UK-Russia relations took another nose dive, when the UK (backed by Canada, France, Germany and the U.S.) published a joint-statement requesting for further sanctions against Russia following the Salisbury chemical attack.
The UK has requested the UN and EU for further restrictive measures against Russia. The UK has determined that Russian intelligence officers were involved in the chemical weapons attack. This is vigorously denied by Russia.
Possible UN sanctions are improbable given Russia’s veto powers. UK will also request the EU for further sanctions – also requested regarding Russia’s alleged involvement in cyber attacks and gross human rights violations.
It will be interesting to see whether the EU is prepared to adopt further restrictive measures against Russia.