Spy poisoning: Russian Federation 'underestimates United Kingdom allies'

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian Federation was quick to deny the accusation and reiterated it was not involved in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury almost two weeks ago using nerve agent Novichok.

On Wednesday, May called the attack a "barbaric act" and announced retaliatory measures including: the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats she called "undeclared intelligence officers"; uninviting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to visit the United Kingdom; freezing certain Russian government assets in the United Kingdom; and suspending "high-level" diplomatic contacts.

What these countermeasures will entail exactly is unknown yet, but Russian Federation said earlier it would expel British diplomats. "They are now being worked on and will be adopted in the near future", Zakharova said.

Writing in the Guardian, he condemned the "horrific" incident but insisted: "A connection to Russian mafia-like groups that have been allowed to gain a toehold in Britain can not be excluded".

'I'm absolutely certain that Russian Federation has underestimated the resolve and unity of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies when we have implemented different kinds of sanctions over the last years, ' Mr Stoltenberg added.

But she added: "Britain is refusing to provide any factual information on this case". In November 2006, not long after the Russian parliament passed a law authorizing the Federal Security Service (FSB) to assassinate Russia's enemies overseas, Alexander Litvinenko, a former FSB officer who sought asylum in Britain in 2000 and later co-operated with MI6, died after being poisoned with lethal polonium-210.

"We are hoping that common sense will prevail", he said in the Kremlin's first public response to British accusations that Russian Federation was likely behind the attempted murder of former double agent Sergei Skripal.

He claimed Mr Skripal was "useless" to the Russian state and there was no value in poisoning him and likened it to a "British TV drama".

Russian Special Presidential Envoy for the Syrian Settlement Alexander Lavrentyev told reporters that confidence between Moscow, Ankara and Tehran has approached a new level and that the sides plan to further develop their relations within the negotiation process.

In a strongly worded statement to the House of Commons, May said the "military grade" nerve agent used in the attack had been identified as Novichok, a substance developed in the Soviet Union in the 1970s.

"We share the UK assessment that there is no plausible alternative explanation, and note that Russia's failure to address the legitimate request by the UK Government further underlines its responsibility".

The pilots of a Turkish Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 flying from Kharkiv to Istanbul reported that one of the passengers had a bomb and the plane had to change course to Sochi, said Kondrashov, who became the president's election campaign spokesman in January.

"We condemn this unprecedented attack by Russian Federation on the territory of the United Kingdom".

Nineteen people and five Russian organisations were targeted by Washington's measures in what amounts to the most significant action against Moscow since Mr Trump took office. Trump told Prime Minister Theresa May the U.S.

"If this Novichok is exclusively Russian, why would Russia choose that weapon to mount a terrorist attack on the streets of Salisbury?" But global condemnation of Russian Federation for the poisoning, accompanied by negative economic consequences, could start to erode support for Mr. Putin among members of his political elite, especially those who have residences in Britain.

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