“It’s not a cold war anymore, it’s an ice war, they even want to boycott the World Cup,” said the Serbian minister.
The US and the UK are standing behind the provocation in in the British city of Salisbury and the very numbers of diplomats expelled from Western countries leave no doubts about it, the Russian Foreign Ministry's official spokesperson Maria Zakharova said on Monday speaking live on Rossiya-1 channel.
She noted the Russian Foreign Ministry's had been prepared to tackle this turn of events.
"Were it not for these figures today, one could continue guessing about the causes of this devilish performance staged by the UK or about the real beneficiary of the whole situation set up on the territory of the UK the powerful forces domiciled in the US and Britain," Zakharova said.
She said Russia had braced itself in advance for the British allies' actions.
"Quite naturally we realized after the EU summit what was in the offing and quite naturally we braced ourselves for it," Zakharova said.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has asked the Embassies of the United States and the United Kingdom to provide information from Britain’s "handout" on the poisoning case of former Russian military intelligence Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, Zakharova said on Tuesday.
"After this interview (granted by US Ambassador Jon Huntsman to TASS and Kommersant daily), I am asking the US and UK Embassies in Moscow to forward this information to the Russian Foreign Ministry, which they send to each other as ‘evidence to build this case.’ However, they have not handed it over to Russia nor have they made it public," Zakharova wrote on Facebook. "What is this ‘handout corralling the information’ on the incident is all about, which proves the state’s involvement in such a terrible crime?"
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