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Russian Spy critical in Salisbury Hospital after exposure to 'unknown substance' (UPDATES)

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edited March 26 in Terror
Salisbury Hospital says it is dealing with a "major incident" as it treats a man and woman who became ill at a shopping centre.

Two people are in a critical condition in hospital after they were thought to have been exposed to an "unknown substance" at a shopping centre.

Wiltshire Police said officers were alerted to concerns about the welfare of a man and woman at The Maltings in Salisbury on Sunday afternoon.

The pair were taken to Salisbury Hospital, which said on its website on Monday that it was dealing with a "major incident" and advised people not to attend its A&E department unless it was "extremely urgent".

Those with routine appointments should still attend, the hospital said, unless it had been in touch.

Firefighters were reportedly called to the shopping centre and hospital to decontaminate the areas.


https://news.sky.com/story/two-people-critical-in-salisbury-hospital-after-exposure-to-unknown-substance-11277462


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  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    'Russian Spy' critical after exposure to 'substance' in Salisbury

    Sergei Skripal and a woman are found "unconscious on a bench" at a Wiltshire shopping centre on Sunday afternoon.

    A man critically ill after being exposed to an unknown substance in Salisbury is a former Russian spy, Sky sources believe.

    Sergei Skripal, 66, was convicted in Russia in 2006 of passing state secrets to Britain. He was later given refuge in the UK as part of a spy swap.

    He and a woman in her 30s, who is believed to be known to him and is also critically ill, were found "unconscious on a bench" at The Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury on Sunday afternoon, police said.

    The pair did not have any "visible injuries", Wiltshire Police's Temporary Assistant Chief Constable, Craig Holden, added.

    They are in intensive care at Salisbury District Hospital. Patients are being told to attend appointments as normal unless advised otherwise.

    https://news.sky.com/story/man-exposed-to-unknown-substance-in-salisbury-was-russian-spy-11277809

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    Zizzi closed after Russian MI6 spy left critically ill in Salisbury

    Former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, who passed information to MI6, was found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury.

    A restaurant has been closed after a former Russian spy was found unconscious in a shopping centre following exposure to an unknown substance.

    Wiltshire Police said Zizzi, in Castle Street, Salisbury, had been closed "as a precaution".

    Sergei Skripal, 66, and a woman in her 30s were found "unconscious on a bench" at The Maltings shopping centre on Sunday afternoon, officers said.

    Both are in a critical condition in intensive care at Salisbury District Hospital.

    https://news.sky.com/story/man-exposed-to-unknown-substance-in-salisbury-was-russian-spy-11277809


    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    Who is Russian double agent Sergei Skripal?

    The poisoning of Sergei Skripal brings to light the life of a man whose past reads like something out of a spy novel.

    Sergei Skripal has been named as the man who, along with a woman, was found unconscious in a shopping centre in Salisbury.

    The 66-year-old had apparently been poisoned and is in hospital, where he is described as being in a critical condition.

    Mr Skripal, who has an address in Salisbury, served in Russian military intelligence as a colonel until 1999.

    After that he worked at the country's foreign ministry until 2003.

    But he was arrested in Moscow a year later and confessed to having been recruited by British intelligence in 1995.

    He said he had given information to British intelligence about Russian agents in Europe in return for around $100,000.

    During his trial, Russian media quoted the country's security agency as saying the damage from Skripal's activities was comparable to that caused by Oleg Penkovsky, a colonel who spied for the US and Britain and was executed in 1963.

    In 2006, Mr Skripal was convicted of spying and sentenced to 13 years in a high security prison.

    But he was released in 2010 and given refuge in the UK as part of a spy swap between Russia and the US.

    Ten Russians were expelled from the US and Mr Skripal was one of four Russians released, with the two groups being swapped on the tarmac at Vienna's airport.

    One of the Russian agents released by the US in the deal was Manhattan socialite Anna Chapman who had been married to a British man and lived in London for several years.

    https://news.sky.com/story/who-is-russian-double-agent-sergei-skripal-11278125

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    Kremlin denies 'poisoning' Russian MI6 spy

    British counter-terror police are aiding a probe into what caused double agent Sergei Skripal to fall critically ill in Salisbury.

    Key Points

    11:13

    Results of toxicology reports 'could be released today'

    Sky's Rebecca Williams is reporting that the results of toxicology reports being done to determine what substance Mr Skripal and the woman - who is believed to be known to him - have been exposed to could be released today.

    Police are also yet to determine if a crime has been committed.

    11:10

    CCTV emerges of 'persons of interest'

    Officers are said to be interested in the two people shown in this picture.

    It was taken from a camera at 3.47pm on Sunday at the Snap Fitness 24/7 gym and shows a man and a woman walking through an alleyway connecting a Zizzi restaurant and the bench where Mr Skripal was found.

    Gym manager Cain Prince said: "Police had a good look at the footage and were interested in these two people. It was the only image they took away. They wanted a list of everyone in the gym between 3pm and 4pm as well."

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    11:01

    British counter-terror police aiding probe into 'unusual case'

    Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner Mark Rowley has confirmed that his specialists are supporting the investigation into what had caused Mr Skripal to fall ill.

