Israel Condemns Poisoning of Russian Spy, Without Mentioning Russia

Israel Condemns Poisoning of Russian Spy, Without Mentioning Russia

The expulsion of "undeclared intelligence officers" based in London would "dismantle the Russian espionage network in the United Kingdom", she added.

The condemnation came hours after the United States, Britain, France and Germany jointly condemned the poisoning, naming Russian Federation as the culprit - unlike the Israeli statement, which did not mention Russian Federation or any other country as being behind the incident.

The joint statement from the leaders of France, Germany, the United States and Britain signaled a further ratcheting of global pressure on Russian Federation that has been mounting since former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were found comatose on March 4.

On Saturday, Russia announced that they will be expelling 23 British diplomats from Russia in response to Britain expelling 23 diplomats and for the British accusation of Russia for poisoning former double spy and his daughter, Sergei and Yulia Skirpal.

"We call on Russian Federation to address all questions related to the attack in Salisbury".

Meanwhile, U.K. police have also opened a murder investigation in the death of another Russian exile living in Britain.

Russian officials had previously said that Russia had destroyed the Novichok weapons when it had dismantled its chemical arsenal, which was completed previous year.

Britain's foreign minister increased pressure on Russian Federation over the poisoning case of one of Moscow's ex-spies by claiming it was "overwhelmingly likely" President Vladimir Putin directly ordered the attack.

Russian Federation says it knows nothing about the poisoning and has repeatedly asked Britain to supply a sample of the nerve agent that was used against Skripal.

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US President Donald Trump said: "It certainly looks like the Russians were behind it".

The war of words between Moscow and London over the poisoning of a former Russian spy escalated as Britain's outspoken Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said his government's "quarrel" was with Putin rather than the Russian people.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson tells lawmakers it is too early to say who was responsible but calls Russian Federation "a malign and disruptive force".

Both remain critically ill in hospital.

"The U.K. has explained to its partners in detail that Russian Federation, with a high probability, bears responsibility for this attack", according to the statement.

Later a senior administration official told reporters that Russia's behaviour on the world stage is continuing to trouble the US.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with regional female entrepreneurs ahead of the upcoming International Women's Day during his visit to the Samara bakery and confectionery factory in Samara, Russia March 7, 2018. Putin discussed relations with Britain at a meeting of Russia's Security Council. He said Britain could count on NATO's solidarity, but said there had been no request by London to activate the alliance's mutual defence clause.

Speaking to the AP, he called it unlikely that some of the nerve agent could have gone missing in the years after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.

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