Israel condemns United Kingdom nerve agent attack, without mentioning Russian Federation

Salisbury incident

Salisbury incident

U.S. President Donald Trump said it looked like the Russians were behind it.

In a rare joint statement, the leaders of Britain, France, Germany and the U.S. on Thursday condemned the attack on Skripal and his daughter Yulia as an "assault on United Kingdom sovereignty".

Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were found slumped unconscious on a bench outside a shopping centre in the genteel southern English city of Salisbury on March 4.

Today, Mr Lavrov said Moscow would "stop paying attention" to Britain over the crisis.

"The temperature of Russian-British relations drops to minus 23 but we are not afraid of the cold weather", Russia's embassy in London said beside the picture of a thermometer surrounded by ice and reading minus 23 degrees Celsius.

May has blamed Moscow for the attack and on Wednesday announced the expulsion of 23 diplomats and the suspension of some high-level contacts.

Russian Federation denies being the source of the nerve agent that poisoned the Skripals.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies on Wednesday put out a joint statement condemning the attack, and Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said it must have "consequences".

"That is why we are at odds with Russian Federation".

The Russian foreign minister on Thursday said Moscow would respond by expelling British diplomats "soon".

The measures target five entities and 19 individuals - including the FSB, Russia's top spy service; the military intelligence agency, or GRU; and 13 people recently indicted by Robert Mueller, the United States special counsel handling a sprawling Russia probe.

Kremlin spokesman Peskov said the decision about how to retaliate would come from Putin, "and there is no doubt that he will choose the option that best reflects Russian interests".

He also criticised Gavin Williamson after the Defence Secretary said on Thursday that Russian Federation should "go away and shut up".

The four nations say they "abhor the attack". They have been in a critical condition in hospital ever since.

Skripal was earlier convicted in Russia of spying for Great Britain and exchanged for Russian intelligence officers.

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