>> A show of solidarity between the UK, France, Germany, and the United States on Thursday, blaming Moscow for the poisoning of a former Russian double agent on British soil. The four allies released a statement saying there is no other plausible explanation for the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia earlier this month.
The UK retaliated Wednesday, expelling 23 Russian diplomats. On Thursday it was waiting for the Russian response, something Moscow said would come soon.>>
> In relation to the unfriendly measures that Britain has announced it will take towards the Russian Federation, retaliatory measures are to be expected. They are now being worked on and will be taken in the nearest future.
>> The Skripals remain in a critical condition after being found unconscious on a bench in the quiet English city of Salisbury. The British government identified the toxin used as Novichok, a nerve agent developed by the Russian military in the 1970s and 80s, and subsequently pointed the finger of blame at Moscow.
>> They have treated the use of a millitary grade nerve agent in Europe with sarcasm, contempt, and defiance.>> May said the Brittish response was the single biggest expulsion of diplomats in over 30 years. But despite an expression of outrage from Moscow, analysts say the British move is unlikely to trouble the Kremlin, meaning Moscow's retaliation may be relatively muted.
Moscow has denied any responsibility for the attack and called British accusations insane.>>