"Shocking And Unforgivable": Russia To Expel UK Diplomats, Expand US "Blacklist" As Crisis Deepens

As relations between Russia and the west crash to a new post-Cold War low in the aftermath of the nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent in the UK, Russia was set to expel British diplomats in retaliation for Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to kick out 23 Russians, while expanding its "blacklist" of US citizens in response to yesterday's Treasury sanctions, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Sputnik.

After Theresa May cast blame on Moscow - and singled out Putin as the mastermind behind the attack - giving 23 Russians who she said were spies working under diplomatic cover at the London embassy a week to leave, Russia has denied any involvement, cast Britain as a post-colonial power unsettled by Brexit, and suggested London fabricated the attack in an attempt to whip up anti-Russian hysteria.

When asked by a Reuters  reporter if Russia planned to expel British diplomats from Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov smiled and said: “We will, of course.”

Separately, discussing the response to Russian sactions, Ryabkov said that "For our part, we have ensured parity in the number of individuals included in the sanctions lists from the very beginning. So we will replenish our ‘blacklist’ with another group of US individuals,” Ryabkov said.

According to the deputy minister, Russia does not want to suspend dialogue with the United States, noting that the future retaliatory measures were not Moscow’s choice.

"We're only doing this because of US political stubbornness and unwillingness to perceive reality. We may take additional steps, which we will calibrate in accordance with our own interests and, of course, the need to not suspend dialogue completely in order to at least begin stabilizing bilateral relations with Washington … We reaffirm that our resolve will not be weakened by any opponents' intrigues, many of whom are beyond the Atlantic Ocean,” Ryabkov said.

On Thursday, the US Treasury Department announced sanctions against 19 Russian individuals and five entities, including Russia's Federal Security Service and the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) for their alleged roles related to the interference in the 2016 presidential campaign in the United States.

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Meanwhile, as Reuters notes, in a sign of just how tense the relationship has become, British and Russian ministers used openly insulting language while the Russian ambassador said London was trying to divert attention from the difficulties it was having managing Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson sparked particular outrage in Moscow with his blunt comment on Thursday that “Russia should go away, it should shut up.”

In response, Russia’s Defence Ministry said Williamson was an “intellectual impotent” and Lavrov said he probably lacked education. “Well he’s a nice man, I’m told, maybe he wants to claim a place in history by making some bold statements,” Lavrov said.

“Theresa May’s main argument about Russia’s guilt is ‘Highly probable’, while for him it’s ‘Russia should go and shut up’. Maybe he lacks education, I don’t know.”

The Kremlin also got involved, when Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that "It’s shocking and unforgivable for U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to accuse Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal." Tass reported.

A formal announcement by Russia is expected to follow shortly.

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DownWithYogaPants JimmyJones Fri, 03/16/2018 - 09:48 Permalink

I had a bad dream.  Literally last night while sleeping. It went like this:

  • Mossad / Israel - Bankster's Deep Staters did a false flag and blamed on Iran - they're trying to save the dollar and since Zion is dependent on the USA and the USA on the dollar they felt forced
  • The FF was big and the press bum rushed a lot of people 
  • Trump was an actor all along just a puppet of the Zios.  Feigned reluctance is more convincing than an eager Hillary. Perhaps it's real reluctance but he is bulldozed
  • We invade Iran.  More broken window war
  • Of course this is all touch and go with Russia 
  • Any dissent against in the USA is dealt with violently.  So obviously I was only having a bad dream and it could not be true.

I had some hope with Trump of avoiding another idiotic war.  Will this only turn out to be a bad dream.  I slept 11 hours so I hope I am just catching the flu.  However you can just feel the cooking up another 911 to get tighten the noose again.

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Keyser DownWithYogaPants Fri, 03/16/2018 - 09:52 Permalink

And the march to war continues... Either NK secret bunkers in Syria, more FF gas attacks in Syria or nerve gas attacks in the UK, the level of bullshit is reaching it's peak... Something has to give and it won't be the lunatic rhetoric of the west... A put up or shut up moment is coming, let's hope someone blinks... 

