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Russia considers response to British expulsions

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Russia considers response to British expulsions


Russia is to make an “adequate and appropriate” responce to Britain’s expulsion of four diplomats. Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko spoke in Moscow. He said; “It’s clear the direction that London has taken will complicate relations between British and Russian law enforcement agencies.”

British prosecutors have accused Russian businessman Andrei Lugovoy, a former state security officer, of poisoning Alexander Litvinenko in London in November and want him extradited. The Russian constitution forbids the extradition of its own citizens. Moscow says that Britain has turned down 21 extradition requests including that of businessman Boris Berezovsky wanted in Russia for corruption and plotting to seize power. Britain said Russia had no justification for retaliating against the decision to expel the diplomats believed to be intelligence officers.

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