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Russian Federation expels 23 British diplomats in spy-poisoning response

19 March 2018

Britain has said Russian Federation used the Soviet-era nerve agent called Novichok to attack Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the first known offensive use of such a weapon on European soil since World War Two.

A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said: "It's just another futile attempt from the Russian state to divert the story away from the facts - that Russia has acted in flagrant breach of its global obligations", while Johnson said it was indicative that Russia was "not a country that wants to engage in getting to the bottom of the matter".

"It's just another futile attempt from the Russian state to divert the story away from the facts - that Russia has acted in flagrant breach of its global obligations", a spokesperson said. Johnson said Britain's National Security Council will meet later this week to decide "what further measures, if any" may be taken, and that the government may decide to target Russian wealth in Britain.

Britain blames Russian Federation for the nerve-agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter, who were found unconscious March 4 in the English city of Salisbury and remain in critical condition.

As long as that presidential attitude continues, Mr. Putin can expect any Russian attacks against the West in general, and the United States in particular, to sow discord in the USA administration, in the American society, and between the United States and its traditional allies.

He has a point, especially considering that it was not the first time Russian Federation has undertaken such an act in Britain.

Czech Foreign Minister Martin Stropnicky called it an "absurd accusation".

The photo shows a burgundy BMW 320D with registration number HD09 WAO.

Chezhov claimed that some number of scientists responsible for creating some nerve agents "have been whisked out of Russian Federation and are now residing in the U.K".

Top EU diplomats were expected to discuss next steps at a meeting Monday, with some calling for a boycott of the upcoming World Cup in Russian Federation.

Britain says it is Novichok, a class of powerful nerve agent developed in the Soviet Union toward the end of the Cold War.

She said: "But Russia's response doesn't change the facts of the matter - the attempted assassination of two people on British soil for which there is no alternative conclusion other than that the Russian state was culpable".

A Russian lawmaker is warning Britain against escalating the crisis over the poisoning of a former Russian spy. British Ambassador Laurie Bristow was called to the Foreign Ministry to be informed of the moves.

"Today Russia stands alone and isolated".

A Russian scientist disclosed details of a secret program to manufacture the military-grade nerve agents in the 1990s, and later published the formula. He was Mr. Putin's former media czar who was instrumental in subjugating the free media in Russian Federation and who was found with his head bashed in a Washington hotel the day before he was scheduled to meet with U.S. Justice Department officials. They remain in critical condition in hospital.

Britain's foreign secretary accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of personally ordering the poisoning of the Skripals, who were found slumped on a public bench in the southern English city of Salisbury.

He also pledged to use existing sanctions under the Criminal Finances Act passed past year to crack down on unexplained wealth that may have been obtained by corruption, or where there was evidence of a link with the Kremlin and Vladimir Putin.

He said the reaction across the Government, Parliament and the wider country had been "hugely encouraging" but he hit out at Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who came under fire on Wednesday after failing to offer explicit support for the Prime Minister's approach in the House of Commons.

Russian Federation expels 23 British diplomats in spy-poisoning response