" with the poisoning in Salisbury city centre.

"Moscow would exert maximum pressure on London in a standoff over the poisoning of a former spy", Interfax cited Yakovenko as saying.

The expulsion came after May Wednesday ordered out the largest number of Russian diplomats from London in 30 years and broke off all high-level contacts.

The UK's failure to send a request to Moscow over the Skripal case via OPCW channels points to a lack of legal basis for a proper probe, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov noted on Friday, referring to Johnson's allegations that Russian Federation and even President Vladimir Putin himself were behind the plot to poison the Skripals. They remain in critical condition and a policeman who visited their home is in serious condition.

British toxicologists say Novichok was used in the assassination attempt. Russian Federation has denied any involvement.

And she promised a crackdown on the money that has flowed into London from Russia's "corrupt elite", but was short on details.

British police said there is no apparent link between the attack on Glushkov and the poisoning of the Skripals, but both have raised alarm in the West at a time when Russian Federation is increasingly assertive on the global stage and is facing investigations over alleged interference in Donald Trump's 2016 election as USA president.

Speaking to Robert Peston on ITV, McDonnell also defended Jeremy Corbyn's apparent reluctance to avoid blaming the Russian state or Putin for the poisonings, insisting that it was right that the leader of the opposition held the government to account.

A british police officer is also being treated in hospital for contamination.

But political pressure is mounting on May not to back off. "Maybe the U.S. paid them for this which should also be checked", he said. He has been living in Britain for eight years now.

"It's financial attacks that are the most risky for Putin because if people around him believe that he's risking their fortunes then that's the one thing likely to shake their confidence in him", he added.

And it also said it would halt the activities of the British Council in Russian Federation in a tough series of retaliatory measures announced after summoning British Ambassador Laurie Bristow. Logically they shouldn't have this substance. We'll be sharing the samples with them, as you would expect. "Questions arise: then, they should have samples, which they hide, or it is a lie from start to finish".

Russia's ambassador to the United Kingdom warned the dispute was escalating "dangerously and out of proportion" and the country reserved the right to take "further retaliatory measures" if more sanctions are implemented.

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