Britain in 'diplomatic war' with Russia

Leading Russian newspapers called Britain's decision to expel four Russian diplomats an act of "diplomatic war" in front-page coverage on Tuesday.

Britain in 'diplomatic war' with Russia

"The new British prime minister has declared war on Russia" a diplomatic one, the pro-Kremlin daily Izvestia said, referring to the expulsions announced by British Foreign Secretary David Miliband on Monday.

It won't be long before an appropriate response from Moscow. But what does Britain need a second front for when it hasn't finished dealing with the terrorists who have declared a jihad against it?

The expulsions were announced as retaliation by Britain after Russia refused to extradite the chief suspect in the London murder of a former Russian agent and they are the first in over a decade.

The dispute comes amid rising tensions between Moscow and the West.

Russia had refused to extradite ex-KGB agent Andrei Lugovoi, the chief suspect in the London poisoning muder of secret service agent turned Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko last year.

"Great Britain and Russia have begun a diplomatic war," daily Kommersant said, warning that Moscow's reaction, judging from yesterday's emotional commentary from Russian officials, will be even more violent.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Temmuz 2007, 11:39