“Vladimir Putin, in particular, stressed that if such actions committed in violation of the U.N. Charter continue, then it will inevitably lead to chaos in international relations,” the Kremlin statement said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Islamic State had been defeated in Syria, but it retains its destructive potential and can attack countries around the world, Interfax news agency cited him as saying.
Britain has blamed Russia for the poisoning, the accusations Russia vehemently denied. Both the West and Russia have expelled over 150 envoys each in the dispute.
The warning, posted on the embassy website, said it reflected “the anti-Russian policy, the growing threatening rhetoric of the British side (and) the British government’s selective actions against Russian individuals and legal entities.”
Russia said it was responding to what it called the baseless demands for scores of its own diplomats to leave a slew of mostly Western countries that have joined London and Washington in censuring Moscow over the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
Russia has denied using Novichok, a nerve agent first developed by the Soviet military, to attack Skripal. Moscow has said it suspects the British secret services are trying to frame Russia to stoke anti-Russian hysteria.
The fire broke out Sunday afternoon, the first day of a week-long school break with dozens of parents and children trapped inside the mall.
Putin, re-elected last weekend, arrived at the scene on Tuesday and laid flowers at a makeshift memorial to the victims of the fire.
US officials have said the Trump administration still seeks to avoid a complete rupture in bilateral relations. One official said Russian cooperation was still sought to address thorny diplomatic issues like North Korea and Iran.
The White House, which has suffered frequent leaks — at times of notable severity — said in a statement Wednesday it would be a “fireable offense and likely illegal” to leak US President Donald Trump’s briefing papers to the press.
Russia’s president faces challenges of his own making — ultra-nationalism, antagonistic West, economic stagnation.
The foreign minister said he hoped Vladimir Putin would take “steps for peace” during his fourth term, “so that normal, rule-based international cooperation could be attained again”.
Vladimir Putin, who was fighting his fourth electoral contest, received more than 76 per cent of the vote. With Sunday’s verdict, Putin is slated to continue at the top role till 2024.
Vladimir Putin won Russia’s presidential election with 73.9 per cent vote, predicts exit poll
Opinion polls give Putin, the incumbent, support of around 70 per cent, or nearly 10 times the backing of his nearest challenger.