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Moscow accuses U.S. of blackmailing allies

Russia on Tuesday charged that the U.S. had put “colossal pressure” on allies to expel scores of Russian diplomats, and vowed to retaliate.

“This is the result of colossal pressure, colossal blackmail which is the main instrument of Washington on the international arena,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in Uzbekistan.

“We’ll respond, have no doubt! No one wants to put up with such loutish behaviour and we won’t.”

Speaking on the sidelines of a conference on Afghanistan in Uzbekistan’s capital Tashkent, Mr. Lavrov said the expulsions justified Russia’s view that there are “few independent countries” remaining in Europe.

Comments by British Prime Minister Theresa May blaming Russia for the poisoning were “simply an affront to the Anglo-Saxon justice system”, Mr. Lavrov added.

Britain had urged allies to take strong action in response to the attack on March 4 in Salisbury that left former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in critical condition.

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