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MK ULTRA Alpha IH8OBAMA Fri, 03/16/2018 - 13:20 Permalink

I take exception, it's clearly a setup. It's most likely Israel's Mossad.

Just like the US, the UK allows the Mossad to operate in the UK. There are Mossad moles throughout the US intelligence, defense industries, and government.

The UK is Zionism insane like the US. In other words, the UK has had the Yoke of Zionism around it's neck even longer than the US. They're a beast of burden for the Zionist world domination agenda.

The London banking district, known as "The City" controlled the royals and the British people. The royals of Europe used the Eastern Europeans and Russians who call themselves the Jews to count and keep the royal treasure.(because they didn't trust their own subjects) In Great Britain the Kings would use the Khazars Gypsies Jews to run taxation schemes on low ranking royals to take their lands.

In Kazaria, the Khazar empire, they used the Turks for security and administration, and the Khazar Gypsies who began calling themselves the Jews around 700 AD controlled the Silk road trade because they controlled the mountain pass of the Silk Road.(I tracked down one of the few remaining real Israelites, he told me this and I did the research) Gibbon The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire V II around page 800 starts a good source. And there are many books written before total Kazarian control of the West.

In the US we're in a MATRIX, once data is revealed about these people who just 100 years ago were calling themselves the Khazars in their books, is quickly blocked.

The USA is under complete control by less than 1.7 percent of the population. All from Eastern Europe and Russia, we're a nation within a nation. And all of these people who call themselves Jews are working against the American people.

The Americans don't watch television anymore and know the Zionist controlled media system lies. The internet allowed people to compare notes and now the internet is being censored. (the one's who still use television for their education are in a MATRIX mind control and don't have the intellect to open their minds to question their reality, they can only parrot what they've been told to think.)

In conclusion, this poster is another example of Zionist Christianity, who and they won't admit it, are members of a religion of hate, because it's a racial caste system of Jews on top, then whites and then the people of color. It allows the US to murder people of color all over the world.

Trump has now appointed a war criminal to CIA director. It's too much to believe Trump betrayed his supporters by going Jew crazy, and working with them for more wars for Israel. Trump has a television mind and parrots his brainwashing.

How many voted for more wars for Israel? How many voted to end the war in Afghanistan? How many voted for more fake Jew control of the US? How many voted for a president who has Jews crawling all over the government?

How many voted for unconditional support for Israel?

How many voted for a US Army base in Israel? How many voted for the 2500 US Army troops now in Israel?

"Whoa be the generation who forgets about the ancient snake people"

 

 

 

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Slack Jack MK ULTRA Alpha Fri, 03/16/2018 - 14:09 Permalink

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said: "This is the first offensive use of a nerve agent on alliance territory since NATO's foundation..."

Yeah right,... Stoltenberg is a total MORON.

Notice that the toxic substance is always "a nerve agent".

I guess that is because they don't actually know what it is. Why not name it? [Probably, they don't name it because they know this is a false flag and they don't want to be pinned down over details.]

And if they don't actually know what it is, then they don't know who manufactured it, or where.

They also discount the possibility of a false flag (and given that we have seen false flag, after false flag, after false flag, for more than twenty years now, doing so is incredibly stupid (or deliberate)).

May & Stoltenberg etc are total MORONS, or worse.

And: "The substance used is one of the most toxic ever developed."

Yeah right,... But no one died from the event.

If it had been as toxic as the nerve gases, Sarin, Tabun, etc,... then everyone who came into contact with it would have died.

I see that the "nerve agent" suddenly has a name. It is a Novichok nerve agent.

Supposedly some Novichok variants are five to eight times more potent than VX,.... but no one effected by the substance died.

This is a big problem for the false-flag people. No one died. If it had been just a few tiny drops of your standard nerve gases, like Sarin, or VX, people would have died.

The Brits, or Yanks, and others know the chemical formula, because Mirzayanov told them, so with a bit of effort they could synthesize the substance themselves.

Mind you they didn't even have to bother doing this because they could just ask Mirzayanov how to make the stuff.

Since the Russians charged Mirzayanov with treason and he now lives in exile in the U.S. he would find it hard to say no.

