Defiant Russia vows retaliation over U.S. sanctions, United Kingdom spy accusations

Vladimir Putin is lauded as a saviour who restored pride and traditional values to a humiliated nation

Vladimir Putin is lauded as a saviour who restored pride and traditional values to a humiliated nation

"There is to be no Russophobia as a result of what is happening", Johnson said on March 16, almost two weeks after former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were exposed to what British authorities say was a potent nerve agent developed in the Soviet Union.

Russian Federation said Friday that it will expel British diplomats and halt high-level meetings with the United Kingdom in an increasingly global standoff over the nerve agent attack on an ex-spy - but still isn't saying who will be kicked out or when.

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a statement Johnson's claim was a "shocking and inexcusable breach of diplomatic propriety". Russian Federation has asked to be allowed to examine the evidence and claims that so far it has not been allowed to do so.

Russia's Foreign Ministry has summoned the British ambassador to Russian Federation for talks in a heightening dispute over a nerve agent attack on a former spy in Britain.

Moscow responds to British measures in dispute over poisoning of former spy.

The closure of the British Council's Moscow office will sever cultural ties, while that of the consulate-general in St Petersburg will end Britain's diplomatic presence in Russia's second city.

A British policeman was also poisoned when he went to help them and remains in a serious but stable condition.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has given the diplomats one week to leave the country.

"It is our view that when political or diplomatic relations become hard, cultural relations and educational opportunities are vital to maintain on-going dialogue between people and institutions", it said in a statement.

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"It is now widely accepted that more Russian spies live in London than we had at the height of the Cold War", the former head of the British e-espionage service, John Bayliss, recently told New York Times.

The Russian Foreign Ministry declared on Saturday 23 employees of the UK Embassy in Moscow "personae non gratae" in response to the similar move made by London, the ministry said in a statement.

The Foreign Ministry said Moscow's measures were a response to what it called Britain's "provocative actions and groundless accusations".

Russians living in London, speaking in worldwide media, say they are increasingly concerned by the close monitoring of the Kremlin.

While Russia has vigorously denied involvement in the attack, Western powers see it as the latest sign of alleged Russian meddling overseas. An invitation for Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to visit Britain has been canceled, and British ministers and royals won't attend the soccer World Cup in Russia this summer.

British police said Friday that he died from compression to the neck and opened a murder investigation.

Russia's response was more robust than expected.

Confirming Labour's support for Mrs May's actions, Mr Corbyn said: "We agree with the Government's action in relation to Russian diplomats". Using a military-grade nerve agent in the Salisbury incident "further demonstrates the reckless and irresponsible conduct of its [Russia's] government", the U.S. said.

A former double agent, Skripal betrayed dozens of Russian agents to British intelligence before his arrest in Moscow in 2004. He was granted refuge in the UK after a high-profile spy exchange between the United States and Russian Federation in 2010.

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