Daily Mail 
March 16, 2018
The brutal tit-for-tat between Russia and Britain over the Salisbury nerve gas outrage escalated again today as Moscow branded Gavin Williamson ‘intellectually impotent’ and a ‘market wench’.
The Kremlin upped the extraordinary war of words by lashing out at the Defence Secretary after he told the Kremlin to ‘go away and shut up’.
Meanwhile, Boris Johnson said Britain believed it is ‘overwhelmingly likely’ that Vladimir Putin himself ordered the ‘hit’ on former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
The bruising exchanges came as Russia warned that its retaliation for the expulsion of British diplomats will happen ‘at any moment’.
On a visit in Uxbridge today, Mr Johnson stressed that he did not want to punish the Russian people for the assassination attempt on UK soil.
And he gave the clearest statement yet that the UK believes Mr Putin himself authorised the use of Novichok against the Skripals.
‘Our quarrel is with Putin’s Kremlin, and with his decision – and we think it overwhelmingly likely that it was his decision – to direct the use of a nerve agent on the streets of the UK, on the streets of Europe for the first time since the Second World War,’ Mr Johnson said.
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