Moscow to Expel 23 UK Diplomats, Revokes Agreement on Opening Consulate Gen.

Moscow to Expel 23 UK Diplomats, Revokes Agreement on Opening Consulate Gen.

A diplomatic crisis has erupted between the United Kingdom and Russian Federation after Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in Salisbury on 4 March. Both are now in the hospital in critical condition.

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.

"When you have a nerve agent or whatever, you check it against certain samples that you retain in your laboratories", he said.

The UK government says they were poisoned with a nerve agent of a type developed by Russian Federation called Novichok, and PM Theresa May has said she believes Moscow is "culpable".

May said the duo was poisoned with a military grade nerved agent developed by Russian Federation. "If we are not careful, we will end up in [a] war".

Moscow rejects the claims as "provocation".

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. France and Germany make similar statements the following day.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday sloughed off the notion that Russia was behind the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter, saying "any sensible person would understand that this is delirium and nonsense, it is unthinkable that we would do such a thing".

Britain has already expelled 23 Russian diplomats in response to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with a Soviet-developed nerve agent.

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Bristow told reporters afterwards that Britain had only expelled the Russian diplomats after Moscow had failed to explain how the nerve toxin had got to Salisbury.

It also suspends high-level diplomatic contact with Moscow and will keep royals at home during the 2018 football World Cup.

The announcement came after the British ambassador to Russia, Laurie Bristow, was summoned to the foreign ministry in Moscow.

Russian Federation insists it had no motive to target Skripal with what Britain says was a highly-potent nerve agent called Novichok, in the first such attack in Europe since World War II.

In particular, the investigation believes that the gadget could have "hovered" in the air and spray the poison over the father and daughter when they were sitting on a park bench.

On Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said statements by British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson tying Putin to the attack were "shocking and unforgivable". The Kremlin says the accusation is "unforgivable". However German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that the European Union will not in the first instance discuss a boycott of the World Cup.

"It's financial attacks that are the most unsafe for Putin because if people around him believe that he's risking their fortunes then that's the one thing likely to shake their confidence in him", he added.

A Russian lawmaker warned Britain against escalating the crisis.

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