Russian Federation to expel British diplomats

Russian Federation to expel British diplomats

Russian Federation to expel British diplomats

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday that Russian Federation could announce retaliatory measures against Britain in a diplomatic row over the poisoning of former double agent at "any minute".

Johnson said the evidence of Russian guilt was "overwhelming" because only Moscow had access to the poison used and a motive for harming Skripal.

"It was important for the Chancellor (Angela Merkel) and the government to show very clearly that in this matter we are on the side of Britain", he said, adding that Germany had not been asked to assist with Britain's investigations.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday that his country meant to expel British diplomats in retaliation.

Former spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter, Yulia Skripal, 33, remain critically ill in hospital after being found slumped on a bench in Salisbury, Wiltshire, on 4 March. May on Wednesday expelled 23 Russian diplomats, severed high-level contacts and vowed both open and covert action following the incident.

No country has ever declared stocks of the nerve agent Novichok to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the organization said.

Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, former commander of the British Army's chemical and biological weapons regiment, called the claim that USA or British agents could have developed Novichok "complete hogwash". Russian Federation and United Kingdom are battling.

Britain has given Putin until midnight on Tuesday to explain how a nerve agent developed by the former Soviet Union was used to strike down the father and daughter.

"The moment you mix this stuff up, it presents a high risk to you - and if you were to spill it, you'd be in bad danger", said Andrea Sella, a professor of inorganic chemistry at University College London.

"They sought to launch an active dialogue with the officials in London ..." A police officer who then visited the Skripal residence was also later hospitalized for chemical poisoning.

"They want to simultaneously deny it and yet at the same time to glory in it".

"It seems like (the Novichok) was disguised incredibly cunningly, because if you suddenly realized there was this horrendous substance in something that you thought was innocuous, you would immediately raise the alarm", he said.

But to the West, they are raising similar concerns.

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