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Putin to choose measures against London corresponding to Russia's interests

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Without an alternative explanation from Russian authorities about the nerve agent, Mr Allen said, Britain had "no choice but to conclude this was a state-sponsored act against the prohibition and use of chemical weapons and in defiance of global law". She said that 23 Russian diplomats would be expelled from the country within one week and that British officials would be absent from the FIFA World Cup finals. "They may be alive, maybe not, maybe nothing happened at all".

"We think it overwhelmingly likely that it was his decision to direct the use of a nerve agent on the streets of the United Kingdom, on the streets of Europe, for the first time since the Second World War", he said.

Far from the Democrats' and Leftmedia's incessant narrative that President Donald Trump is in bed with Moscow, on Thursday the Trump administration targeted Russian Federation for sanctions and promised more to come. "I do think we could all stand to benefit from having a Sherlock Holmes with us today".

Trump spoke to reporters after his administration announced new sanctions on Russian entities for meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

Former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia remain in critical condition in hospital after being found unconscious on a bench in the English city of Salisbury on March 4.

"While the emotional effect from taking over Crimea is over ... it has continued to serve as a basis for uniting most Russians", said Andrei Kolesnikov, an analyst with the Carnegie Moscow Center.

France, which on Wednesday had said it wanted proof of Russian involvement before deciding whether to take action against Russia, appeared to change its position on Thursday, saying it agreed with the assessment of its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Britain.

The intervention by the White House follows angry exchanges between British and Russian representatives at an emergency meeting of the United Nations security Council and the UK's decision to expel 23 Russian diplomats.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

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Moscow denies any involvement and the RIA report quoted Lavrov as saying Britain's accusation was irresponsible.

He argued that "boorish and unfounded" accusations against Russian Federation "reflect the hopeless situation the British government has found itself in when it can't meet the obligations given to the public in connection with exit from the European Union".

"Moscow does not accept unfounded accusations that are not based on evidence and a language of ultimatums", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

In a sign of just how tense relations have become, British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: "Russia should go away, it should shut up".

British Prime Minister Theresa May and key foreign allies have blamed Russian Federation for the poison attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English town of Salisbury.

Alexander Yakovenko told the Russian agency the information was "not enough" for Russia.

May announced the sanctions against Russian Federation in the House of Commons after Moscow ignored a deadline to explain its links to the attack on the Skripals.

He said there would have been no benefit for Russian Federation in the attack before its hosting of football's World Cup and its own presidential election.

In London, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson defended the government's response and suggested the authorities might also go after assets held in Britain by Russians close to Putin, though he gave no specific details. "The credibility of this council will not survive if we fail to hold Russian Federation accountable".

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