Russian Federation to retaliate 'soon' against United Kingdom with its own diplomat expulsions

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In a rare joint statement, the four countries condemned the "first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War" and called on Russia to address all questions related to the attack on former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury on March 4.

This move comes in response to theUK's decision to expel 23 Russian diplomats earlier this week after Prime Minister Theresa May told Parliament the government believed Skripal's poisoning was state-sponsored by Russia. They remain in critical condition.

But the war of words between the United Kingdom and Russian Federation now has some fearing World War 3 could break out at any moment in a return to the Cold War era.

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Russian Federation said it is expelling the same number of British diplomats and closing the British consulate general in St. Petersburg. Britain says the poison used was Novichok, a class of nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union toward the end of the Cold War.

"This crisis has arisen as a result of an appalling attack in the United Kingdom, the attempted murder of two people, using a chemical weapon developed in Russia and not declared by Russia at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, as Russia was and is obliged to do under the Chemical Weapons Convention".

On Wednesday the U.K. requested an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council; a move criticized by Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia.

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"The United Kingdom thoroughly briefed its allies that it was highly likely that Russian Federation was responsible for the attack".

Lavrov also said the UK's approach to the matter was partly prompted by the government's problems over Brexit.

British ambassador Laurie Bristow was informed of the retaliation at the Russian Foreign Ministry on Saturday, after which he said the use of the nerve agent in Britain was an attack on worldwide values.

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