    "Clearly it's a very unusual case and the critical thing is to get to the bottom of what has caused this incident as quickly as possible," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

    "As you would expect, the specialist resources that sit within the counter-terrorism network that I coordinate across the country and other partners are working with Wiltshire Police to get to the bottom of that as quickly as possible.

    "If you look back at other cases like (Alexander) Litvinenko, if necessary we will bring that investigation into the counter-terrorism network.

    "At the moment the key is, though, to get to the bottom of what caused this."

    10:59

    Kremlin has 'no information' on illness of Sergei Skripal

    Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Vladimir Putin, has this morning insisted that Moscow knows nothing about how or why Mr Skripal fell ill at The Maltings shopping centre on Sunday afternoon.

    Responding to reporters' questions, he said: "Unfortunately I can't give you any reaction because we don't have any information.

    "You know how he ended up in the West as a result of which actions and decisions - I will not be repeating this. 

    "Now we see that a tragic situation occurred but nevertheless we don't have any information on what could have caused it and what this person was doing (in life lately)."

    "No one has asked us (to cooperate with the UK investigation)."

    He added: "Moscow is always open to cooperation."

    https://news.sky.com/story/live-kremlin-denies-poisoning-russian-mi6-spy-11278291

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    PCs in hospital after Russian MI6 spy taken ill


    12:04

    Two British police officers were taken to hospital after attending the incident in Salisbury on Sunday, Sky sources have revealed.

    11:58

    Sky sources have confirmed that the woman in her 30s taken to hospital alongside Mr Skripal was his daughter, Yulia Skripal.

    Both remain in a critical condition in hospital after being exposed to an unknown substance.

    Toxicology reports are being done at UK research centre Porton Down and the results are expected at around lunchtime today.


    https://news.sky.com/story/live-kremlin-denies-poisoning-russian-mi6-spy-11278291

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • mrpops09_CMOD_mrpops09_CMOD_ Chief Moderator


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    Police are interested in these two. 




    Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator
    it was him.... he looks Russian


    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    Key points

    18:17

    Key points

    18:10

    Further information on Mr Skripal's daughter, Yulia

    The 33-year-old currently works for Pepsico in Moscow, according to her Facebook. It's thought she left the UK 18-24 months ago.

    She had moved to Britain in 2010, when she worked at a Southampton Holiday Inn and lived in Salisbury, friends say. 

    Before 2010 she attended Moscow State Humanities University and worked for Nike in Russia. 

    17:28

    Theresa May has chaired a National Security Council meeting to discuss the suspected poisoning

    The Prime Minister and senior ministers were updated on the ongoing investigation. 

    Ms May's spokesperson declined to give further details on the briefing. 

    17:20

     A spokesperson for the Russian Embassy has responded to questions about the incident. 

    They said the situation "as described by the British media" causes "serious concern" and have accused authorities of "demonising" Russia. 

    "As of today, the police or other British authorities have not provided the Embassy with any official information regarding this incident. The Foreign Office has not given any notifications either," they said. 

    "However, the media are swiftly launching a new phase of the anti-Russian campaign ongoing in the UK. Readers are offered various speculations which ultimately lead to a vilification of Russia. 

    "Although UK law enforcement agencies have not given any substantive comments on this incident, media reports create an impression of a planned operation by the Russian special services, which is completely untrue.

    "We believe that the British authorities and law enforcement bodies should step in immediately and inform the Embassy and the British society about the actual circumstances of this incident, so as to end the demonisation of Russia." 

    They said the Embassy has approached the Foreign Office for clarifications.         

    https://news.sky.com/story/live-kremlin-denies-poisoning-russian-mi6-spy-11278291

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    Ex-spy and daughter targeted with nerve agent

    Police investigate the attempted murder of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter in Salisbury.

    :: Sergei Skripal and daughter targeted with nerve agent

    :: Both fighting for their lives after incident in Salisbury

    :: Incident being treated as attempted murder

    :: Police officer also in serious condition

    :: Home Secretary has chaired Cobra meeting

    21:29

    'Outrageous affront to our security'

    Rob Wainwright, head of Europe's crime-fighting agency Europol, has responded to the Salisbury nerve agent attack.

    He tweeted: "Of course we should exercise caution before jumping to any conclusions but, whoever is responsible - and there are not 101 likely offenders - this is an outrageous affront to our security in Europe and our way of life."

    https://news.sky.com/story/live-police-know-more-about-ex-spy-poison-11279801


    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

     Poisoned Salisbury cop 'talking and engaging'

    The police officer poisoned by a nerve agent is "talking" but an ex-spy and his daughter are still in a serious condition.

     KEY POINTS:

    • Police officer 'talking and is engaging'
    • Ex-spy Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia still in serious condition
    • Home Secretary expected to update MPs at 10.30am
    10:08

    Rudd: Making sure people are safe is my priority

    Here are Home Secretary Amber Rudd's full comments to Sky News this morning.

    On the condition of the policeman poisoned in the incident, she said...

    "This is a very serious incident and I'm very grateful to the work of the police and the emergency services who are doing such great work down there trying to conduct the investigation.

    "I spoke to the head of counter-terrorism policing this morning, Mark Rowley, and he told me that the policeman who had been one of the first on the scene, who had been readmitted to hospital, was in bed and was awake and was engaging and talking to people.

