Russian Federation further condemned for spy attack

Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street after Theresa May summoned MPs to a national security meeting

STEFAN ROUSSEAU AP Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street after Theresa May summoned MPs to a national security meeting

Russia's expulsion of 23 British diplomats "doesn't change the facts of the matter" of the poisoning of a former double agent in an English city, Prime Minister Theresa May said Saturday.

Britain and Russian Federation have each expelled 23 diplomats, broken off high-level contacts and taken other punitive steps in the escalating tit-for-tat dispute, which clouded the run-up to Sunday's presidential election in Russian Federation. The couple had no visible signs of injuries and were immediately sent to the Salisbury District Hospital.

According to him, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons experts will come from The Hague to the United Kingdom to test the samples of the nerve agent, which poisoned Skripal.

Britain's foreign minister said Sunday that he has evidence Russian Federation has been stockpiling a nerve agent in violation of global law "very likely for the purposes of assassination".

Western powers see the nerve-agent attack as the latest sign of alleged Russian meddling overseas.

Moscow announced the diplomatic retaliation on the eve of Russia's presidential elections, which incumbent Vladimir Putin should comfortably win because he is leading the polls.

"President Macron denounced as early as Tuesday the Salisbury chemical attack as unacceptable and assured Prime Minister May the United Kingdom had France's full support".

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A Russian politician is warning Britain against escalating the crisis over the poisoning of a former Russian spy.

"They have treated the use of a military-grade nerve agent in Europe with sarcasm, contempt and defiance", she said Wednesday. "The position of the British side seems absolutely irresponsible to us".

Speaking on Russia-24 television, Zakharova on Saturday linked Britain's angry reaction to the war in Syria. With Russian help, Syrian forces have stepped up their offensive on rebel-held areas in recent days, leaving many dead.

Czech Foreign Minister Martin Stropnicky said this was "wholly unsubstantiated" and "highly speculative". It is still not clear how the Skripals came in contact with the nerve agent.

Johnson said he will brief European Union foreign ministers on the case Monday before meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

British police said there is no apparent link between the attack on Glushkov and the poisoning of the Skripals, but both have raised alarm in the West at a time when Russian Federation is increasingly assertive on the global stage and is facing investigations over alleged interference in the Donald Trump's 2016 election as USA president.

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