Kremlin slams Britain’s ‘absolutely irresponsible’ position in spy case
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The Kremlin on Thursday termed Britain’s raft of punitive measures against Russia on the alleged nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent “absolutely irresponsible.”
“The position of the British side appears to us absolutely irresponsible,” President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists.
He added that Mr. Putin’s retaliatory steps would soon follow and he will choose the option that “most suits Russia’s interests.”
On Wednesday, Britain said it would expel 23 diplomats and suspend high-level contacts with Russia, with other measures to follow.
The announcement came after British authorities said Russia was “culpable” of the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter with a Soviet-designed nerve agent called Novichok on March 4.
Mr. Peskov reiterated Moscow's position that Britain's accusations were unfounded and that the attack on Mr. Skripal had “all the signs of a provocation.”
“The accusations are not backed up by anything and have been voiced before any information about the used substance could appear,” Mr. Peskov said.