    "It's still a serious condition but he is at least awake and engaging with people."

    On the condition of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, she said...

    "They remain in very serious health at the hospital. This remains a very serious incident. The police are doing their work there, they're focusing on the three areas: the home, the pub and the restaurant.

    "And I'm grateful for the work the local community are giving them. I haven't got any further update on the health of the two people who are in hospital."

    Asked whether there was any update on foreign state involvement or on the substance that was used, she said...

    "The police announced yesterday that it was a nerve agent and they're conducting their investigation.

    "We need to proceed with speed but with confidence and professionalism, so that we collect all the evidence.

    "This is a live crime scene. We need to make sure they have the space to do that.

    "In terms of attribution, that, I'm confident, will come at some stage.

    "But, at the moment we need to be very clear that they need the space to conduct their investigation."

    On whether she was looking into state involvement due to the use of a nerve agent, Rudd said...

    "We're looking at all routes, but my priority must be keeping people safe and the incident itself is my priority.

    "Making sure that people in the area are safe, making sure the police have the support they need to do a really thorough investigation.

    "I'm pleased that the chief medical officer has said that any threat to people now is low."

    https://news.sky.com/story/live-poisoned-salisbury-cop-talking-and-engaging-11280674

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    Was poisoning in retaliation to Trump 'dirty dossier'? Kremlin double agent 'was close to consultant employed by former MI6 spy Christopher Steele'

    • Conflicting reports over whether nerve agent victim was still working with spies
    • It was reported today that he was close to a consultant who worked for Steele
    • Ex-Russian agent would have had excellent contacts in intelligence circles
    • The Russian Embassy have denied claims he visited officials and diplomats 

    The Russian double agent attacked with a nerve agent in Salisbury was close to a consultant who worked with the firm of former British spy Christopher Steele, it was reported today.

    Sergei Skripal, who is fighting for his life in hospital after the incident on Sunday, is said to have been close to an unnamed intelligence expert who carried out work for independent security firm Orbis Business Intelligence.

    Orbis was founded by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, who was behind a notorious and controversial dossier on Donald Trump, which claimed Moscow had compromising information on the US President.

    Mr Skripal and the Orbis consultant had become close and were both based in the south of England, the Daily Telegraph reported.

    The paper suggested that Skripal's association with Orbis and, indirectly, the Trump dossier could have been a motivation behind the attack on him.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5476803/Kremlin-double-agent-close-Trump-dossier-firm-consultant.html
    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • mrpops09_CMOD_mrpops09_CMOD_ Chief Moderator

    Was poisoning in retaliation to Trump 'dirty dossier'? Kremlin double agent 'was close to consultant employed by former MI6 spy Christopher Steele'


    Seems very plausible. If that's the case, the guy deserved it 
    Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    Spy poisoning: Diners told to wash possessions but health bosses insist risk 'very low'

    Public Health England defends issuing "precautionary advice" for people to wash their clothes a week after the poisoning.

    Hundreds of people have been told to wash their possessions following the discovery of traces of a nerve agent in Salisbury - but health officials insist the risk to the public is still "very low".

    Public Health England (PHE) issued "precautionary advice" a week after former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found slumped on a bench in the Wiltshire city.

    This was in response to traces of a nerve agent being discovered at The Mill pub and the nearby Zizzi restaurant, both of which the pair visited.

    https://news.sky.com/story/spy-poisoning-diners-told-to-wash-possessions-but-health-bosses-insist-risk-very-low-11285830

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    Novichok nerve agent: What exactly is it?

    Novichok chemicals, which are dispersed as ultra-fine powder, are reputed to be the most deadly nerve agents ever made.

    The poison used to target a former spy and his daughter is Russian-made nerve agent novichok, the PM has said. The chemicals are among the most deadly nerve agents ever created.

    :: Who made it?

    There are more than 100 formulations in the novichok family, all developed by the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s.

    Novichok is the Russian word for "newcomer".

    :: How did it get here?

    Andy Oppenheimer, a biological and chemical specialist, has told Sky News the chemical could have been brought into the UK through an airport.

    "These things can evade detection if they are very small amounts and very well shielded, whether they are biological, chemical or a biological agent," he says.

    "This chemical may have come through an airport, we really don't know yet."

    https://news.sky.com/story/salisbury-poison-was-russian-made-novichok-pm-confirms-11287491

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    Deadline set for Russia as PM says it is 'highly likely' behind Salisbury poisoning

    Theresa May says former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were hit with Novichok, a string of nerve agents developed in Russia.

    Russia must give a reason for the nerve agent it developed in the 1970s being used on British soil - or face action, the Prime Minister has warned.

    Theresa May addressed the House of Commons about the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury on Sunday 4 March.

    Mrs May confirmed the pair had been hit with Novichok, which refers to a string of chemical weapons developed in Russia from the 1970s onwards, and said it was "highly likely" Russia was involved.

    https://news.sky.com/story/deadline-set-for-russia-as-pm-says-it-is-highly-likely-behind-salisbury-poisoning-11287784

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • mrpops09_CMOD_mrpops09_CMOD_ Chief Moderator

    Deadline set for Russia as PM says it is 'highly likely' behind Salisbury poisoning

    Theresa May says former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were hit with Novichok, a string of nerve agents developed in Russia.

