The confrontation between Russia and Britain over the poisoning of a spy and his daughter in England took on a rather unusual turn at the UNSC, with references to Sherlock and Alice and Wonderland bandied about.
Russia will shut down the US consulate in St Petersburg and expel the same number of envoys the US and other countries expelled, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says.
Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were left critically ill in a nerve agent attack three weeks ago that most probably took place at the front door of their home in southwestern England.
The March 4 attack on the Skripals in the English city of Salisbury has provoked a major response that has seen more than 150 Russian diplomats expelled from countries around the world.
Prime Minister Theresa May said it is "highly likely" that Moscow was responsible for the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter. Russia called May's statement a "circus show."
British authorities vow to respond appropriately if foreign state involvement is found to be at play in the suspected murder attempt on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who fell critically ill on March 4.
Sergei Skripal, who passed Russian secrets to Britain, and his daughter Yulia, have been in intensive care since they were found slumped unconscious on a bench last week in Salisbury.
Sergei Skripal, once a colonel in Russia's GRU military intelligence service, and his 33-year-old daughter, Yulia, were found slumped unconscious on a bench outside a shopping centre in the southern English city of Salisbury on Sunday afternoon.
Sergei Skripal, once a colonel in Russia's GRU military intelligence service, was convicted in Russia of treason in 2006 but exchanged as part of a Cold War-style spy swap in 2010.
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