In televised address, Putin urges high voter turnout ahead of Russian election


That's because the big story, at least for public consumption, as far is the Kremlin is concerned, is Russia's presidential election - just 48 hours away.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is banned from taking part in Sunday's presidential election.

Johnson said earlier on Friday that London believed it "overwhelmingly likely" that the Russian leader had personally handed down orders to use a nerve agent to poison Skripal.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday also accused Britain of violating worldwide law and said Britain's defence minister "lacks education".

Russian Federation compliments 'the wise position of West Jerusalem' in spy affair
Photo The British ambassador to Russia, Laurie Bristow, leaving the Foreign Ministry in Moscow on Saturday. The Russian government has denied any involvement in the attack.

The sanctions prompted a swift threat of retaliation from the Russian government.

Lavrov and other Russian officials have sought to cast doubt on the allegations, saying Britain has refused to share information on the deadly chemical nerve agent used in the attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England.

Writing in the Guardian, Mr Corbyn, whose response to the attack has led to criticism from some on his backbenches, said "the evidence points towards Russia" being responsible - but the possibility of gangsters being behind the attack rather than the Kremlin could not be excluded.

The war of words between the West and Moscow escalated yesterday after Boris Johnson directly accused Vladimir Putin of ordering the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy on United Kingdom soil.

Egypt: citizens overseas to vote Friday in presidential el
It is significant that the Egyptian Elections Committee is not allowing any foreign monitors to cover the electoral process. The commission did not provide the number of Egyptian registered voters living overseas .

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson speaks to media during a visit to a Battle of Britain bunker in Uxbridge on 16 March 2018.

Mr Lavrov also gave a dismissive response to Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson's call for Russian Federation to "go away and shut up".

Russian President Vladimir Putin today urged Russians to vote on Sunday.

The source of the nerve agent used - which Britain says is Soviet-made Novichok - is unclear.

Turkish forces 'surround' Syrian Kurdish city
On March 12, the Turkish government spokesperson Bekir Bozdağ said the armed forces had gained control of more than half the area. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that an estimated 350,000 people live in Afrin and the surrounding areas.