LONDON- Britain is bracing for a showdown with Russia after their deadline on Wednesday for midnight set by Prime Minister Theresa May expired with Russia providing no explanation out how a Soviet-era nerve toxin was used against former Russian double agent who was poisoned.

The United States, European Union and Nato supported Britain after May said it was “highly likely” that Russia was behind the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter with Novichok, a nerve agent developed by the Soviet military.

A attempted murder case has been opened.

Russia has denied any involvement and has not responded to May’s deadline until they receive samples of the nerve agent, this decision does  challenge Britain position on the incident, as Britain threatens sanctions it would impose against Russian interests.

“Moscow will not respond to London’s ultimatum until it receives samples of the chemical substance,” Russia’s embassy in London said.

“Any threat to take punitive measures against Russia will meet with a response.”

Britain could possible call on their allies to have a coordinated response, freeze the assets of Russian business leaders and officials, limit their access to London’s financial centre, expel diplomats and even goes as further as to launch targeted cyber-attacks.

They may actually cut back their participation at the World Cup, which will be hosted by Russia from June 2018.

Russian will have their presidential elections this Sunday, where Vladmir Putin is expected to win by a large margin.

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