Kremlin surprised by United Kingdom behavior toward Russian Federation regarding Skripal case – Spokesman
The Russian Foreign Ministry said that it would respond in kind to Britain’s decision, stating that the expulsions had been used for ‘short-sighted political ends’.
British police said Friday 131 people were exposed to trace amounts of the military-grade nerve agent used in the assault.
Putin’s spokesman branded the allegations “shocking and unforgivable” as Russian Federation continues to deny any involvement in the UK.
Russian Federation denies being the source of the nerve agent used and has demanded Britain share samples collected by investigators.
Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a statement Johnson’s claim was a “shocking and inexcusable breach of diplomatic propriety”. “It threatens the security of us all”, the statement said. “There is to be no Russophobia as a result of what is happening”.
Putin, accompanied by officials in hard hats, was given a tour of the still-uncompleted central section of the bridge, and posted for photographs with workers.
The Foreign Secretary was speaking during a visit to the Battle of Britain Bunker museum in Uxbridge with his Polish counterpart, Jacek Czaputowicz.
Russia is also planning a response to the U.S. after Donald Trump’s administration imposed sanctions on Russians allegedly involved in interfering with the 2016 U.S. elections and cyber-attacks. “This use of chemical weapons is a clear violation of the global law”, he said.
It’s worth underlining the magnitude of the offense represented by the attack last week in the normally peaceful city of Salisbury.
Russian Federation sent troops without insignia to Crimea and orchestrated the takeover of government agencies, before holding the referendum on March 16, a move that was denounced by the UN Security Council and General Assembly. “At this stage there is nothing to suggest any link to the attempted murders in Salisbury, nor any evidence that he was poisoned”.
Sergei Skripal moved to Salisbury after being jailed for passing Russian state secrets to British intelligence while working for the Russian government in the 1990s.
Russia’s government will add more Americans to its “black list” in response to new sanctions against Russians accused of election meddling.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd chaired a meeting of the Government’s emergency COBRA committee, while Environment Secretary Michael Gove led a cross-governmental ministerial recovery group looking at support for Salisbury in the aftermath of the attack.
The joint statement called the Skripal assassination attempt, which also seriously injured a police officer and others, an assault on Britain’s sovereignty as well as a breach of worldwide law and Russia’s commitment under the Chemical Weapons Convention.
The defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, used a speech in Bristol on Thursday to accuse Russian Federation of “ripping up the worldwide rulebook” through actions aimed at subverting other countries. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said Russian Federation “should go away and should shut up”, in a speech on Thursday. “I hope and believe that our friends will stand alongside us”.
Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili has suggested that Russian Federation attempted to assassinate a spy in the United Kingdom because Vladimir Putin expected the reaction would be “softer” than other nations. An inquest in 2016 found that Litvinenko had been killed by FSB (Russia’s Federal Security Service) agents, with Vladimir Putin’s approval.
Putin keeps doubling down on his provocations – some of which are unprecedented, even by the standards of the Cold War – because he has concluded he will pay no significant price for them.
May’s handling of the Skripal case has impressed voters in Britain.