Russia summons British ambassador

Friends of Nikolai Glushkov claim that he may not have died of natural causes

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday Moscow had already decided on retaliatory measures, which she said Britain would be informed of in the near future.

The US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, accused Russia of a "crime" worthy of action by the UN Security Council, as she backed Britain's attempts to punish Moscow for the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Salisbury.

Specialist officers in protective suits secure the police forensic tent that had been blown over by the wind and is covering the bench where Sergei Skripal was found critically ill, March 7, 2018.

The expulsion came after May Wednesday ordered out the largest number of Russian diplomats from London in 30 years and broke off all high-level contacts.

"Therefore, we can assume that the source of the substance used [against Skripal] in Salisbury is concealed in one of the countries where this research continued and achieved certain success", the Russian envoy said.

"If the latter, a connection to Russian mafia-like groups that have been allowed to gain a toehold in Britain can not be excluded", he said.

Following the meeting, Mr Bristow said the United Kingdom had no quarrel with the Russian people and would "always do what is necessary to defend ourselves".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose response to the attack has led to criticism from some on his backbenches, said "the evidence points towards Russia" being responsible - but the possibility of gangsters being behind the attack rather than the Kremlin could not be excluded.

"The reaction of Russia does not change the essence of the matter - that there is no alternative conclusion, except that the Russian state is involved in the attempted murder of two persons on British soil".

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The UK government was backed this week by allies France, Germany and the United States in its assessment that there was "no plausible alternative explanation" than that Russian Federation was responsible for the nerve agent attack.

In an urgent meeting called by the UK Ms Haley told the Security Council the U.S. believes "Russia is responsible for the attack on two people in the United Kingdom using a military-grade nerve agent".

The modus operandi of the attack was similar to the polonium poisoning of another former Russian spy, Alexander Litvinenko, in London in 2006, an attack that is likely to have been approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin according to a United Kingdom inquiry.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, speaking to CNN, slammed that remark.

Britain's western allies have this week united behind the UK government.

On Friday, police said they were treating the March 12 death of exiled businessman Nikolai Glushkov as murder after a post-mortem found he died from "compression to the neck".

Another theory is that is was hidden in a gift that was opened in the home of the former double agent, Sergei Skripal, in the quiet, genteel cathedral city of Salisbury.

"SHOCKING AND UNFORGIVABLE " In a sign of just how tense the relationship has become, British and Russian ministers used openly insulting language while the Russian ambassador said Britain was trying to divert attention from the difficulties it was having managing its exit from the European Union.

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