Russian Diplomat Says ‘Cold War Situation’ a Possibility

The Russian ambassador to Australia considers that Moscow and western nations could find themselves in a “Cold War situation” in the wake of a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in the U.K., The Hill reports.

“The West must understand that the anti-Russian campaign has no future. If it continues, we will be deeply in a Cold War situation,” Grigory Logvinov said to reporters in Canberra, according to Reuters.

Logvinov’s comments come after the U.S. and 21 mostly European nations ordered the expulsions of more than 135 Russian diplomats. “With these steps, the United States and our allies and partners make clear to Russia that its actions have consequences,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

The move was a response to the chemical weapon attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter earlier this month. The British government expelled 23 Russians last week after a government investigation determined that the nerve agent attack was carried out by Moscow.

“I said we have no evidence. The British stubbornly denied giving any evidence. They have denied following the provisions and protocol of the Convention on Prohibition of Chemical Weapons,” Logvinov pointed out.

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