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Johnson: 'Overwhelmingly likely' Putin ordered nerve agent attack

UK PM Theresa May in Salisbury on Friday

The crisis over the attempted murder of ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia who are both said to be in critical condition at a hospital in London is set to deepen.

She added that any boycott of the soccer World Cup, which Russian Federation would host in June and July, was not an immediate priority.

"Of course we will", Lavrov told journalists when asked whether Moscow will respond in kind to the expulsion of Russian diplomats announced by British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Alexander Yakovenko has said in televised remarks that Britain has ignored Russian requests to share the sample of the nerve agent that poisoned former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, and refused to share any information about the investigation.

Calling British accusations "completely irresponsible", Nebenzia pointedly asked why the United Kingdom.

Britain is expelling 23 Russian diplomats and taking other steps against Russian interests as the two nations' relations plummet. Peskov reiterated Russian denials of involvement in the attack on the Skripals.

British Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, sparked particular outrage in Moscow with his blunt comment on Thursday that "Russia should go away, it should shut up". "It's often described as a cool war that we are entering - I would say it is feeling exceptionally chilly at the moment".

Britain, the U.S., Germany and France jointly called on Russian Federation on Thursday to explain the attack.

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May told lawmakers on Wednesday that Russia's sarcasm, contempt and defiance in the face of allegations that it was behind the use of a military-grade nerve agent in the sleepy city of Salisbury added to the evidence that it was to blame.

Russia's Defence Ministry said he was an "intellectual impotent" and Lavrov said he probably lacked education.

Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, former commander of the British Army's chemical and biological weapons regiment, called the claim that US or British agents could have developed Novichok "complete hogwash".

Shulgin said that Russian Federation expects Britain to provide samples of the nerve agent in line with OPCW rules.

Vil Mirzayanov, who now lives in New Jersey, is quoted in Novaya Gazeta as saying it's unlikely the nerve agent came from another former Soviet country as Russians have suggested.

Britain has written to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague, which monitors compliance with the global convention outlawing the use of such weapons, to obtain independent verification of the substance used.

Former military intelligence agent Sergei Skripal had been pardoned and was "no longer a threat to Russia", Nebenzia argued, but at the same time, he could clearly serve as "the ideal victim who could justify any unthinkable lie, any kind of untruth tarnishing Russia". Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said in the Guardian that it's possible that "Russian mafia-like groups", rather than the Russian state, were responsible.

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