Russia warns UK over expulsions

Tuesday July 17, 2007

The Kremlin has warned Britain it faces "serious consequences" after expelling four Russian diplomats from the UK.

The move followed Moscow's refusal to hand over the former KGB agent accused of murdering Alexander Litvinenko in London last year.

RAF scrambles to intercept Russian bombers
Richard Beeston, Diplomatic Editor

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RAF fighter jets were scrambled to intercept two Russian strategic bombers heading for British airspace yesterday, as the spirit of the Cold War returned to the North Atlantic once again.

The incidentdescribed as rare by the RAFserved as a telling metaphor for the stand-off between London and Moscow over the murder of Alexander Litvinenko.

the Kremlin hesitated before responding to Britain’s expulsion of four diplomatsthe Russian military engaged in some old-fashioned sabre-rattling.

Two Tu95 “Bear” bombers were dispatched from their base on the Kola Peninsula in the Arctic Circle and headed towards British airspace