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London responds to Moscow

The Government of May decrees the suspension of diplomatic contacts at the highest level

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London responds to Moscow

The chemical weapons attack on Russian ex-spy Sergey Skripal has triggered a serious diplomatic crisis between United Kingdom and Russia. In action, which occurred in Salisbury, victim's daughter and 21 or people were also poisoned.

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The attack occurred 11 days ago and British government, prudently, n preferred not to make any hasty attribution. He waited for identification of toxic agent who left Skripal prostrate in a hospital and in critical condition. Identified nerve gas as Novichok, developed by Soviet Union and, in ory, subsequently destroyed, London asked Russia for explanations, obtaining only threats and denials without credibility.

The London reaction has been overwhelming and has an important political draught. He has considered attack as "an illegal use of force by Russian State against United Kingdom." I mean, a direct attack. The Theresa May government has also announced a battery of reprisals, notably expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats from British soil. This is biggest expulsion of Russian representatives since fall of Soviet Union. In addition, May has decreed suspension of diplomatic contacts at highest level as well as cancellation of visit of Sergei Lavrov, Russian foreign minister.

Russia, which is celebrating presidential elections next Sunday, has limited itself to repeating previously used plea argument, for example, following assassination of ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko in 2006: The United Kingdom must present evidence. But instead of collaborating in research, Russia executes an aggressive verbal defense. With success, May has pointed to two scenarios. Eir Russian government is directly responsible for attack, or it has lost control of an illegal chemical arsenal. Whatever it was, y would both point to responsibility of Moscow.

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