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17 March 2018, 01:30 | Cedric Leonard
British Prime Minister Theresa | AP
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"We calmly explained once again that the option of holding consultations in accordance with the [Chemical Weapons] Convention is not optional, it is obligatory", Lavrov said. The statement was promoted on Twitter with a hashtag #WeAreNATO.
British and Russian officials traded barbs as diplomatic relations plunged to Cold War-era levels of iciness following the nerve-agent poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
The British Prime Minister said she would be pushing for a "robust worldwide response" when the UN Security Council meets later Wednesday in NY to discuss the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter on March 4.
Yulia Skripal flew to London from Russian Federation on March 3, according to counter-terrorism police.
The US has said it believes Russian Federation is responsible for a high-profile poison attack in Britain, fuelling anti-Moscow sentiments in the West over a raft of global issues.
She said, "There is no alternative conclusion other than that the Russian State was culpable for the attempted murder of Mr. Skripal and his daughter - and for threatening the lives of other British citizens in Salisbury, including Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey".
Political relations between Podgorica and Moscow have deteriorated in recent years due to Montenegro's decision to join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in last June, which the Kremlin strongly opposed.
France, Germany, the United States and UK agree Russian Federation was responsible for the attack.
Russia has said that it will retaliate with the expulsion of British diplomats from Moscow, describing the UK's allegations of Russian culpability in the Skripals' poisoning as "insane" and "absolutely boorish".
The aim of the nerve agents appears to have been to circumvent worldwide conventions banning chemicalweapons by developing compounds with new structures that would escape detection, experts say. "We are standing with our United Kingdom ally".
Mr Lavrov's comments come after Prime Minister Theresa May accused Russian Federation of being involved in Mr Skripal's poisoning, describing the incident as Russia's "indiscriminate" and "reckless" attack against the UK.
"We call on Russian Federation to live up to its responsibilities as a member of the UN Security Council to uphold worldwide peace and security", they said.
Moscow has also warned that it will take retaliatory measures, and on Tuesday threatened to expel British media if the licence of its state broadcaster RT was threatened in Britain.
"We would take no pleasure in having to constantly criticize Russian Federation".
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