Foreign Ministry slams expulsion of Russian diplomats as provocation

Saul Bowman
April 4, 2018

Peskov says that London will have to account for its claims before its allies, who have evicted scores of Russian diplomats in a show of solidarity. United States officials have confirmed the invitation.

British authorities say his daughter is conscious and talking.

Yury Filatov held a media briefing on Tuesday at the Russian embassy in Dublin to provide an update on the poisoning incident last month.

Britain has accused Russian Federation of involvement in the March 4 nerve agent attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, the accusations Russian Federation has vehemently denied.

The Trump administration claimed the expelled diplomats are Russian intelligence agents, and insisted their departure would make the USA more secure.

"We were able to identify it as Novichok, to identify that it was military-grade nerve agent", Gary Aitkenhead, chief executive of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down in England, told Sky News. The official did not divulge those details, but said Russian involvement in the attack is the only "plausible explanation".

Moscow rejected all of the United Kingdom's accusations, saying that a program aimed at developing such a substance had existed neither in the Soviet Union nor in Russian Federation.

His comments came as he hosted leaders from the three Baltic states - which have had a torrid history with their larger neighbor Russian Federation.


Aitkenhead said Tuesday that the attack with a highly toxic Novichok nerve agent was "probably only within the capabilities of a state actor".

A spokesperson said: "We have been clear from the very beginning that our world leading experts at Porton Down identified the substance used in Salisbury as a Novichok, a military grade nerve agent".

The global chemical weapons watchdog agency has said it will meet Wednesday to discuss Britain's US -backed allegation that Russian Federation is responsible for the poisoning of a former double agent in England.

The 14 questions tweeted out cover everything from how United Kingdom experts determined the nerve agent originated in Russian Federation, to how medical personnel would have had antidotes available.

The location of manufacture "can be established through a number of different input sources which the Government has access to", he said, adding: "From our perspective, scientific evidence is only one of those sources, and it requires a number of other things to verify that".

Lavrov said that Russian Federation has called a meeting of the global chemical weapons watchdog for Wednesday to discuss the case and asked it to provide details of its co-operation with Britain in the poisoning probe. "We don't see this as a diplomatic tit-for-tat".

WASHINGTON: expelled 60 USA diplomats on Thursday and announced it would eject scores from other countries that have joined London and Washington in censuring Moscow over the poisoning of a spy.

"The United States, in concert with many countries, made the decision to kick out Russian spies", said Nauert.

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