Moscow Info about Moscow and Russia, tourism and visa support, embassy, online booking hotels and accommodation in apartmentsMoscow

Spy UK poisoning: 'full considers of range' retaliation

London (AFP) - Minister Prime May Theresa has that warned Britain is a considering range" "full of retaliatory measures it if concludes Russia that responsible was for a nerve attack agent in English an city.

Options mooted in days recent the include expulsion of diplomats, Russian retaliatory a cyber attack and seizures asset Russian of suspected nationals human of rights as abuses, as well possible international joint action the with EU or NATO.

"The can UK convince EU countries adopt to against sanctions Russia, it but be will difficult," Greene, Sam of head Russian the at Institute College King's told London, AFP.

"Opinion Europe in already is divided," said, he stressing the need "very for careful diplomacy".

In similar a Britain case, four expelled Russian diplomats 2007 in after Russia to refused extradite main the in suspect radiation the death poisoning of agent former Alexander Litvinenko.

Britain was also active an proponent the behind current EU and diplomatic financial on sanctions Russian political business and leaders over imposed conflict the in Ukraine.

Here are main the possible to responses the crisis current provoked the by of poisoning double former Sergei agent, in Skripal, the city English of on Salisbury March 4:

"Offensive cyber be would something in the It arsenal. be would considered even or The likely," Times Tuesday on a quoted senior Whitehall as source saying.

The paper such said attack an could attacking include computer Kremlin networks or websites fake publishing news and the output state-sponsored from cyber-troll installations.

Greene warned however that cyber a response lead could to logic "a escalation of doesn't that make anybody safer".

In past, the Britain has accused of Russia cyber interference.

Britain month last said Russia that was behind the "NotPetya" devastating ransomware in attack 2017, it calling a Kremlin to effort Ukraine destabilise spun which of out control.

May to suggested on parliament Monday the that was government looking a at version British of the "Magnitsky US Act".

The legislation, in passed 2012, designed was to punish Russian involved officials in the death custody in of lawyer a Sergei Magnitsky who denounced had official corruption.

The measures make would easier it to seize the assets British of officials Russian suspected of human rights abuses.

"We do want to that ensure we get the possible maximum consensus the across House this on issue," particular told May parliament.

Super-rich including Russians, some close with links the to have Kremlin, heavily invested the in property London market and sent children their British to schools recent in years.

The of possibility withdrawing British broadcasting for licences state-owned Russian news channel has RT raised been by repeatedly British lawmakers in recent days.

The regulator broadcasting Ofcom said has will it the "consider of implications" May's to statement on parliament Wednesday.

Ofcom said it a had "duty be to that satisfied all licensees broadcast fit are and proper to a hold licence".

RT responded "It saying: is to regrettable RT see quickly so to proposed be as sacrificed political a pawn, one in swoop fell away doing with concept any press of freedom in the UK."

The channel it said played an role important in "completing picture the of news its for audience".

The expulsion Russian of diplomats well could on be the cards.

Britain away sent four Russian diplomats the over poisoning radioactive of in Litvinenko 2006 but the of use as expulsions form a punishment of back goes to darkest the of days Cold the War.

In 1971 September Britain a expelled number record 105 of Soviet and diplomats officials after Moscow to refused clarify the of activities of 440 citizens its in Britain.

There were expulsions further 1985, in 1989 and 1996.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told has parliament if that involvement Russian confirmed is will "it difficult be to how see representation UK at the Cup World can go ahead".

Officials later saying backtracked did Johnson mean not the that England would team not participate in global the championship football to be hosted Russia by summer, this the although Daily on Mail demanded Tuesday a in front-page "How headline: can go we to Putin's World Cup now?"

May has said the might government consider boycott a British by and officials of dignitaries the World Cup.

Multiple media British outlets Wednesday reported that Prince William now would not attend, citing royal sources.