Britain has expelled four Russian diplomats from London in retaliation for Moscow's refusal to extradite a suspect in the sensational radiation poisoning of a former KGB spy on British soil. Russia immediately threatened Britain with "the most serious consequences for Russian-British relations," Reuters reports.
The victim, Alexander Litvinenko, was assassinated with radioactive poison last November in London. "We have chosen to expel four diplomats in order to send a clear signal to the Russian government about the seriousness of this case," said a British official. The clash comes at a low ebb in relations between Russia and the West.