Russia Prepares Retaliatory Sanctions against US

Theresa May

GettyTheresa May declared that it was'highly likely that Vladimir Putin was behind the alleged attack

The attacks, known as Dragonfly, pierced many layers of security and would have allowed the intruders to sabotage systems, experts say.

"The president did tell the prime minister on the phone yesterday the United States does stand 100 percent with our ally [the] U.K. on this matter", he said.

A British inquiry found that Mr Litvinenko was poisoned by Russian agents Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun, on orders that had "probably been approved by President Putin".

President Vladimir Putin has appealed to Russians' "love of the fatherland" to encourage them to vote in the Russian Elections 2018 on Sunday, as he seeks to boost turnout at an election he is sure to win. "It sounds to me like they believe it was Russian Federation, and I would certainly take that finding as fact".

"Russia has officially expressed readiness to work, using all the mechanisms and tools of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), but London has been unwilling to cooperate with us within the legal framework, and the trend is only growing", she was quoted as saying by Tass news agency. "The British blame game based on the word "likely", but not on trustworthy investigation, hard facts and proper global procedures, is highly reprehensible and extremely counterproductive".

Unfortunately, the degree of support from the United States and other British allies remains vague at this point.

Update: Tillerson has been sacked by Donald Trump.

Haley told the members of the security council that she has constantly heard how they oppose the use of chemical weapons. "They could be used here in NY, or in cities of any country that sits on this Council". They are created to cut down the Russian espionage machine in Britain (expelling 23 Russian spies), tighten British security, increase the range of sanctions that can be employed against Russia and cut off high-level contacts between Britain and Russia.

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"This is a defining moment".

The NATO military alliance demanded answers from Russian Federation. The common-defence provision invoked after the 9-11 attacks in invading Afghanistan would be highly risky in this case, said Stephen Saideman of Carleton University's Paterson School of International Affairs.

"We will work with our allies and partners to confront such actions wherever they threaten our security, at home and overseas", she said.

"(It) sounds very warlike", Saideman said. "And I don't think it's necessary for me to give any evaluation about that".

"It is not clear to me that London's response will hit the Kremlin where it hurts". "I'd love to see a boycott of the World Cup but I doubt that will happen".

The Trump administration Thursday imposed sanctions on a series of Russian organizations and individuals in retaliation for interference in the 2016 presidential elections and other "malicious cyberattacks". So did U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in what ultimately became one of his last public statements before being fired.

Denying the existence of the Novichok programme, the Russian diplomat stressed that this issue should be discussed in a different forum and remarked that its requests to Britain for information sharing remained unanswered.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said May's actions were a "just response" to the attack.

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