Monthly Archive: March 2018

Russia Expels 23 British Diplomats In A Tit-For-Tat Move, Must Leave Within A Week

Moscow, Russia : Russia expelled 23 British diplomats on Saturday in a retaliatory move over British accusations that the Kremlin orchestrated a nerve toxin attack on a former Russian double agent and his daughter in southern England.

Escalating a crisis in relations, Russia said it was also shutting down the activities of the British Council, which fosters cultural links between the two countries, and withdrawing agreement for Britain to operate a consulate-general in St. Petersburg.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said it was giving the 23 British diplomats one week to leave the country.

The move followed Britain’s decision on Thursday to expel 23 Russian diplomats over the attack in the English city of Salisbury which left former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia Skripal, 33, critically ill in hospital.

The ministry said Moscow’s measures were a response to what it called Britain’s "provocative actions and groundless accusations". It had warned London it stood ready to take further measures in the event of more "unfriendly steps".

Relations between London and Moscow have crashed to a post-Cold War low over the attack, the first known offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since World War Two.

The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the British ambassador, Laurie Bristow, to a meeting on Saturday morning in central Moscow at its Stalin-era headquarters during which he was informed of the measures.

Bristow told reporters afterwards that the crisis had arisen after "the attempted murder of two people using a chemical weapon developed in Russia". Britain had only expelled the Russian diplomats after Moscow had failed to explain how the nerve toxin had got to Britain, he said.

"We will always do what is necessary to defend ourselves," the ambassador told reporters.

War Of Words

Russia has complained that Britain has failed to provide any evidence of its involvement in the Salisbury attack and has said it is shocked and bemused by the allegations.

Source: NDTV

Murder accused, sub-inspector injured in encounter in UP

Mathura, Mar 17 (PTI) A man, involved in the murder of a Uttar Pradesh minister’s relative, and a sub-inspector were injured in an encounter near Akbarpur here early today, police said.

Radha Charan, who hails from Gohari village here and at present lives in Haryana’s Palwal, was avoiding arrest in connection with the murder case, SP City Aditya Kumar Shukla said.

He is allegedly involved in the killing of former village head of Gohari Sarman Chaudhary, a relative of Minister for Minorities Welfare, Culture and Haj Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary. The former village head was shot dead on January 14.

Acting on a tip-off, a SWAT team tried to nab Charan near Akbarpur, but fired at the police, resulting in injury toSub Inspector Rohit Kumar, Shukla said.

Charan got injured in a retaliatory firing by police, he said.

Both the injured police officer and the accused have been hospitalised, the SP said.

One motorcycle, one pistol and cartridges were recovered from the possession of accused, he said.

The police have so far arrested six accused in this case and only Charan’s son Dharmveer is still absconding, the SP added