    Russia must give a reason for the nerve agent it developed in the 1970s being used on British soil - or face action, the Prime Minister has warned.

    Theresa May addressed the House of Commons about the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury on Sunday 4 March.

    Mrs May confirmed the pair had been hit with Novichok, which refers to a string of chemical weapons developed in Russia from the 1970s onwards, and said it was "highly likely" Russia was involved.

    https://news.sky.com/story/deadline-set-for-russia-as-pm-says-it-is-highly-likely-behind-salisbury-poisoning-11287784

    But honestly, what are you going to do about it? What can you realistically do to Russia in retaliation
    Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    US tells Britain 'we're with you all the way'

    Russia warns the UK not to threaten a nuclear power, as Moscow faces a deadline to explain the use of Russian-made novichok.

    Key Points:

    • Donald Trump: Sounds like spy attack was Russia
    • US President says US is "with the UK all the way"
    • Putin has until midnight to come clean on spy poisoning
    • Counter-terror police investigate unexplained death of "Russian dissident" in London
    • Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow is not guilty
    • Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia remain in a critical condition
    21:30

    Boris Johnson calls for 'united response'

    In a statement from the Foreign Office "while we await an explanation from Russia", it said: "The Foreign Secretary has emphasised that if this was a direct act by the Russian state then it would not simply be a threat to the UK, but a clear violation of the chemical weapons convention, a breach of international law and a threat to those who abide by the rules-based international order as a whole."

    Foreign Secretary @BorisJohnson has called for a united response in relation to the nerve agent attack. Read more here: http://ow.ly/noUz30iVBrA 

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    21:26

    Russia contacts Foreign Office over 'cyber attack threats'...

    Embassy has officially requested explanations from @ForeignOffice on the cyber attack threats heard at Parliament and in the media. Russia takes a serious view on cyber security breaches.

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    21:23

    Russia urged to answer Britain's 'legitimate questions'

    Official statement from German government to #SalisburySpy incident “Chancellor Merkel today spoke with Prime Minister @theresa_may. She condemned the toxic substance attack in strongest terms. It is now up to Russia to answer legitimate questions of the British govt” @SkyNews https://twitter.com/regsprecher/status/973606530602946561 …

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    21:20

    What's happening right now

    • Britain's allies - including Donald Trump and Angela Merkel - have spoken out in support of the UK
    • Counter-terror police are investigating the death of a Russian man in London. Police say it is not linked to the Salisbury incident.
    • The Russian Embassy in London says it will not respond to the Prime Minister's midnight deadline until it receives samples of the chemical used in the attack.
    • Russia has warned the UK against launching cyber attacks in response to the Salisbury incident
    • Ofcom says it will review Russian state broadcaster RT

    21:07

    Britain's allies

    The UK's NATO allies have spoken out in support of Theresa May after she said it was "highly likely" Russia was behind the Salisbury poisoning.

    Downing Street confirmed Germany and the United States' support. It said: "Chancellor Merkel condemned the attack and said she stood in full solidarity with the UK."


    https://news.sky.com/story/live-deadline-for-russia-to-respond-to-spy-poisoning-11287981

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    Counter-terror cops probe death of Russian Nikolai Glushkov in London

    Specialist police are investigating because of "associations the man is believed to have had", Scotland Yard says.

    The death of a 68-year-old Russian man in London is being investigated by counter-terrorism police, Scotland Yard has said.

    While officers are not naming him, he is believed to be businessman Nikolai Glushkov, who was top of a list of "fugitives from justice"published by the Russian embassy which accused him of committing "severe financial offences".

    Scotland Yard said anti-terror police were investigating his death "as a precaution because of associations that the man is believed to have had".

    But there was "no evidence", it said, "to suggest a link to the incident in Salisbury", adding that the death was being treated as "unexplained".

    https://news.sky.com/story/counter-terror-cops-probe-russian-death-in-london-11288431

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    Spy poisoning: Novichok inventor says hundreds could be at risk for years

    The scientist who helped develop the nerve agent used to poison Sergei Skripal says it is designed to cause "irreparable" damage.

    19:37, UK,Tuesday 13 March 2018

    The forensic tent covering the bench where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found is repositioned by officials in protective suits

    A Russian chemical weapons scientist has told Sky News that people exposed to even tiny traces of the nerve agent used to attack a spy and his daughter in Salisbury could be in danger of developing symptoms in years to come.

    Dr Vil Mirzayanov is a chemist who ran the technical counter-intelligence department in Russia's chemical weapons institute.

    He helped make "novichok", the class of nerve agents the British government says was used to poison defected spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

    The doctor said that even minuscule amounts could affect victims, and that symptoms could develop "in years".

    https://news.sky.com/story/spy-poisoning-novichok-inventor-says-hundreds-could-be-at-risk-for-years-11287880

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    Public faces 'low risk' after chemical attack, health officials insist

    The agency responsible for responding to health emergencies says public safety has not been compromised by the Salisbury attack.

    Health officials insist public safety has not been compromised in Salisbury despite a warning from the doctor who oversaw the development of the nerve agent used in the attack on a Russian double agent.

