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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Friday that Moscow would expand its own "black list" of Americans, adding that additional measures have not yet been ruled out.

"They're either saving the response for closer to the big day or want to minimize negative news until after the election", he said.

Britain believes the Russian state is behind the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury. There has been much talk in Moscow of imminent and decisive retaliation, but so far nothing of substance has taken place.

"To be honest, we have never seen such a manner of behavior on the worldwide arena, when accusations are being made against a country, our country, in this case, very serious allegations, formulated through the use of "evidently, ' 'highly likely" and so on", the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Palmer says Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has vowed Russia will soon expel British diplomats in a tit-for-tat retaliation for Britain's expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats - all identified as "undeclared" intelligence agents - who have been told to leave the United Kingdom within a week.

Russian Federation instead has focused its efforts on a campaign of denial and counterclaim in which officials at times have contradicted each other. The pair had come into contact with a nerve agent that experts have reportedly ruled "beyond a reasonable doubt" came from Russian Federation. Most statements have fallen somewhere in between the two extremes.

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Moscow is also considering its response to the United States after Donald Trump's administration imposed sanctions on Russians allegedly involved in interfering with the 2016 U.S. elections and cyber-attacks. "There is to be no Russophobia as a result of what is happening", he said.

As it was reported earlier, leaders of Great Britain, France, Germany and US claimed that poisoning of the former GRU officer Skripal and his daughter endanger their safety.

Russia's investigative committee said it had opened a criminal case investigation into the "attempted murder" of Skripal and "the murder" of Nikolai Glushkov, a Russian exile who was found dead in his home in London on Monday. Several areas in the town are also still cordoned off as police continue their investigation. He suggested that the possibility that the Russians had lost control of the unsafe nerve agent - which May floated Monday but has since discounted - could not be excluded.

In London, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn struck a starkly different tone to that of the British government by warning against rushing into a new cold war before full evidence of Moscow's culpability was proven.

An 83-year-old whistleblower who helped develop Novichok said in an interview published Friday that he thinks the Skripals have little chance of surviving, and that only a few countries in the world have laboratories powerful enough to develop the nerve agent.

They said the minister was behaving like a "market wench" in response to his comments from yesterday. It is in the U.K.'s interests in terms of security, support and goodwill, if firm and resolute action - that is the need of the hour - is thoroughly backed by reason and evidence.


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