Thursday, July 19, 2007

A Chill Wind Blows

Four British diplomats will be expelled from Russia in the latest round of the ongoing diplomatic dispute over the murder of the dissident Alexander Litvinenko.

The move, announced today by the Russian foreign ministry, was swiftly condemned by the British foreign secretary, David Miliband.

"We obviously believe that the decision to expel four embassy staff is completely unjustified and we will be doing everything to ensure that they and their families are properly looked after," he said in a statement.
Of course, there was this:
On Monday, Mr Miliband announced that four Russian diplomats would be expelled from Britain to send a "clear and proportionate" message to Moscow about the Kremlin's refusal to extradite the ex-KGB agent Andrei Lugovoi to stand trial for the murder of Mr Litvinenko.
Vladimir Putin sure does seem to miss the Soviet Union and the Cold War.

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