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Russia: UK playing with fire over ex-spy case

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The UK is "playing with fire" over its charges that Moscow used a nerve agent to poison a former Russian spy on British soil, Russia's UN envoy said.

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You are playing with fire, and you will be sorry," Vassily Nebenzia told the Security Council, claiming the UK is "poisoning" Russia's relations with other countries.

London accuses Moscow of orchestrating the March 4 chemical attack on a former Russian spy in the English city of Salisbury, a claim Moscow has denied. Key to the British case is the alleged use of a Soviet-era nerve agent made by Russia called Novichok.

In retaliation, the UK expelled 23 Russian diplomats following the attack. And 26 western countries expelled 140 Russians in an orchestrated reaction in late March in the biggest ever single mass expulsion across the world.

Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were admitted to a hospital after being found unconscious in Salisbury.

Skripal was granted refuge in the UK following a 2010 spy exchange between the U.S. and Russia. Before the exchange, he was serving 13 years in prison for leaking information to British intelligence.


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