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Theresa May says Britain 'considering next steps' after Russian Federation expels 23 diplomats

Theresa May says Britain 'considering next steps' after Russian Federation expels 23 diplomats

Trump, echoing the British government, said it looked as though Moscow was behind the attack.

The British Council, the UK's worldwide organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, said it was "profoundly disappointed" at being told to cease operations in Russian Federation.

Western powers see the nerve-agent attack as the latest sign of alleged Russian meddling overseas.

The Russian foreign ministry said it was taking the measures in response to what it called the U.K.'s "provocative actions and unfounded accusations" over the poisoning case.

The chairman of the United Kingdom parliament's foreign affairs committee said that Russia's decision to expel the United Kingdom diplomats was "hardly surprising".

Britain's foreign minister Boris Johnson said Friday it was "overwhelmingly likely" President Vladimir Putin directly ordered the attack.

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. "That is why, we are truly surprised", Peskov told newsmen.

Earlier, spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova reported that all decisions on the response measures to the British side were adopted.

Kremlin says response to Britain could come 'any minute'
Corbyn added that Labour did not support Putin and that Russian Federation should be held to account if it was behind the attack. Johnson also said that London had nothing against the Russian people, "we do not get along with Putin and the Kremlin", he added.

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But a Russian scientist disclosed details of a secret program to manufacture the military-grade nerve agents in the 1990s, and later published the formula.

British lawmaker Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, said the move to close the organisation's office would hurt the Russian people.

On Thursday the British government secured the backing of the leaders of the United States, France and Germany. With Russian help, Syrian forces have stepped up their offensive on rebel-held areas in recent days, leaving many dead.

Saying that she had anticipated the move, the Prime Minister went on: "The rule of law".

Skripal, a former colonel in the GRU who betrayed dozens of Russian agents to British intelligence, and his daughter have been critically ill since March 4, when they were found unconscious on a bench. "I have never heard about this programme, about these nerve agents".

"Our position regarding the election of the Russian president in the annexed Crimea is as follows: these elections are illegal, unfair and we will not assist Russia in holding elections in our territory".

New tensions have also surfaced over the death Monday of a London-based Russian businessman, Nikolai Glushkov.

Russian investigators said they had opened a criminal investigation into the attempted murder of Yulia Skripal and offered to cooperate with British authorities.

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