Accusation of Putin role in poisoning is shocking

Vladimir Putin ordered to shoot-down plane carrying 110 passengers over 2014 Olympics threat

Vladimir Putin ordered to shoot-down plane carrying 110 passengers over 2014 Olympics threat

Moscow has found its way to respond to the recent United Kingdom move to expel Russian diplomats within the poisoning case of a former Russian agent.

Skripal, a former colonel in the GRU who betrayed dozens of Russian agents to British intelligence, and his daughter have been critically ill since March 4, when they were found unconscious on a bench.

Peskov slammed Johnson's remarks as "shocking and unforgivable behavior from the point of view of diplomacy".

"I'm absolutely certain that Russian Federation has underestimated the resolve and unity of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies when we have implemented different kinds of sanctions over the last years", Mr Stoltenberg added. "Any reference or mentioning of our president is nothing else but shocking and unpardonable diplomatic misconduct".

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 this week ordered 23 Russian diplomats to leave the country, saying that Russia was not cooperating in the case of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, both found March 4 poisoned by a nerve agent that British officials say was developed in Russia.

Confirming Labour's support for Mrs May's actions, Mr Corbyn said: "We agree with the Government's action in relation to Russian diplomats".

Polish foreign minister Jacek Czaputowicz said: "We are sure that it is the Russian state which is involved in this attempt".

"It is hard to say what may be happening in neighboring countries", he was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Friday that Russian Federation would expand its "black list" of American citizens who can't visit or do business in Russian Federation.

While Russia has vigorously denied involvement in the attack, Western powers see it as the latest sign of alleged Russian meddling overseas.

"Britain's failure to cooperate on the Skripal poisoning is a major violation of chemical weapons convention", Lavrov said in comments attributed to him and posted on Twitter by the Russian Embassy in London.

The source of the nerve agent - which Britain says is Soviet-made Novichok - is unclear, as is the way it was administered.

They also opened a murder investigation into the death of Nikolai Glushkov, a former associate of the late tycoon Boris Berezovsky.

Mr Lavrov said: "I guess he wants to go down in history with some bombastic statements ..."

The investigation will be carried out in accordance with "Russian and worldwide law", it said, adding that "investigators are ready to work together with competent authorities in Great Britain".

President Donald Trump and the leaders of France and Germany joined British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday to directly pin blame for the attack on Russian Federation. Britain said it was not enough though, and in 2016, a judge-led inquiry concluded that Putin had probably approved Litvinenko's murder, something Moscow denies. He accused Russian Federation of "ripping up the worldwide rulebook" and "attempting to "subvert, undermine and influence" countries around the world".

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

Sergei Skripal moved to Salisbury after being jailed for passing Russian state secrets to British intelligence while working for the Russian government in the 1990s.

Sergei Skripal was sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2006 for spying for Britain, according to Russian state media accounts of the closed hearing.

While Russian officials have not disputed that the chemical weapon known as Novichok is indeed a Soviet creation that, as far as the global governments of the world are aware, has not been recreated in the laboratories of other nations, they have contested the determination that the substance used in the attack was Novichok at all - demanding that they be permitted to conduct their own independent analysis of the substance recovered at the scene.

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