    Dr Vil Mirzayanov was a director of Russia's chemical weapons institute in the 1980s when the novichok, or "newcomer" class of nerve agents were synthesised.

    He told Sky News that anyone exposed to even tiny traces of the substance used to attack Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia could face long-term health risks.

    https://news.sky.com/story/public-faces-low-risk-after-chemical-attack-health-officials-insist-11288212

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    Russia won’t respond to UK ultimatum until samples of alleged chemical weapon received – Lavrov

    Moscow will not respond to the British request about a clandestine Soviet chemical weapon allegedly used in an ex-double agent’s poisoning until a sample of the agent is provided, the Russian foreign minister said.

    On Monday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said a chemical weapon developed under a secret Soviet program dubbed Novichok was used in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal. May demanded that Russia provide details of the program, saying otherwise London would consider the poisoning an attack directed by the Russian government.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that it had summoned British Ambassador to Moscow Laurie Bristow. No further details were provided.

    https://www.rt.com/news/421126-lavrov-response-uk-skripal/

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    Close associate of late runaway Russian tycoon Berezovsky dies in London

    A Russian businessman and an associate of the one-time billionaire Boris Berezovsky, Nikolay Glushkov, has died in London. Police treated his death as “unexplained” but said it was not linked to the ex-double agent poisoning case.

    Glushkov died in his home in London, the Russian Vedomosti newspaper board member, Damian Kudryavtsev, told the Russian Govorit Moskva radio station, citing some “common friends” he had with the deceased. He also said that the cause of Glushkov’s death is unknown to him.

    https://www.rt.com/news/421203-berezovsky-associate-dies-london/

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    Remember that it's also possible that someone killed them in order to vilify Russia, much like what might have happened to Kim Jong Un's brother
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    Close associate of late runaway Russian tycoon Berezovsky dies in London

    A Russian businessman and an associate of the one-time billionaire Boris Berezovsky, Nikolay Glushkov, has died in London. Police treated his death as “unexplained” but said it was not linked to the ex-double agent poisoning case.

    Glushkov died in his home in London, the Russian Vedomosti newspaper board member, Damian Kudryavtsev, told the Russian Govorit Moskva radio station, citing some “common friends” he had with the deceased. He also said that the cause of Glushkov’s death is unknown to him.

    https://www.rt.com/news/421203-berezovsky-associate-dies-london/

    It's amazing how many "coincidences" we see when it comes to not just this story, but many of the high-profile deaths we post about here 
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    Salisbury spy poisoning: UK deadline for Russian response passes in stalemate

    The Russian Embassy in London says it will not respond until it receives samples of the chemical used in the attack on an ex-spy.

    A deadline has passed for Vladimir Putin to explain Moscow's alleged use of a chemical weapon in Salisbury, with the UK and Russia seemingly at a stalemate.

    Prime Minister Theresa May had given the Russian President until the end of Tuesday to confirm whether former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in a state attack, or if Russia had "lost control" of the nerve agent used in the attempted murder.

    The Russian Embassy in London, however, said it would not respond to Mrs May's deadline until it had received samples of the chemical used in the attack.

    https://news.sky.com/story/salisbury-spy-poisoning-uk-deadline-for-russian-response-passes-in-stalemate-11288841

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    UK 'misleading world' on spy poisoning - Russia

    Russia demands samples of the deadly nerve agent, as Theresa May prepares the UK's response with senior intelligence officials.

    UK is 'misleading the world' on spy poisoning - Russia

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused Britain of misleading the world and asserted Moscow had no motive to attack former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal.

    Mr Lavrov said Britain was staging a "political performance" in response - and "flagrantly trying to mislead the international community".

    He said Russia had destroyed all of its chemical weapons - and that this action was supervised/audited by "western partners".

    "Yet still Britain keeps saying nobody but Russia has the substance and motive," he continued, and pointed instead to actors with an interest in spreading anti-Russian sentiment.

    "Russia has neither the substance nor the motive.

    "For Britain suspicion is the queen of evidence," he said.

    Mr Lavrov said there had been no progress in resolving the standoff with London over the poisoning, adding that the UK had not officially requested information about the novichok nerve agent used in the Salisbury attack.

    https://news.sky.com/story/live-spy-poison-deadline-passes-as-russia-threatens-response-11289189

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    23 Russian diplomats have a week to quit UK over spy poisoning

    Russia accuses Britain of "misleading the world" on the spy poisoning, as the UN prepares to discuss the nerve agent attack.

    16:14

    Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has welcomed Nato support.

    He said: "I strongly welcome Nato's statement of support following the disgraceful use of a military-grade nerve agent on UK soil.

    "Nato is the foundation of UK and Euro-Atlantic defence and security.

    "Our friends and allies stand with us in solidarity, proving this horrifying attack is a blatant breach of international rules and agreements."

    16:10

    Angela Merkel: EU is united on Russia but must keep talking to Russia.

    The German chancellor said: "We take the findings of the British government very seriously ... We will present a common European view here.

    "Nonetheless, I say we can't break off all contacts now. We must still talk with the Russians despite all differences of opinion."

    16:09

     Russia reacts

    The head of the Upper House of Parliament in Russia has called the expulsion of diplomats a "provocation". 

