Contents tagged with Britain

  • Attempt on Skripal threatens Gazprom’s business in the UK

    The attempt on the life of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in the British town of Salisbury threatens Gazprom’s business in the UK, the Russian edition of DW writes.

    The publication notes that Britain is Russia’s fourth largest gas export market. Moscow has considered the country one of the most promising and important for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.

    British Prime Minister Theresa May, speaking on March 14 in Parliament in response to the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter, also …

  • Russian Foreign Minister claims that Special Forces of the US, Britain, France and other countries are working in Syria

    In an interview with the telecommunications company of the President Kazakhstan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that Special Forces units from the United States, Britain, France and other countries are operating on Syrian territory.  “There are Special Forces on the ground in Syria from the US – they no longer deny it – the UK, France and a number of other countries. Thus, it’s not so much of a ‘proxy war,’ but rather a direct involvement in the war," the Minister said. …

  • Russia expels 23 British diplomats over Skripal’s poisoning

    On Saturday, March 17th, the British Ambassador in Moscow, Laurie Bristow was informed of Russia’s response to the expulsion of diplomatic personnel of the Russian Embassy in London. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website announced that 23 staff members of the British Embassy in Moscow should leave the country within one week.

    Russia also withdrew its consent to open the Consulate General of Great Britain in Saint-Petersburg and decided to stop activities of the British Council, the …

  • British foreign secretary refuses to shake hands with Russian ambassador after Skripal poisoning

    During his recent meeting with Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson refused to shake hands with him in compliance with the "British protocol," RIA Novosti reports.

    "There is certain British protocol for the cases when an ambassador is summoned to the Foreign Office. He [Johnson] sure showed in every way his concern about the Russian policy. He had to tell me unpleasant things and thus believed that the ambassador did not …

  • Germany: Assassination attempt on Skripal should be investigated in UN

    The former German Foreign Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, who had just left his post, proposed for an investigation into the circumstances of the assassination attempt on Sergei Skripal, to be conducted by an international group of experts, as he indicated on Thursday, March 15th, at an official ceremony of the German-Russian Forum, dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the creation of this non-governmental organization.

    According to the former Foreign Minister of Germany, international experts …

  • NATO Secretary-General puts poisoning of ex-spy in Britain on par with Russian aggression in Ukraine

    North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has sharply condemned the use of nerve gas in the United Kingdom against former GRU employee Sergei Skripal and his daughter, reports Voice of America.

    Speaking at the launch of NATO’s Annual Report for 2017, Stoltenberg called the poisoning of Skripal "the first offensive use of a nerve agent on Alliance territory since NATO’s foundation."

    He described the attack as part of "a reckless pattern of Russian behavior …

  • Russia: Britain could have obtained Novichok poison that was used on Skripal from the US

    Alexei Chepa, Deputy State Duma Committee for International Affairs, said that Britain could have received the toxic substance Novichok, which was used to poison the former spy Skripal and his daughter, from the United States, reported the Russian agency Interfax.

    “In the early 90s, specialized American companies utilized a company in Nukus (Uzbekistan), where this chemical weapon was developed (Novichok - Ed.). The Americans had access not only to the technology, but also had access to the …

  • After Skripal's poisoning Merkel urges the West not to break off contacts with Russia

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was sworn in for her fourth term, supported negotiations with Russia, despite the Skripal case.

    "We take the findings of the British government very seriously (regarding the poisoning of Sergei Skripal by the nerve agent, Novichok, developed by the Russian Federation - Ed.). We will still be presenting a common European stance on this issue. However, I think we cannot break off all contacts at this time," the politician said.

    According to Merkel, it is …

  • Kremlin receives the list of diplomats to be expelled from Britain

    The list of diplomats who must leave the UK has been sent to Russia, as stated by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, TASS reports.

    “These Russian diplomats that are there are representatives of the military attaché. These people must leave the territory of Great Britain within seven days,” Zakharova said.

    Earlier on March 14, the head of the British government, Theresa May, announced the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats from Great Britain, saying …

  • Putin’s critic found dead in London

    Nikolai Glushkov, a Russian businessman, former deputy director of Aeroflot, and a staunch critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government was found dead in his London home on March 12. London police have classified his death as unexplained.

    Although his name is not mentioned in the police department’s statement, the BBC confirms that he is indeed the person discovered dead. Glushkov was a former associate of Boris Berezovsky, another steadfast critic of Putin who had also died in …