New 'COLD WAR'? Russian Embassy MOCKS UK in a series of provocative tweets
UK Russia: People reacted to the provocative tweet with outrage
The official Twitter account for the Russian Embassy posted a photograph of a thermometer below zero.
In a dry quip, the Embassy said: “The temperature of Russian and British relations drops to -23, but we are not afraid of cold weather.”
People reacted to the provocative tweet with outrage.
One Twitter user said: “Stop the murders on our soil and refrain from provocative tweets like this, we're not Ukraine, we will not just roll over.”
Another said: “I'm not into Russia bashing, and some of the anti-Russian crap on the mainstream media over the last couple of years has been pathetic.
“But, tweets like this are inflammatory, maybe an offer of co-operation with the British authorities in uncovering the source of the agent would be better?"
And another said: “I know where you can put that thermometer.”
But some users defended the Tweet, with one saying: “A little bit of humour, in this crazy world... don’t blame the Russians every time... They also want peace and happiness in this world.”
And one hit back with another quip, saying: “Another Russian lie, the thermostat reads -21c.”
It is not the first time the Russian Embassy seemed to make light of the of the current tension.
On March 10, the Russian embassy wrote: “What a coincidence! Both Litvinenko and Skripal worked for MI6. Berezovsky and Perepilichny were linked to UK special services. Investigation details classified on grounds of national security.”
It has also posted a picture of James Bond and said: “Does Russia’s dialling code 007 make James Bond a 'Russian spy?'”
UK Russia: Tensions have been high since the poisoning of Sergei Skripal
It has accused the UK of being "silent" about “neo-Nazi” far right gangs in Ukraine.
Ukraine is a contentious issue as Russia has been accused of annexing the Crimea after the Ukrainian Government was overthrown when it decided to accept a trade agreement with Russia rather than the EU.
Ukraine is backed by the West and Russia is backing Russian separatists in the east.
The Russian Embassy also accused the UK of “Fake News” and said the expulsion of its diplomats was a “provocation”.
It added: “UK Ambassador Laurence Bristow was summoned to @MFA_Russia, where First Deputy FM Vladimir Titov strongly protested the evidence-free accusations by the UK authorities of Russia’s alleged involvement in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
“It was stated that the actions of the UK authorities are a clear provocation and that the Russian Federation was not involved in the incident that took place in Salisbury on 4 March, 2018.
UK Russia: The Embassy accused the UK of 'fake news'
“Moscow will not respond to London’s ultimatum until it receives samples of the chemical substance to which the UK investigators are referring.
“Britain must comply with the Chemical Weapons Convention which stipulates joint investigation into the incident, for which Moscow is ready.
“Without that, there can be no sense in any statements from London. The incident appears to be yet another crooked attempt by the UK authorities to discredit Russia.”
But in a thinly veiled threat, the Russian Embassy also said it would “respond” to the expulsion of the diplomats.
It continued: “Any threat to take “punitive” measures against Russia will meet with a response. The British side should be aware of that.
Both the US and the Canadian Embassies have come out in support of the UK’s decision to expel the diplomats.
In a statement, the US Embassy said: “The attack fits into a pattern of behaviour in which Russia disregards the international rules-based order, undermines the sovereignty and security of countries worldwide, and attempts to subvert and discredit Western democratic institutions and processes.”