Russian Federation expels 23 British diplomats in latest response to spy poisoning crisis

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The foreign ministry said that if Russian Federation has been stockpiling nerve agents this would amount to a violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, of which Moscow is a signatory.

Speaking to reporters in Moscow afterwards, Mr Bristow said that the crisis had arisen after "the attempted murder of two people using a chemical weapon developed in Russia".

Theresa May has said Porton Down has found the nerve agent used was part of a group developed by Russian Federation.

Today, it said that its actions was a response to Britain's "provocative actions" and "baseless accusations" over the incident in Salisbury.

The order to close the British Council ends almost 60 years of its work in Russian Federation as the UK's global organization for culture and education.

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"We anticipated a response of this kind and we will consider our next steps in the coming days, alongside our allies and partners", May said at a Conservative Party forum in London on Saturday.

In a statement, it said: "Our priority today is looking after our staff in Russian Federation and assisting those that will return to the UK".

Trump, who has often been reluctant to criticize Russian President Vladimir Putin, said it "certainly looks like the Russians were behind it". Meanwhile, Russia's ambassador in London, Alexander Yakovenko, called for "cooler heads".

The British government has dismissed the claims as "nonsense", according to the BBC.

Russian President Vladimir Putin cast his vote on Sunday in a presidential election that is expected to give him a runaway victory, the only possible blemish for the Kremlin being if large numbers of voters do not bother taking part because the result is so predictable.

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Both Mr Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter remain in hospital in critical condition after falling victim to the first known use of a nerve agent in Europe since World War Two.

They were found slumped on a bench in the Wiltshire city on 4 March. But the foreign secretary confirmed there will be a new clause, giving the government powers similar to those the Magnitsky Act gives U.S. authorities, in the sanctions bill when it comes back to the Commons after Easter.

Russian Federation gave the British diplomats one week to leave.

"Russia has stopped production of any chemical agents back in 1992", he told Marr, the day after Moscow expelled 23 British diplomats in a tit-for-tat measure.

The poisoning, which is being investigated as attempted murder by authorities, has plunged Britain and Russian Federation into a political crisis.

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Ms Bishop said Australia supports a thorough investigation into the poisoning of the Skripals.

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