Russia Expels 23 UK Diplomats In Retaliatory Move

by Abel Hampton March 18, 2018, 2:42
Russia Expels 23 UK Diplomats In Retaliatory Move

But he added: "Measures to tackle the oligarchs and their loot would have a far greater impact on Russia's elite than limited tit-for-tat expulsions".

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. An inquest failed to establish if he had committed suicide or died from foul play.

Ella Pamfilova was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying, "It is in our interest that everything works".

Russia decided the British diplomats must leave Moscow within a week, its foreign ministry said on Saturday, after a meeting with Britain's ambassador to Russia, Laurie Bristow.

"It is now widely accepted that more Russian spies live in London than we had at the height of the Cold War", the former head of the British e-espionage service, John Bayliss, recently told New York Times.

Speaking at an event in Moscow on Thursday night, Vladimir Putin said Russian Federation is a "proud" nation "and will be in the future, too".

He didn't rule out further measures in retaliation for the USA sanctions.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to members of military as she visits Salisbury southwest England, March 15, 2018. The Skripals remain in critical condition.

A Russian lawmaker is warning Britain against escalating the crisis over the poisoning of a former Russian spy.

"We insist that Russian Federation has no connection to what happened in Great Britain", he told a conference call.

May also said Britain would clamp down on murky Russian money and strengthen its powers to impose sanctions on abusers of human rights, though she gave few details.

U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters that "it certainly looks like" Russian Federation was behind the nerve-agent exposure, which also left a police officer injured.

In light of Putin's remarks, it is important to call attention to the illegitimacy of the staged "referendum", but also to the tremendous human costs the Russian government has imposed on the people of Crimea.

The attack showed the Kremlin was "clearly willing to act without restraint" and fit a pattern of "reckless behaviour" by Putin, Johnson said.

"It is important that Russian Federation gets a clear signal that it costs to behave the way they behave", Mr Stoltenberg said.

Russian Federation said it would respond soon to what it called Britain's "crude" and "hostile" actions.

Russian Federation denies being the source of the nerve agent, suggesting it could have been another country, and has demanded Britain share samples collected by investigators. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said in a newspaper column that politicians must not "rush way ahead of the evidence being gathered by the police".

NATO promised to help investigate what it called "the first offensive use of a nerve agent" in Europe or North America since the military alliance was founded in 1949.

The U.S. Treasury on Thursday sanctioned 19 Russian nationals and five entities in retaliation for Moscow's meddling in the U.S. presidential election in 2016.

Russian investigators offered some cooperation to British authorities after the 2006 London murder of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko too.


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