The Russian Foreign Ministry says British special services could have been behind the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain.
Britain has accused Russia of a nerve agent attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter. Russia has fiercely rejected the accusations, calling them baseless.
More than 20 nations have expelled over 130 Russian diplomats this week in a show of solidarity with Britain. Russia denounced the actions as “boorish” and pledged to retaliate.
The Russian Foreign ministry’s claim Wednesday of “possible involvement” of British special services in the poisoning marks Moscow’s bluntest claim yet of alleged British foul play. British officials have previously rejected such Russian claims as nonsense.
Moscow said the British failure to provide evidence suggests the poisoning was a “major political provocation.”
The Kremlin says it will respond soon to the recent expulsions of more than 130 Russian diplomats from Western nations.
Monday’s mass expulsions by the United States, European Union nations and some other countries were a show of solidarity for Britain, which blames Russia for poisoning a former Russian intelligence agent in Britain with a military-grade nerve agent. Moscow vehemently denies responsibility.
Asked if Russia is going to react to the expulsions, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday that Russia’s response will follow an that that it will be “timely and will suit the interests of Russia.” – Washington Post.