Skripal poisoning was in UK's interests: Lavrov

Skripal poisoning was in UK's interests: Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the poisoning of Sergei Skripal could have been in Britain's interests. Hundreds of diplomats are being expelled from both the West and Russian Federation in the dispute.

Russian diplomats expelled from the United States arrived in Moscow on Sunday, with post-Cold War tensions soaring in the wake of a nerve agent attack on a former spy in Britain.

He also accused the West of playing children's games and being irresponsible: "When we were kids we used to say whoever started it should be the one to finish it".

"It may be beneficial to the British government, which found itself in an uncomfortable situation after not fulfilling promises to its electors over Brexit", he added. The experts are speaking about them.

"There could be a whole number of reasons and none of them can be ruled out", Lavrov said.

The poisoning row has rumbled on for almost a month, with the United Kingdom saying it is adamant Russian Federation was behind it.

Lavrov told a press conference on 2 April that there were "other explanations" over the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy and his daughter in Salisbury last month. Russian Federation said their deeper cut is so the two nations have parity in representation. Britain and two dozen of its allies have expelled over 150 Russian diplomats.

On Monday Mr Lavrov said it was wrong to target diplomats who "by definition meant to support relations, resolve complicated situations and find way out of difficulties".

Business Insider also confirmed the reports with the State Department, noting "that the White House's diplomatic expulsion will not require Russian Federation to reduce its staffing levels in the U.S., and vice versa". "And this principle will be applied consistently", he said.

Britain has acknowledged that border officials searched an incoming Aeroflot flight from Moscow on Friday in what Russian Federation blasted as an act of "blatant provocation". The embassy warned that British authorities including police could single out Russians for additional checks, citing "the anti-Russian policies and an escalation of the British side's threatening rhetoric".

Both the United States official and Ushakov said that planning for the meeting had not yet begun.

US President Donald Trump has often appeared reluctant to criticise Russian leader Vladimir Putin and has said the two could meet for a summit in the near future.

What condition are the victims in?

Russia had already kicked out 23 British envoys and closed a British consulate in response to the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats by Britain, which accuses Moscow of poisoning former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury on March 4. British intelligence agencies could have been involved and the case helped distract public attention from the British government's hard talks to exit the European Union, Lavrov said.

The Russian Embassy in London "insists on the right to see" Ms Skripal, who is a Russian citizen.

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