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The poisoning of the Skripals earlier in March triggered a major diplomatic crisis between the United Kingdom and Russia [Reuters]

UK charges two Russians over Skripal Novichok nerve agent attack

British prosecutors have charged two Russian men for a nerve agent attack on a former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the city of Salisbury earlier this year.
Dmitry Trapeznikov, interim Head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Peopleís Republic (DPR) gives a press conference on August 31, 2018 in Donetsk, following emergency government meeting after Alexander Zakharchenko, the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR), was killed in a bomb blast.Zakharchenko, the main separatist leader in eastern Ukraine was killed in a bomb blast in the centre of rebel hub Donetsk on August 31, his spokeswoman said, the most prominent rebel victim in the four-year conflict. An AFP journalist at the scene said police had cordoned off the block where the blast occurred. / AFP PHOTO / ALEKSEY FILIPPOV

Kremlin warns Ukraine rebel’s murder could derail peace process

The Kremlin warned on Saturday that the assassination of east Ukraine's main separatist leader was a provocation that would undermine the long-stalled Western-brokered peace deal and fuel tensions in the smouldering conflict.

Russia hit with new US sanctions over nerve agent attack

The United States imposed new sanctions on Russia Monday over the attempted assassination of a former spy in Britain using a lethal nerve agent.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin gestures as he speaks during a joint press conference with US President after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. The US and Russian leaders opened an historic summit in Helsinki, with Donald Trump promising an "extraordinary relationship" and Vladimir Putin saying it was high time to thrash out disputes around the world. / AFP PHOTO / Yuri KADOBNOV

Russia to retaliate US sanctions over nerve agent attack

Russia will decide on retaliatory measures to US sanctions imposed over a nerve agent attack in Britain blamed on Moscow, which it denies, the foreign ministry said on Thursday.
Russia's Alexander Shulgin

Envoy: Russia will resist attempts to expand OPCW powers

Moscow will by any means fight attempts to expand the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) powers by giving it the right to attribute blame for chemical weapons attacks, Russia’s envoy to the organisation, Alexander Shulgin, said.
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Fraudsters scam Nigerians with Russia World Cup passes

Fraudsters have tricked scores of Nigerians by selling them football World Cup fan passes to travel to Russia, leaving many stranded and penniless, victims and anti-trafficking campaigners say.
Maria Zakharova

Russia accuses Britain of ‘dirty political games’ over nerve agent

Moscow accused Britain Thursday of playing “dirty political games” after London demanded answers from Russia over the poisoning of a couple with what British police said was the same nerve agent used against a former Russian spy.
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Video: No evidence of chemical attack in Syria’s Duma – US journalists

Reporters from the One America News Network have visited the Syrian town of Duma, located in Damascus’ suburbs, where, according to the U.S. and its allies, a chemical attack took place on April 7, and found no evidence that could prove these claims.

Donald Trump: We don’t engage in Twitter diplomacy – Kremlin

A Kremlin spokesperson has said that Russia does not engage in Twitter diplomacy after US President Donald Trump used the social media platform to warn Moscow of imminent military action in Syria, the Interfax news agency reported.

Spy poisoning: Expelled Russians arrive home as Moscow warns against travel to UK

Russian diplomats expelled from the United States arrived in Moscow on Sunday, with post-Cold War tensions soaring in the wake of a nerve agent attack on a former spy in Britain.

Russia: Britain must cut more than 50 diplomats

Britain has to reduce its diplomatic staff in Russia by more than 50 more people, the foreign ministry said Saturday, following an escalating row over the nerve agent attack on a former double agent.

Russia: London Aeroflot plane search ‘latest provocation’

Russia claims UK authorities searched one of their planes at a London airport in what they called the "latest provocation".

Kremlin: Russia ‘remains open’ to Putin-Trump summit

The Kremlin said, on Wednesday, that President Vladimir Putin was still ready to hold a summit with US counterpart Donald Trump despite the mass Western expulsions of Russian diplomats in a spy row.

Skripal poisoning: Don’t boycott Russia 2018 – Sepp Blatter

Former President of the Federation Internationale de Football Association, Joseph Blatter, said Thursday that he does not support the boycott of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia amid the poisoning scandal.

Maria Zakharova: Russia will respond to UK actions in regard to Sergei Skripal poisoning...

Russia will soon adopt retaliatory measures in response to the actions of the UK in regard to the poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said Thursday.

Russian envoy raises concern about new US secretary of state Mike Pompeo

Russian Ambassador to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov said he did not think that the approach of the next U.S. secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, toward Moscow would be softer than that of his predecessor.

‘Is Russia to blame?’ Moscow mocks Rex Tillerson sacking

Russia issued a mocking reaction to the surprise sacking of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, with a foreign ministry spokeswoman asking if the finger of blame was already being pointed at Moscow.

Russia rejects Britain’s ultimatum, wants access to nerve agent

Russia on Tuesday rejected Britain's demand that Moscow provide an explanation over the poisoning of an ex-double agent and said London should provide Moscow with access to the nerve agent.

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