The situation is heating up between Europe and Russia. After months of diplomatic conflict between Russia and USA because of the missile defenses -the last episode was the announcement of the Russian missiles moving to Kaliningrado, a portion of Russian land, strategically situated between Germany and Poland, the independence of Kosovo and the Russian energetic policies-, now Russia has also announced that it is suspending the Russian participation in the treaty that limits the amount of Armed Forces in Europe. According to Yevgeny Volk, chief of the think-tank Heritage Foundation has stated that it’s probable than the Russian menaces will rise.
The Kremlin announced that Putin have signed it because of “reasons of national security“.
As I said some days ago -in the Spanish blog-, United Kingdom has asked for the extradition of the murder of Litgovoi, the alleged killer of Russian ex-spy Litvinenko but Russia has denied it, considering the International Law principle by which a country is not obliged to extradite its own nationals. United Kingdom is angry about this and has announced it is going to expell several Russian diplomats, although BBC considers more probable they are intelligence officers.
Como ya dije también entonces, el Reino Unido ha pedido la extradición del asesino del ex-espía ruso Litvinenko y Rusia se lo ha negado, basándose en el principio de Derecho Internacional de no entregar a nacionales. El Reino Unido se ha enfadado y ha expulsado a varios diplomáticos rusos, aunque la BBC piensa que seguramente son oficiales de inteligencia.
Mr Miliband said Moscow’s refusal to extradite Mr Lugovoi had been “extremely disappointing” and said both the UN and EU had reported concerns that the law in Russia was applied selectively.
He told MPs the four diplomats would be expelled and said international agreements had been reached that would allow Mr Lugovoi to be extradited to the UK if he travelled abroad.
Mr Miliband added: “We shall review the extent of our cooperation with Russia on a range of issues, and as an initial step we have suspended visa facilitation negotiations with Russia and made other changes to visa practice.”
The British embassy in Moscow later said that the visa process would only change for applications submitted by the Russian government, not those from ordinary Russians.
The foreign secretary denied it was a “rush to judgment”, but said: “A UK citizen has suffered a horrifying and lingering death.