Russian Federation calls British PM's allegations over poisoning…

Russian Federation calls British PM's allegations over poisoning…

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said "it looks like" Russia was behind the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain earlier this month.

However, the British Prime Minister did not address the fact that Russia's announcement was a tit-for-tat response after London announced it was expelling 23 Russian diplomats from the UK.

Tougher rhetoric came only on Wednesday evening, when White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders put out a statement saying the US "stands in solidarity with its closest ally" and shares Britain's assessment that "Russia is responsible for the reckless nerve agent attack".

A spokesperson said: "It's just another futile attempt from the Russian state to divert the story away from the facts - that Russia has acted in flagrant breach of its global obligations".

"23 diplomatic officers of British Embassy in Moscow are declared personae non-gratae and are expelled from the country within a week".

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said Russian Federation should "go away and shut up" while Cabinet colleague Boris Johnson said it was "overwhelmingly likely" that Mr Putin directed the use of the nerve agent on Britain's streets.

Russia, which denies any involvement in the incident, condemned May's decision as unacceptable and vowed a swift response.

March 12 - Prime Minister Theresa May tells the House of Commons that the Skripals were poisoned with Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

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Britain's relationship with Russia wasn't great to begin with, but continues to worsen this week as the May government "retaliates" against Russia for the poisoning of a former Russian spy, a retaliation which seems premature given Russia hasn't been proven to be the culprit.

May had given Moscow until midnight Tuesday to explain whether the attack was directed by Russian authorities or whether the government had lost control of the nerve agent.

"Around 400 witnesses have already given statements, with hundreds more to be taken in the coming days". They are taken to Salisbury District Hospital, where they remain in critical condition.

Sergei Skripal's burgundy BMW is seen in suburban Salisbury, near a cemetery, where his wife and son are commemorated.

In yet another statement from the State Department, Nauert condemned Russia's March 18, 2014, annexation of Crimea, calling the referendum used by Moscow as a pretext for the move "fabricated".

Writing in the Sun on Sunday, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson described the closures as "futile" and said they would "only punish ordinary Russians" by depriving them of opportunities to learn English and apply for visas to visit Britain.

Besides expelling the diplomats, suspending high-level contacts and cracking down on Russian criminals and dirty money, Britain is expected to announce additional military spending on chemical weapons defence. Putin's spokesman denounced the claim.

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