The British poisonings are most likely a false flag operation.

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MK ULTRA Alpha BettyLouWho Fri, 03/16/2018 - 13:44 Permalink

I now realize Putin knows the Jews murdered 20 million Russian white middle class Christians and stole the Czars gold.

The only way to remove the Yoke of Zionism from the US and the world is a thermonuclear war. The nation who strikes first wins.

The US war fighting doctrine is the Bush II preemptive war. Is that the America we grew up believing in? no, the US is under Zionist dictatorship.

The US is a nation were the agencies are above the law, no accountability, no question is answered. It's a totalitarian police state. In this case the three top agencies are controlled by the Masonic made up religion of the Mormons. They're all Jew crazy.

The economy is roiled every ten years or so, the American people are robbed over and over, the wealth is moving to the top, for who?

What do we get a martial law system of control ready to put us in lock down. It's the exact formula for a kill off. If the questioning and the new trend of not believing these people calling themselves Jews, we will be plunged into a global war to maintain the Yoke of Zionism on the neck of America.

Are these people, 40% inbred, loyal to the American people? They've dismantled the Bill of Rights taking all of our freedoms. We're told what to think and what we're allowed to speak, is this America?

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French Bloke MK ULTRA Alpha Fri, 03/16/2018 - 17:35 Permalink

Has anyone noticed how zerospam ONLY has a beef (sorry, should be pork maybe) with anyone who posts anti zionist remarks on this site. I'm tempted to think she's a zionist (sorry about the Jim rickards gender association but it probably fits in this case)...

Zerofreespeech would be a more approipriate avatar.

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Ace006 loveyajimbo Fri, 03/16/2018 - 11:07 Permalink

While I think Trump has a genuine visceral patriotism and has done some excellent things I think, sadly, that your "Our Donald is no Vlad..." is accurate. Perhaps the key to understanding DJT is realizing that he is beholden to Soros.  Soros has forgiven a significant chunk of Jared's debt, has he not? 

I don't think Trump would sign off on a construction deal without knowing what kind of grease there will be on the elevator cables but the monstrously expensive and dangerous, unconstitutional Syrian adventure in aggressive war contrary to the U.N. Charter strikes him as just sweet reason itself. 

And Trump's personnel decisions and non-decisions are just odd. 

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AGuy JimmyJones Fri, 03/16/2018 - 10:27 Permalink

"Anyone else notice that all this is happening"

Doubt full this is related. but here are my guesses

1. Inteligence agencies need an enemy/boogy man to justify budgets. What better way for job security by demonizing Russia
2. Someone in Russia had a hand in the attack, but wasn't connected to Putin or his staff. A rogue agent. I believe if Russia wanted this ex-spy dead they would have done it as a low provide attack: Traffic accident, Heart attack, etc. I am sure Russia\Putin would have been smart enough to avoid using such a high profile method.
3. Attack on Western Grid. This is getting hyped. This is Russia/Eastern *private* hackers looking to create Bot networks (mine BTC, Identity theft, extortion). Its likely that these hackers send out broad phishing attacks, and the gov't media is making as if they are targeted at Power plants.

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Ace006 AGuy Fri, 03/16/2018 - 11:17 Permalink

Intelligence agencies are hardly on the knife edge of elimination or massive budget reduction.  There's zero sentiment for that and hasn't been till the memory of man runneth not.

The "rogue agent" theory is doubtful.  It's on a par with burglars caught holding a TV in their arms invariably telling the cops that she was just standing there when this woman came by, someone she'd never seen before in her life, and handed her the TV. Call it the "mysterious stranger" story.

No question that everyone and her sister is engaging in hacking for profit and glory and Ms. May is cherry picking and distorting a sliver of the activity.  That animated graphic of all the hacking going on in the world says it all.  "Eeek" just doesn't cut it.

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Blankone JimmyJones Fri, 03/16/2018 - 10:45 Permalink

We were promised Russia was launching an alternative to SWIFT two or more years ago. Only to find out all it was/did was to allow Russia banks within Russia to communicate and do business without outside assistance from SWIFT on local transactions. And here we are, still no alternative to SWIFT years later.

