Kremlin Rejects "Unfounded Accusations" Over Poisoning Of Ex-Russian Spy

A Russian policeman walks outside the British embassy in Moscow Russia

A Russian policeman walks outside the British embassy in Moscow Russia

In a joint statement with the leaders of France, Germany, and the United Kingdom on Thursday, the USA blamed Moscow for a brazen nerve agent attack on a Russian double agent and his daughter on British soil on March 4.

"23 diplomatic officers of British Embassy in Moscow are declared personae non-gratae and are expelled from the country within a week".

The Kremlin said that the move was in response to Britain's "provocative actions" referring to the accusation from Britain for the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal with a nerve agent that was developed in the Soviet Union, which Britain has blamed Russian Federation.

In addition to ejecting 23 Russian diplomats who she accused of spying in Britain, she also cut bilateral ties and threatened further action against rich Russians in the UK.

They remain in critical condition in hospital.

A view shows the building of All-Russian State Library for Foreign Literature, named after Margarita Rudomino, which houses the British Council in Moscow, Russia March 17, 2018.

President Vladimir Putin's spokesman on Wednesday rejected Britain's "unfounded accusations" and "ultimatums" over the poisoning of a former double agent in Britain.

Speaking in the White House on Thursday, Mr Trump said the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, using military-grade novichok, was "something that should never, ever happen".

Russia's response had been anticipated, a UK Foreign Office spokesperson said in a statement, adding that the UK National Security Council would meet early next week to discuss next steps.

British Ambassador to Russia Laurie Bristow leaves the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow Russia
British Ambassador to Russia Laurie Bristow leaves the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow Russia

Bristow told reporters afterwards that Britain had only expelled the Russian diplomats after Moscow had failed to explain how the nerve toxin had got to Salisbury.

In an article for The Guardian, Mr Corbyn - who has angered his own MPs with an apparent reluctance to directly blame Russian Federation - drew a link between the Salisbury attack and how "flawed intelligence and dodgy dossiers led to the calamity of the Iraq invasion".

The Prime Minister has been boosted by global support over Britain's response to the Salisbury nerve agent attack. Moscow refused to comply with Britain's demands that it explain how Novichok - a form of nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War - came to be used in Britain.

Russia, which denies any involvement in the incident, condemned May's decision as unacceptable and vowed a swift response.

May said some of the measures "cannot be shared publicly for reasons of national security".

Russia's response was more robust than expected. A subsequent pathologist report found that Glushkov died by a "compression to the neck", the police said.

A British policeman, Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, was also poisoned as he went to assist the pair.

"Moscow has nothing to do with the accident in Britain", Peskov said, reiterating Moscow was open to cooperate on the investigation. -Russian relations into their deepest freeze since the Cold War.

A United Kingdom inquiry found that two Russian agents poisoned Litvinenko at a London hotel bar in 2006 by spiking his tea with highly radioactive polonium-210, and that Putin "probably approved" Litvinenko's killing.

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