Russian Federation hits back by throwing out 23 British diplomats

by Abel Hampton March 18, 2018, 2:44
Russian Federation hits back by throwing out 23 British diplomats

Nikki Haley, the US' ambassador to the United Nations, said: "The United States believes Russian Federation is responsible for an attack on two people in the United Kingdom using a military-grade nerve agent".

The US treasury department said the use of a military-grade nerve agent in the Salisbury incident "further demonstrates the reckless and irresponsible conduct of its (Russia's) government".

A spokesperson of British Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "In light of Russia's previous behaviour, we anticipated a response of this kind and the National Security Council will meet early next week to consider next steps".

"The United States believes that Russian Federation is responsible for the attack on two people in the United Kingdom, using a military-grade nerve agent", US Ambassador Nikki Haley told an emergency council meeting.

The message stresses that such measures have been taken in response to the expulsion of Russian diplomats from London. Any boycott of the soccer World Cup, which Russian Federation hosts this summer, is not an immediate priority, she said.

May said the agent used has been identified by British scientists as Novichok, which was developed in the Soviet Union.

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

"Twenty-three diplomatic staff of the UK Embassy in Moscow are declared persona non grata and are to be expelled from Russian Federation within a week".

Politician Vladimir Gutenev, a member of Russia's state commission for chemical disarmament, said Russian Federation had scrapped its stockpile of Novichok.

In addition, the British Council in Russian Federation will be closed.

Ambassador Laurie Bristow spoke Saturday after being called to the Russian Foreign Ministry to be informed that Russia will expel 23 diplomats, a tit-for-tat retaliation to Britain's announcement this week that 23 Russians would be expelled. An autopsy showed he died from "compression to the neck", the police said in a statement, adding that there was no evidence he had been poisoned or to link his death to the attack on the Skripals.

The news came as the global community rallied round Britain after the first use of this kind of chemical weapon in Europe since the Second World War.

Mr Corbyn said that Mrs May was right on Monday to identify two possibilities for the source of the nerve agent - either Russian Federation authorised the attack or had lost control of the Novichok substance.

"Secretary Tillerson's firing sets a profoundly disturbing precedent in which standing up for our allies against Russian aggression is grounds for a humiliating dismissal", Pelosi said Tuesday.

British investigators are working on the theory that the toxin was impregnated in an item of clothing or cosmetics or in a gift that was opened in Skripal's house in Salisbury, the Telegraph said, citing the unidentified sources.

Haley, addressing the U.N. Security Council in NY, said the USA stood "in absolutely solidarity" with Britain after the country expelled 23 Russian diplomats in response to the nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal, the ex-spy, and his daughter in Salisbury last week.


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