The British government has called for an urgent meeting of the UN security council to update members on the investigation into the nerve agent attack on former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter, Yulia.
Wednesday’s request to the fifteen-member Council came as Prime Minister Theresa May prepared to set out a range of reprisals against Russia.
The measures, which are likely to include the expulsion of diplomats, will be put to parliament in a statement by Ms. May on Wednesday, after a midnight deadline passed for Moscow to explain why Mr. Skripal was poisoned by a Russian-made nerve agent.
Russia, which is a permanent member of the UN security council, said there would be retaliation against any fresh measures and that Britain had so far offered only “baseless accusations which are not backed up by any evidence”.
A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia “rejects the language of ultimatums”.
The Guardian Newspaper also quotes a Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman as saying that the UK must not try to threaten Moscow, pointing to Mr. Putin’s recent speech in which he presented a range of new nuclear weapons.