Russia Signals Reprisal After U.K. Keeps Officials From Air Show

July 14 (Bloomberg) -- Russia warned the U.K. that it may retaliate after “the main part” of its official delegation to the Farnborough Air Show was prevented from attending because they weren’t granted British visas.

“We consider these British actions as clearly unfriendly,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said on its website today. “We reserve the right to respond in kind, as is customary in diplomatic practice.”

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who’s responsible for the defense industry, urged the delegation in the U.K. to return home in protest, according to a posting on his Twitter Inc. page. The air show, a major fixture for the aerospace industry, opened today and runs all week.

Ties between Russia and the U.K., which reached a post-Cold War low after the 2006 assassination of dissident ex-agent Alexander Litvinenko in London, have soured again this year over the conflict in Ukraine.

About 160 people, or 45 percent of the delegation, weren’t able to attend the start of the U.K. air show, Interfax reported today, citing an unidentified person in the Russian delegation.

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