Seeing as how Russia was forced to collapse due to financial attack some years ago how could Putin have allowed Russia to be so backwards and vulnerable? Wouldn't a chess player have resolved the most important vulnerability quickly. Yet to this day nothing but promises it will finally be fixed - and yet to this day Russia uses SWIFT and the dollar to effect most trade.

Which is curious. We were told that Russia could destroy the dollar and bring down the US economically be side stepping the dollar. That Russia has a monetary super nuke. But alas, it must be like those other super duper super nukes they claim to have.

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French Bloke Blankone Fri, 03/16/2018 - 17:47 Permalink

Hey Blankfire - I think you got your facts mixed up.

They don't need swift to sell oil/gas to China in Yuan/Rubles. Anyway, they both have gold...

" Seeing as how Russia was forced to collapse due to financial attack some years ago how could Putin have allowed Russia to be so backwards and vulnerable?"

Which collapse was that then? Please tell us more as they appear to have survived pretty well intact. All sanctions have backfired, especially against EU lackies (Uncle Sam will sanction down to the last Euro)

" We were told that Russia could destroy the dollar and bring down the US economically be side stepping the dollar."

Dunno about that but China certainly could...

Back to school with you!

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veritas semper… JimmyJones Fri, 03/16/2018 - 12:46 Permalink

It's not only this. It is much bigger.

For a while I could not understand why they produced this low grade show , why trying to link Russia to 'gassing ' an ex spy ,with no value for Russia and sent to Britain ,many years ago ,in an exchange of spies.

Why such a pathetic performance ? The country that had Conan Doyle and Jan Fleming as mystery/spy  writers ,now has such amateurs and incompetent story tellers ,that even a smart 5 year old could not believe?

And ,then Maria Zakharova said that they are trying to link this "gassing" to the false flags "gassing" they did and are about to do in Syria and accuse Mr. Assad . To justify an attack on Syria and delegitimize Russia's role in protecting Syria ( hey ,Russia is a rogue state ,we proved it to you,didn't we?)

Russia said that it has information that US was preparing to attack Damascus ,using missiles and an air attack. And to any such attack will be a strong response  which will include the wiping out of the launching site. See Nikki Nimrata Haley threats of "unilateral US attack ,without a UNSC resolution".

See the NATO countries chorus of approval of the real rogue countries ,US and UK.

Plus what you said

Plus there is a move to try to revoke Russia's UN Security Council's seat.

War is coming: see the Donald war cabinet and recent nominations ,Pompeo (look him up at wikipedia) as Secretary of State and the new CIA director Gina Haspel ,who is well known for actively directing and participating in the torture of prisoners at 'black sites'( did you know that there is an arrest warrant for her in countries like Germany?). By the way ,this was a major swamp drain /s 

 

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el buitre veritas semper… Fri, 03/16/2018 - 17:30 Permalink

"Any reform of the Security Council would require the agreement of at least two-thirds of UN member states in a vote in the General Assembly, and must be ratified by two thirds of Member States. All of the permanent members of the UNSC (which have veto rights) must also agree."

- Wikipedia

I am sure the Russian Ambassador to the UN will agree to kick themselves off the Security Council and relinquish their veto power.  A no-brainer.

 

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SoDamnMad WTFUD Fri, 03/16/2018 - 10:12 Permalink

Are you talking about Sir James Wilson Vincent Savile, OBE, KCSG  Only in the UK do they honor a pedofil with Order of the British Empire and Knights Commander of St. Gregory (Catholic - oh yeah) for who there were over 450 complaints in 14 police districts.  And you think the Brits have a clue about this nerve agent when a creep like this is protected by the government for decades.

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Ace006 SoDamnMad Fri, 03/16/2018 - 23:39 Permalink

There was a time when I thought of British officialdom as disciplined, firm, fair, competent, and committed to public service.  Now they will tell any lie, cut any corner, and turn any blind eye to crush free speech, attack patriots, cover up the savage, hostile nature of Islam, and recruit hostile minorities and foreigners to their ranks.

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