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Russia pledges maximum pressure on UK amid ex-spy poisoning row

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Russian top diplomat in the UK has envisaged on Friday, March 16, that the Kremlin would use maximum pressure on London as Moscow insists it has not been involved in the poisoning of a former Russian-British double agent with a Russian-made chemical weapon, as has been found by British investigators.

Canadian-British news agency Reuters reports that Russian Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko has said, according to the Russian Interfax news agency, that London’s expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats over the poisoning amounted to a 40 percent staff cut and would seriously affect the work of the embassy.

In an interview with the Rossiya 24 TV channel, Yakovenko also accused Britain of cranking up its aggression against Moscow in order to distract the British public from the difficulties it was having managing the country’s 2019 exit from the European Union.

Russia has denied involvement in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, the former double agent, and his daughter Yulia, in southern England on March 4 and has confirm it would expel British diplomats from Russia.

In another development, the UK, the U.S., Germany and France have this week jointly urged Russia to explain the military-grade nerve chemical attack seen by the governments as a threat on Western security.

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