    He has promised Russia will react in a "fast, tough and reciprocal way". 

    https://news.sky.com/story/live-spy-poison-deadline-passes-as-russia-threatens-response-11289189

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
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    Gillingham army in Russia probe: Dorset street surrounded, residents told DON'T LEAVE home

    GILLINGHAM in Dorset is on lockdown with army tanks swarming the streets amid fears traces of the deadly nerve agent Novichok used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter may have spread.

    Police have cordoned off a number of streets in Gillingham, north Dorset and warned residents not to leave their homes without a police escort, according to Somerset Live.

    Dramatic pictures from the scene show army vehicles and ambulances as well as soldiers equipped with chemical protection suits and gas masks.

    Scotland Yard is heading up the wider investigation into the poisoning of Mr Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia.A notice posted in parts of by Gillingham by Dorset Police last night reportedly advised drivers to move their vehicles away from the Hyde Road area of the town.The operation in the north Dorset town has been mounted to seize a recovery vehicle which may have been contaminated by nerve agent after it was used to tow a car driven by 33-year-old Yulia Skripal.Latest images show a vehicle being removed from one of the areas cordoned off by police. 

    Those assisting with the removal can be seen wearing hazmat suits. 

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/931605/russia-uk-news-army-spy-poisoning-gillingham-dorset-evacuated-police-war

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    Gillingham army in Russia probe: Dorset street surrounded, residents told DON'T LEAVE home

    GILLINGHAM in Dorset is on lockdown with army tanks swarming the streets amid fears traces of the deadly nerve agent Novichok used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter may have spread.


    Why would they need tanks there in this situation aside from stirring up panic and putting on a show? 
    Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
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    UK attacks Russia at UN 'crisis meeting'

    Jonathan Allen has told the UN Security Council this is not a "common crime" as he asks allies to "stand with us".

    21:35

    Russia takes last word

    Mr Nebenzia said they were not issued with "a proper request in line with the convention on chemical weapons for which we are ready… we were given a 24-hour ultimatum.

    "We are ready to cooperate with the British government."

    21:33

    Vassily Nebenzia listens to United Kingdom Ambassador Jonathan Allen earlier this afternoon in New York

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    21:32

    Jonathan Allen, for the UK, makes a further statement

    He says: "Isn't the Security Council where countries come where there has been a threat?

    "We believe in the united nations and this council and we want this council to work together to resolve peace and security and of course we will work with Russia on this."

    He adds that under Article 9 we have asked Russia for an explanation and that Russia said the request was "null and void" and that the OPCW is helping with the work.

    He says there is no requirement for the UK to provide samples taken as part of the criminal investigation. 

    He says Britain wanted a quick answer because a key part of the Russia tactics is to delay, delay, delay. He says Britain waited for months for answers when Litvinenko was poisoned and the same mistake will not be made again.

    In response to the quoting of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mr Allen quotes President Putin, who said traitors would choke on the 30 pieces of silver they receive. 

    https://news.sky.com/story/live-spy-poison-deadline-passes-as-russia-threatens-response-11289189

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    ‘UK has chosen CONFRONTATION’ Putin issues WW3 warning over Russian spy attack row

    VLADIMIR Putin's foreign ministry in Russia has hit back at Theresa May's decision to expel Russian diplomats from the UK warning that Prime Minister has chosen "confrontation" with Moscow as tensions soar.

    Russia's foreign ministry said Theresa May's statement was "flagrant provocation" and the UK Government had chosen "confrontation" with Vladimir Putin and Russia.

    Earlier today Mrs May announced the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats as part of a range of measures in response to the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury.

    She added: "The UK government concluded it was highly likely Russia was responsible for this attack."

    The announcement has outraged officials in Moscow and Russia’s federation council speaker Valentina Matviyenko called on Mr Putin to respond “promptly and toughly”.

    According to Russia’s TASS news agency, Ms Matviyenko said: ”Britain has blamed Russia without putting forward any charges.

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/931769/vladimir-putin-russia-ww3-uk-confrontation-russian-spy-attack-theresa-may

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    Russia demands proof as UK 'stands firm'

    Russia denied involvement in the attack against Sergei Skripal and said it was propaganda in "uneducated" Britain.

    21:04, UK,

    22:21

    UK Ambassador addresses the OPCW in The Hague

    Peter Wilson added: "This horrendous incident is now the subject of a UK criminal investigation, and we have legal obligations as a result to ensure that we share our information only in accordance with the law.

    "Russia will complain that we have not shared any samples. There are no provisions in the Convention that require the UK to share its samples collected as part of a criminal investigation with Russia in this type of scenario.

    "Mr Chair, British citizens have been endangered. It was an indiscriminate, brazen and reckless act against the United Kingdom, which put the lives of British citizens at risk. There is a real urgency to resolve this situation.

    "Given what Russia said in this Council yesterday – that our case was founded on lies and dirty information – it is clear that Russia does not plan to address our substantive concerns.

    "Mr Chair, nobody can doubt our commitment to the CWC, particularly at a time when there has been a use of chemical weapons on our territory against our citizens. We will continue to work with the Technical Secretariat, and will keep this Council informed of developments."

