Novichokolate from Putin? Graffiti irony near Russian embassy tackles nerve attack

Mi G-31 fighter jet of the Russian air force carrying the new Kinzhal hypersonic missile prepares to take off from an air base in southern

Britain, the United States, Germany and France have jointly called on Russian Federation to explain the military-grade nerve toxin attack, which they said threatened Western security.

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Friday it was "overwhelmingly likely" that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally gave the order to use a nerve agent to attack a former double spy in what's the most direct accusation yet against Russia's leader.

"Dine at the Russian Embassy", read the white graffiti stenciled onto the pavement near the Russian embassy in London.

May had been demanding that Moscow explain how a nerve agent developed during the Soviet Union era was used to make the pair ill before her government announced it would expel 23 Russian diplomats and sever high-level bilateral contacts with Moscow.

In 2006, green tea laced with radioactive polonium-210 was used to murder ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, a critic of the Kremlin, in London.

"The message is clear: We will find you, we will catch you, we will kill you - and though we will deny it with lip-curling scorn, the world will know beyond doubt that Russian Federation did it".

Alexander Shulgin, Russia's envoy at the Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, has said in televised remarks that the nerve agent used to poison former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter on March 4 may have come from British or US stockpiles.

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Lavrov on Friday accused Britain of violating worldwide law and criticized Britain's defense minister for what he called "uneducated" comments about Russian Federation. The British diplomats have a week to leave.

Detectives said that there was nothing to suggest a link between Mr Glushkov's death and that of Mr Skripal and there was no suggestion that he was poisoned.

Russia's envoy at the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog says Britain and the USA both have access to the nerve agent used in the poisoning of the ex-spy in Britain.

President Vladimir Putin, a former KGB spy who is poised to win a fourth term in an election on Sunday, has so far only said publicly that Britain should get to the bottom of what has happened.

Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were found unconscious on a park bench and rushed to the hospital, where they remain in critical condition.

May told Turnbull that she visited Salisbury on Thursday and that the act "represented an unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the U.K".

The Trump administration announced Friday in an unrelated matter that the USA was imposing sanctions on Russian entities and individuals, including Russian spy agencies, for meddling in the 2016 presidential election and waging cyberattacks against the U.S. The number of Americans on the sanctioned people list will be raised to match that USA tally.

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