ST. PETERSBURG, Russia – A state-owned airline Aeroflot was raided by police at a London airport on Friday, the Russian foreign ministry said. Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the British authorities had given no reason for the search, which she called "the latest provocation".
Tensions between London and Moscow are high in the controversy surrounding theand his daughter. Great Britain blames Russia for poisoning.
. Russia further escalated its reaction on Friday and called on the UK to reduce the number of its diplomats in Moscow to the level that Russia has in London. This number was not immediately clear.
Zakharova did not specify the London airport where the search took place, but a Heathrow-to-Moscow flight online had delayed his expected arrival by about three hours.