    22:18

    UK Ambassador addresses the OPCW in The Hague

    Peter Wilson addressed the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in the Netherlands today as the UN Security Council met in the US.

    He said: "We have engaged bilaterally with the Russian Federation. On 12 March my Foreign Secretary summoned the Russian Ambassador to London and sought explanations from his government within 24 hours.

    "As my Prime Minister has said, we offered the Russian government the opportunity to provide an explanation. We explained to Russia that if it had somehow lost control of its stock, it needed to immediately provide full disclosure of the programme, and account for this loss. But their response has demonstrated complete disdain for the gravity of these events.

    "Russia has provided no explanation; and no meaningful response.

    "No explanation as to how this agent came to be used in the United Kingdom; no explanation as to why Russia has an undeclared chemical weapons programme contravening its obligations under the chemical weapons convention.

    "Instead they have treated the first ever aggressive use of a nerve agent in Europe with sarcasm, contempt and defiance."

    21:46

    "The UK is not required to share samples" of the nerve agent used in the Salisbury poisoning says the UK's representative to the UN following Russia's request. Follow live updates: https://trib.al/dB6hAhI 

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    "We do not speak the language of ultimatums" says the Russian ambassador to the UN in response to Theresa May's deadline over the Salisbury poisoning

    https://news.sky.com/story/live-spy-poison-deadline-passes-as-russia-threatens-response-11289189
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    UK TAKES SKRIPAL CASE TO UN, NOT THE HAGUE, AS THEY ARE SCARED OF PROFESSIONAL PROBE - RUSSIAN ENVOY

    Russian envoy to UN asks about Salisbury case, says Moscow ready for open probe

    Russia's envoy to the UN has demanded proof of Russia's involvement in the incident in Salisbury. He also asked members of UNSC to think who would benefit from these accusations.

    Vasily Nebenzya said the UK dragged this case to the UN rather than addressing a relevant international body in the Hague because it is scared of a professional probe. Most of the UK's claims are in the form of "highly likely," Nebenzya said.

    He said that the letter from Theresa May included unjustified accusations that Moscow had something to do with the use of toxic agents in Salisbury.

    "We were given 24 hours to confess to a crime," he said. "We do not speak the language of ultimatums."

    https://www.rt.com/news/421322-nebenzia-un-skripal-uk/

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    West launches massive campaign to kick ‘inconvenient’ Russia out of UN Security Council – Senator

    The West has launched a large-scale campaign to remove Russia from the UN Security Council (UNSC), Senator Sergey Kalashnikov said, commenting on the UK's accusations against Moscow over the poisoning of Sergei Skripal.

    “The West has launched a massive operation in order to kick Russia out of the UN Security Council,” Kalashnikov said, as cited by RIA Novosti. “Russia is now a very inconvenient player for the Western nations and this explains all the recent attacks on our country.”

    The Senator believes that in order to curb Russia’s membership there is going to be an attempt to reform the principal UN body tasked with the maintenance of international peace and security. The Russian Federal Council member reminded that the USSR, to which Russia is the legal successor, has been an integral part of the UNSC since its establishment in 1946.

    On Wednesday, Labor MP Chris Leslie addressed May on the issue of reforming the UN Security Council in order to limit Russia’s rights within the body during a parliament session.

    Leslie argued that Russia was “increasingly looking like a rogue state,” adding that “we must now begin to talk about reform” of the UNSC. “Russia can’t be allowed to simply sit pretty, thumbing its nose to the rest of the world community and feeling that it’s immune from the rule of law internationally,” Leslie said.

    May responded by saying that Leslie was not the only one to stress the need for changes within the UNSC, promising that “this is something that we will look at.”

    https://www.rt.com/news/421316-russia-uk-may-unsc/

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    Russia calls UK’s ‘hostile’ actions a provocation, vows response

    The UK’s hostile actions against Russia under the pretext of the poisoning of ex-double agent Sergei Skripal are an unprecedented provocation which won’t be left without a response, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said.

    UK Prime Minister Theresa May accused Russia of using a chemical weapon on British soil, suggesting a set of measures to retaliate against Moscow. Those include the expulsion of 23 diplomats, limiting ties and freezing Russian state assets in the UK.

    The British move is “an unprecedentedly rude provocation, which undermines the foundations of a normal dialogue between our countries,” the ministry said in a statement.

    The ministry said that "the British government chose confrontation with Russia" instead of completing the investigation and using international formats “including those in the framework of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons [OPCW].” 

    "It’s obvious that by opting for unilateral and non-transparent methods of investigating this incident, the British authorities have once again tried to unleash an indiscriminate anti-Russian campaign,” the statement read.

    Moscow said that it was “unacceptable and unworthy” for the UK leadership to further escalate tensions in relations with Russia “in pursuit of its own deplorable political aims.”

    “Of course, our response [to the UK sanctions] is forthcoming,” the Foreign Ministry concluded.

    https://www.rt.com/usa/421302-uk-hostile-action-rude-provocation/

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    Trump blames Russia for Salisbury spy poisoning


    Donald Trump says it "looks like" Russia was behind the Salisbury spy poisoning as Theresa May visits the attack site.

