British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, called Moscow’s retaliatory measures of expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats to be «useless». «These useless measures will punish only ordinary Russians, depriving them of opportunities to learn English and obtain visas. Today, Russia is alone and isolated. This is the most important difference between Britain and Putin: we have friends around the world, and he does not.» — The minister said.
Georgian Prime Minister Georgy Kvirikashvili may soon leave his post, Georgian media reports. The head of the ministry of internal affairs, Giorgi Gakharia, and the Minister of Finances, Mamuka Bakhtadze, may also resign. The departure of the prime minister in Georgia was actively discussed after the publication of his open letter to the Russian leadership with a request to establish bilateral relations. Kvirikashvili’s idea was not supported by all members in his team, and the main decision on resignation can be made by Bidzina Ivanishvili, the founder of the ruling party »Georgian Dream».
In Ukrainian city Lviv, local police and the representatives of the National Guard do not allow Russian citizens to go inside the local Russian embassy to vote in Russian presidential elections. The building is surrounded by a metal fence, which was erected in such a way that it is impossible to enter the building. «We let only those who work in the embassy, and only by the list that we have. We are not letting anyone else inside.» — said one of the policemen.
In Iran, the former vice-president Esfandiyar Rahim Mashai was arrested. The closest associate of ex-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was detained for setting fire to the verdict on the imprisonment of Hamid Bagai, another supporter of the ex-president. A criminal case of making propaganda against the political elite of the country was opened against Mashaia.
In the evening on Saturday, at the checkpoint «Majorskoe» in Donetsk region, in one of the dugouts an explosion of a hand grenade occurred. One border guard perished, one more was wounded. The cause of the incident is unknown. A special investigation has been started.
The Consulate of the Russian Federation in Odessa, located on the Gagarin Plateau, where voting for the presidential elections was planned, is currently surrounded by the police. They are looking for a bomb inside the building. An anonymous person called on the police number «102», and reported on the explosive device. Soon police forces, as well as explosive technicians, were sent at the site. At the moment they are searching the whole area.