Russia should “go away and should shut up”, the Defence Secretary has said as Britain prepares for retaliation from Moscow over its response to the Salisbury attack.
“What we will do is we will look at how Russia responds to what we have done.
“It is absolutely atrocious and outrageous what Russia did in Salisbury. We have responded to that.
“Frankly, Russia should go away and should shut up.”
Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov warned Moscow will expel British diplomats “soon” after the Prime Minister announced the biggest expulsion of Russian embassy staff since the Cold War.
It has been reported that Russia has been behind the mass computer failures the MoD have experienced over the last few days. In some cases being so severe that personnel have been sent home as they are unable to work. But the MoD have insisted that these are migration issues from the old computer system ‘DII’ to the new system ‘ModNet’ and that the timing is just a coincidence.
After 23 Russian Diplomats were kicked out of Britain yesterday The Russian Embassy released a statement in response, saying:
“On March 14 Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko was summoned to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office where he was informed that 23 diplomats were declared personae non gratae (persons not welcome).
“We consider this hostile action as totally unacceptable, unjustified and shortsighted.
“All the responsibility for the deterioration of the Russia-UK relationship lies with the current political leadership of Britain”.
Speaking during a visit to Salisbury, Theresa May said:
“We do hold Russia culpable for this brazen and despicable act that has taken place on the streets of what is such a remarkable city.”