Putin says suspects in Novichok poisoning are ‘civilians’

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that the two Russians named by Britain as suspects in the spy poisoning case do not work for the military and that there is “nothing criminal” about them. Britain last week charged two alleged agents of Russia’s military intelligence agency in absentia with the nerve agent […]

New Russia sanctions over poisoning of former spy, daughter

WASHINGTON (AP) — New sanctions against Russia will be imposed later this month for illegally using a chemical weapon in an attempted assassination of a former spy and his daughter in Britain earlier this year, the United States said. The penalties come despite President Donald Trump’s efforts to improve relations with Russia and its leader, […]

Russia calls diplomat expulsions a ‘mockery’ of the law

 MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s top diplomat on Thursday described the British accusations against Moscow over the nerve agent poisoning of an ex-spy as a mockery of international law and said Russia will push to find out the truth. Britain has blamed Russia for the March 4 poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter. In response, […]

UK minister directly blames Putin for poisoning

 LONDON and MOSCOW (AP) — British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says it’s “overwhelmingly likely” Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the use of a nerve agent against a former spy in the English city of Salisbury. Prime Minister Theresa May has said it’s “highly likely” the Kremlin is responsible for the attack on Sergei Skripal and his […]