UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband has described Russia's actions against the British Council as "reprehensible" and a "stain" on the country's reputation.
He said council staff had been grilled by Russian security services on issues including their family pets' health.
Such actions were "not worthy of a great country", he said, reading out EU and US messages of support for Britain.
The council has suspended work at two Russian offices, saying "intimidation" made it impossible to continue.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
The British Foreign Secretary has said that Russia's actions against the British Council call Russia's reputation into question. Though after the murder of Anna Politkovskaya, the radiological poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, and the hounding of the British ambassador by Nashi thugs, one might have thought that Russia's reputation had already fallen to its lowest point ever: