It’s like déjà vu of the cold war era. Hours after the UK announced suspension of diplomatic ties with Russia over spy poisoning, the Kremlin has said it will also expel all UK diplomats in Russia.

The diplomatic row between the two western nations is an aftermath of an attack with military-grade nerve agent on English soil suspected to have been carried out by Russia.

After the first known offensive use of such a weapon in Europe since World War II, British Prime Minister Theresa May blamed Moscow and gave 23 Russians who she said were spies working under diplomatic cover at the London embassy a week to leave.

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Russia has denied any involvement, cast Britain as a post-colonial power unsettled by Brexit, and even suggested London fabricated the attack in an attempt to whip up anti-Russian hysteria.

Britain, the United States, Germany and France jointly called on Russia on Thursday to explain the attack while U.S. President Donald Trump said it looked as though the Russians were behind it.

Russia has refused Britain’s demands to explain how Novichok, a nerve agent developed by the Soviet military, was used to strike down a 66-year old Sergei Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia in the southern English city of Salisbury.

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