Published: Mon, March 19, 2018

Russian Federation retaliates in escalating feud over United Kingdom nerve agent attack

Russian Federation retaliates in escalating feud over United Kingdom nerve agent attack

In retribution to a dispute over a nerve agent attack, Russian Federation on Saturday announced 23 British diplomats are being expelled and threatened that further measures would be taken if the Britain government retaliates against Russian Federation again. The closure of the British Council's Moscow office will sever cultural ties, while that of the consulate- general in St Petersburg will end Britain's diplomatic presence in Russia's second city.

Yesterday, the Russian foreign ministry tweeted an RT interview with Alexander Shulgin, Russia's permanent representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), in which he suggested British authorities were "afraid".

BRITAIN has proof the Kremlin has been developing chemical weapons to assassinate its enemies, Boris Johnson revealed today.

The confrontation escalated after May accused Moscow on Wednesday of an "unlawful use of force" involving a weapons-grade nerve agent and ordered out the largest number of Russian diplomats from London in 30 years.

Britian has accused Russian Federation of using a military grade, allegedly Soviet-produced nerve agent belonging to a strain known as Novichok against Sergei and Yulia, both of whom remained in a critical condition.

Russian Federation was on Sunday set to elect Vladimir Putin to a historic fourth Kremlin term, as the country faces increasing isolation over a spy poisoning in Britain and a fresh round of USA sanctions.

When asked about Chizhov's claim that Russian Federation stopped producing chemical weapons in 1992 and destroyed its reserves of such substances last year, Johnson said: "We actually have evidence, in the last ten years, that Russian Federation has not only been investigating the delivery of nerve agents for the purposes of assassination, but it has also been creating and stockpiling Novichock".

Meanwhile, Russia is to expel 23 British diplomats as the row over the attack on the Skripals continues.

"The British side is warned that in case of further unfriendly actions against Russia, the Russian side reserves the right to take further retaliatory measures", according to the statement.

Britain's National Security Council will meet early next week to consider the next steps, May said. Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has denounced the British accusations as "absolutely rude, unsubstantiated and baseless".

Putin, who has run under the slogan "a strong president - a strong Russian Federation", has declined to take part in televised debates and shot no new material for his own campaign advertisements. "Britain is acting too defiantly".

In addition, Moscow said it was rescinding permission for the open a new consular office in St. Petersburg, and that it was shuttering the British Council, a United Kingdom government organization based in Moscow and dedicated to cultural and scientific cooperation between the countries. The organization has been operating in Russian Federation since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union.

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