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Russia: UK 'will be sorry' over spy poisoning row

Russia: UK 'will be sorry' over spy poisoning row
From Al Jazeera - April 5, 2018

Russia has warned Britain that it is "playing with fire" by blaming Moscow for poisoning a former Russian spy and his daughter, as a war of words between the two countries escalates.

Vassily Nebenzia,Russia's ambassador to the UN, sounded the warning on Thursday at a UN Security Council meeting in New York, called by Russia to discuss the diplomatic fallout from the poisoning of the former double agent, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter Yulia.

Diplomatic tensions between the two countries have been on the rise after what the UK and its allies alleged was a nerve-agent attack by Russia on Sergei and Yulia Skripal in the southern English city of Salisbury last month.

"I do not even know what to say, it's some sort of theatre of the absurd, could not you come up with a better fake story? Nebenziatold the Security Council.

"We have told our British colleagues that 'you are playing with fire and you will be sorry'."

British statements

Earlier Karen Pierce, UK's ambassador to the UN, told the Security Council that Britain's actions "stand up to any scrutiny" and pledged to keep the 15-member body updated on the inquiry.

"All we have done has been consistent with the chemical weapons convention," she said.

Pierce added: "We have nothing to hide ... but I do fear that Russia might have something to fear."

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