Who Poisoned Ex-Russian Spy Sergei Skripal? The Kremlin Has Many Theories

Trump weighing on recommendation to expel Russian diplomats

Trump weighing on recommendation to expel Russian diplomats

European Union member states agreed at a summit in Brussels to take further punitive steps against Russian Federation in the coming days for the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, as Moscow accused the bloc of joining a London-driven hate campaign against it.

Britain's military research facility at Porton Down said it could not have been the source of the nerve agent that poisoned Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the city of Salisbury this month, the BBC reported on Friday.

Twenty-three Russian diplomats left Britain Wednesday in the single biggest expulsion of foreign diplomats from the United Kingdom since the 1970s after Russia refused to provide any explanation for their stockpile of Novichok, which Britain says Moscow used in the attempted March 4 murders.

Friday saw European leaders issue a tough joint statement pinning the blame for the poisoning in Salisbury on Russian Federation. It demands a reaction. He went on to add that Moscow was "highly likely" to be responsible for the attack - an opinion which is shared by the majority of European Union leaders.

A British judge said on Thursday that both victims may have suffered brain damage from the attack.

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey was discharged from hospital on Thursday after several weeks of treatment.

"Additional steps are expected as early as Monday at the national level", summit chair Donald Tusk told reporters.

"In solidarity with the United Kingdom and other European Union countries, Latvia is now discussing with them how to coordinate a proper response to Russian activity regarding the chemical attack on Sergei Skripal", ministry spokesman Gints Jegermanis told AFP.

The Court of Protection said it was unclear whether they will recover, and if they do their mental capacity could be affected to an unknown degree. "The current times are harder than the Cold War", Borissov said, making clear his discomfort with further measures.

The Kremlin has angrily rejected Britain's claims and Russian officials have offered numerous alternative explanations, including that London directed the attack itself or that Washington may have been involved.

On Friday, the Russian foreign ministry described the EU accusation as "baseless" and accused the bloc of spurning cooperation with Moscow and joining "another anti-Russian campaign deployed by London and its allies overseas with an obvious goal: to put another obstacle on the path to the normalisation of the situation on the European continent".

On Friday afternoon British diplomats left the Moscow mission in several minibuses as remaining diplomatic staff sent them off with a round of applause, Russian television showed.

"I welcomed 48 colleagues/families plus 4 dogs". "You will see", he said. Some of them had questioned how definitive Britain's evidence is.

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