Russian Federation to ban British diplomats as crisis over nerve toxin attack thickens

Sergei Skripal 66 and his daughter Yulia 33

The question facing London, however, is whether she really spoke for her country.

Evgenny Primakov Jr, who has spoken on Putin's behalf in the lead up to Russia's election on Sunday, said: "Frankly, in Moscow we are in shock".

The Foreign Secretary was speaking during a visit to the Battle of Britain Bunker museum in his Uxbridge constituency with his Polish counterpart Jacek Czaputowicz, who said: "We are sure that it is the Russian state which is involved in this attempt". Those gut responses were so hasty they earned a rebuke from Theresa May.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is among those who have linked the Skirpal case to that of Litvinenko, a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Statement comes as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meets to discuss the crisis.

The source of the nerve agent used - which Britain says is Soviet-made Novichok - is unclear.

It also follows several days worth of diplomacy by May following an initial reluctance from the French and USA government's to publicly attribute the incident to Russian Federation.

Downing Street says Turnbull "expressed his complete solidarity with the United Kingdom and its response to the attack".

She added that Russian Federation planned to retaliate soon, saying they would "introduce reciprocal steps, without doubt".

"The Russians complained recently that we criticize them too much", she said.

Theresa May has "outsmarted" Vladimir Putin with her response to the attempted murder of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Britain last week, a Russia expert has told Business Insider.

"The countermeasures announced by the Prime Minister are not exclusively about the attack in Salisbury".

His tweets on Wednesday were about the business climate, infrastructure and worldwide trade relations.

We have signed the protocol and we should be giving the Russians the opportunity over a seven to ten day period of being able to do their own analysis, look at the facts and should be investigating this jointly. "There is no doubt he will choose the option that corresponds the most with the Russian national interests".

"They have very little to do with each other".

Laying the blame firmly at Russia's door and highlighting Moscow's support of the Assad regime in Syria following that government's use of chemical weapons against civilians, Haley told fellow diplomats the world had reached "a defining moment".

"We demand material proof of the alleged Russian nerve agent traces from this event".

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday the alliance did not want a return to Cold War hostilities with Russian Federation while expressing support for Britain's stance. Britain blamed Russian Federation for the attack. Burns asked in a tweet.

Ksenia Sobchak, a 36-year-old TV host who has campaigned on a liberal platform and criticized Putin's policies, announced the creation of a new political party late Thursday. "Act like a leader of the West?"

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

Sobchak broke down in tears at Russia's televised presidential debate Wednesday night, where she was the only candidate to criticize Putin and was frequently interrupted by others. He was sacked hours later, but the real reasons for the dismissal and its timing remain unclear.

President Donald Trump said he would accept the UK's conclusions.

"I think in relation to the House authorities, as you will be aware, that would not be a matter for me but the House authorities".