Russia hits out at UK over spy case

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman says Britain has made European countries hostage of its anti-Russian policy.

Maria Zakharova said in televised remarks that Britain failed to provide any evidence to back its accusations of Moscow’s involvement in the poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

The U.S., Canada, and more than a dozen European countries have joined Britain in expelling Russian diplomats in a show of solidarity over the poisoning. Russia has fiercely denied its involvement in the poisoning and warned that it will respond in kind.

Zakharova alleged that “powerful forces” in Britain and the United States were behind the attack, which she called a “provocation” aimed at unleashing a “Russophobic” campaign.