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Russia’s string of warning tweets after telling Britain not to threaten a ‘nuclear power’

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Russia's string of warning tweets after telling Britain not to threaten a 'nuclear power'
The Kremlin appeared to threaten the British Government as the row continued (Picture: AP)

Russia has warned Britain not to threaten a ‘nuclear armed country’ as the row between the countries continues to escalate.

Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Kremlin, was quoted as saying ‘one should not threaten a nuclear armed country’.

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And in a string of extraordinary tweets on Tuesday, the Russian Embassy hit back at the British Government.

It came after Theresa May said it was ‘highly likely’ Russia was behind the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury.

One tweet read: ‘It was stated that the actions of the UK authorities are a clear provocation and that the Russian Federation was not involved in the incident that took place in Salisbury on 4 March, 2018.’

1/7 UK Ambassador Laurence Bristow was summoned to @MFA_Russia, where First Deputy FM Vladimir Titov strongly protested the evidence-free accusations by the UK authorities of Russia’s alleged involvement in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. pic.twitter.com/wQvl2AwLJI

— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) March 13, 2018

2/7 It was stated that the actions of the UK authorities are a clear provocation and that the Russian Federation was not involved in the incident that took place in Salisbury on 4 March, 2018. pic.twitter.com/WppmgfgO6L

— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) March 13, 2018

3/7 Moscow will not respond to London’s ultimatum until it receives samples of the chemical substance to which the UK investigators are referring. pic.twitter.com/B5CNtimcc3

— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) March 13, 2018

4/7 Britain must comply with the Chemical Weapons Convention which stipulates joint investigation into the incident, for which Moscow is ready. pic.twitter.com/8TxEBOpBQ8

— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) March 13, 2018

5/7 Without that, there can be no sense in any statements from London. The incident appears to be yet another crooked attempt by the UK authorities to discredit Russia. pic.twitter.com/VLk6UCePVj

— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) March 13, 2018

6/7 Any threat to take “punitive” measures against Russia will meet with a response. The British side should be aware of that. pic.twitter.com/DFAaB5orQE

— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) March 13, 2018

The message was accompanied by the word ‘provocation’ in a red font on a black background.

It also wrote: ‘The incident appears to be yet another crooked attempt by the UK authorities to discredit Russia.

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‘Any threat to take “punitive” measures against Russia will meet with a response. The British side should be aware of that.’

Russia earlier said that it would not respond to the British Government’s ultimatum by its midnight deadline.

The Russian Embassy said Moscow will only respond once it is given access to samples of the nerve agent used to poison the Skripals.

Emergency services attend the scene at a car recovery depot in Norton Enterprise Park, where Sergei Skripal's car was originally transported, in Salisbury, Britain, March 13, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
There is still a heavy emergency service presence in Salisbury eight days after the attack (Picture: Reuters)
A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May gesturing delivering a statement to members of parliament in the House of Commons on the nerve agent attack against Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in Salisbury last week, in London on March 12, 2018. British Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday it was
She said Russia is being asked for an explanation (Picture: Getty)

The prime minister had said the Russian ambassador was ordered to explain how the ‘military grade’ nerve agent she described as ‘potentially catastrophically damaging’ ended up in Salisbury.

She has received support from world leaders, including Donald Trump, who spoke with Mrs May on the phone on Tuesday afternoon.

The US president told her that the US is ‘with the UK all the way’, Downing Street said.

In a statement, Downing Street said: ‘The prime minister spoke to President Trump earlier this afternoon to update him on the ongoing investigation into the Salisbury incident.

Police officers erect a tent at the Ashley Wood vehicle recovery centre in Salisbury where the car of Sergei Skripal was taken on March 13, 2018. Prime Minister Theresa May has warned that Britain is considering a
Theresa May said it was ‘highly likely’ Russia is responsible (Picture: Getty)
A photograph taken on March 1, 2018 shows Russian President Vladimir Putin during his interview with NBC network anchor Megyn Kelly at the Kremlin in Moscow. / AFP PHOTO / SPUTNIK / Alexei DruzhininALEXEI DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images
Vladimir Putin is yet to respond to the allegations (Picture: AFP/Getty)

‘The prime minister set out the conclusion reached by the UK Government that it was highly likely that Russia was responsible for the attack against Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

‘President Trump said the US was with the UK all the way, agreeing that the Russian Government must provide unambiguous answers as to how this nerve agent came to be used.’

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Speaking in the House of Commons on Monday, the prime minister said the incident was either ‘a direct act by the Russian state against our country’, or Russia ‘lost control’ of the powerful nerve agent it had produced, and it fell into the wrong hands.

In the event of no credible response from Russia, the Government will consider the attack as an ‘unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the United Kingdom’, she added.

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