Published: Thu, March 22, 2018
Medicine | By Rogelio Lindsey

European Union condemns spy hit as Britain slams 'absurd' Russian Federation denials

European Union condemns spy hit as Britain slams 'absurd' Russian Federation denials

There had been reports that Mrs May could order fresh measures after Moscow responded to British action by expelling 23 United Kingdom diplomats, withdrawing permission for a consulate to open in St Petersburg and closing the British Council in Russian Federation.

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The pair remain critically ill in the hospital, while a British police officer also fell ill from exposure to the substance, which British officials believe was the military-grade nerve agent Novichok.

Britain's foreign secretary accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of personally ordering the poisoning of the Skripals.

"Sooner or later these unsubstantiated allegations will have to be answered for: either backed up with the appropriate evidence or apologised for", said Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Speaking in Brussels alongside British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Monday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Russia's response had so far "demonstrated a clear disregard for global peace and security".

Russia's Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, also added that his country meant to expel British diplomats in retaliation.

"We will always do what is necessary to defend ourselves, our allies and our values against an attack of this sort, which is an attack not only on the United Kingdom, but upon the worldwide rules-based system on which all countries, including Russian Federation, depend for their safety and security", Bristow told reporters after being informed of the expulsions.

Inspectors from the world's chemical weapons watchdog on Monday began examining the poison used to strike down a former Russian double agent in England, in an attack that London blames on Moscow. Opposition lawmakers are calling on the government to clamp down on the illicitly gained money of wealthy Russians in Britain.

He told the news outlet: "We know the exact countries where such work continued, achieving certain success".

"All fingers point towards Russia's involvement in this, and obviously the manufacture of the material was undertaken by the Russian state originally".

Relations strained further on Friday when London's Metropolitan Police said that it's treating as murder the death of Nikolai Glushkov, a close associate of Putin opponent Boris Berezovsky-a one-time billionaire who was himself found hanged in 2013 in his house outside London.

Prime Minister Theresa May's office says the National Security Council met Tuesday to discuss the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

Also on Tuesday, a Russian scientist told state media that he worked on an official program to produce Novichok, contradicting Moscow's claims it never developed the nerve agent.

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 also announced a boycott by members of the royal family and ministers of this summer's World Cup football tournament in Russian Federation.

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