    Key Points

    • Trump says 'look like' Russia was behind Salisbury poisoning
    • UK, US, France and Germany issue statement criticising Russia
    • Theresa May visits Salisbury poisoning site
    • Russia to expel UK diplomats over Britain's response
    • Defence Secretary tells Russia to 'go away and shut up'
    • Jeremy Corbyn says evidence on attack 'points towards Russia'
    • Ex-spy Sergei Skripal and daughter in critical condition
    16:34

    Russia denies Novichok production

    Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov says neither Russia nor the Soviet Union had run a programme to develop the Novichok nerve gas used to poison Sergei Skripal, according to Interfax news agency.

    16:27

    Embassy threats

    Russia's ambassador to the United Kingdom says the Russian Embassy in London is receiving threats against its diplomats.

    Alexander Yakovenko's told Russian media that the embassy is receiving "a mass of messages" and some are from people vowing "to take reprisals on diplomats".

    He said: "There are quite a lot of mentally unbalanced people and people with a criminal past. You can expect anything from them."

    6:09

    Trump: Looks like Russia was behind spy poisoning

    US President Donald Trump says he has spoken to Theresa May about the Salisbury spy poisoning, calling the attack "a sad situation".

    "It certainly looks like the Russians were behind it," he said after a meeting with Irish leader Leo Varadkar.

    https://news.sky.com/story/live-johnson-calls-for-allied-support-over-russia-poisoning-stand-11290329

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    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
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    Salisbury attack: Defence Secretary tells Russia to 'go away and shut up'

    Gavin Williamson raises the prospect of a new Cold War with Moscow, warning: "It's feeling exceptionally chilly at the moment."

    The Defence Secretary has told Russia it should "go away and shut up" rather than contemplate tit-for-tat measures over the Salisbury nerve agent attack.

    After the Prime Minister announced the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats over Moscow's use of novichok in the Wiltshire city, the Kremlin has threatened retaliatory action.

    But Gavin Williamson warned Russia against escalating the diplomatic battle over the attempted murder of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

    https://news.sky.com/story/salisbury-attack-defence-secretary-tells-russia-to-go-away-and-shut-up-11290722

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    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
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    Putin ‘extremely concerned’ over UK’s ‘destructive, provocative’ stance in Skripal case – Kremlin

    In his first public reaction to ex-spy Sergei Skripal’s poisoning, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was “extremely concerned” by the “destructive and provocative” stance of the UK, according to a Kremlin spokesman.

    “detailed discussion” of the current crisis in Russian-UK relations was held when Putin met with top officials from the Russian government, military and security services on Thursday, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said. “Extreme concern was expressed about the destructive and provocative stance taken by the British side,” the spokesman added.

    It was Putin’s first public reaction since the UK announced steps against Moscow on Wednesday. Accusing Russia of using a chemical weapon on British soil, Prime Minister Theresa May said the UK was expelling 23 diplomats, limiting ties and freezing Russian state assets.

    May went as far as to confront Russia with an ultimatum, demanding an explanation as to what had happened to Skripal. Moscow rejected the demand, saying that it was open to cooperation only if Russia was treated as an equal partner in the probe. However, all the official requests for evidence have fallen on deaf ears.

    The UK meanwhile dragged the issue to the UN Security Council, where Russian envoy Vassily Nebenzya stressed that Moscow has “nothing to hide.” He said the UK was more interested in waging “propagandist war” than finding the truth in the Skripal case.

    https://www.rt.com/news/421397-putin-extremely-concerned-skripal/

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    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
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    Kremlin warns UK is walking a 'dangerous' and 'INSANE' path

    RUSSIA has described Theresa May’s claims that Vladimir Putin's Moscow was to blame for the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia as “insane” as tensions between the UK and the Kremlin prompt fears of World War 3.

    Russia, including its decision to expel 23 Russian diplomats from the UK, was extraordinarily dangerous.

    She warned Moscow was still working on retaliatory measures against Britain for the biggest such expulsion since the Cold War following the poisoning, which left Mr Skripal and his daughter critically ill.

    At a routine briefing, Ms Zakharova told reporters she wanted to comment on "the statements made by the prime minister of Britain in parliament with completely insane accusations towards the Russian Federation, our entire country, our entire people”.

    She said: "In connection with the introduction by Britain of unfriendly steps towards Russia, we plan to introduce reciprocal steps, without doubt... They are currently being worked on and will be adopted in the near future.”

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/932091/Russia-war-news-UK-Putin-reaction-sanctions-world-war-3

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    ‘Britain will allow for independent tests on nerve agent’ – UK FM Johnson

    Boris Johnson has said the UK will allow for an independent international examination of the nerve agent which was used in the attack on the former double agent Sergei Skripal.

    Writing in Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper, the UK Foreign Minister said the poisoning of the former spy was part of a “pattern of lawless behavior” by Russia. He also announced that the UK government will give international experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in the Hague the opportunity to review Britain’s analysis of the poison which left Skripal and his daughter Yulia in critical condition in hospitalon March 4.

    “[We are working] to give them the opportunity to confirm our analysis independently," Johnson wrote. Meanwhile, Britain’s National Security Adviser Mark Sedwill has told the Western NATO alliance that attack is an issue for all NATO members. Sedwill accused Moscow of attempting to murder Skripal in Salisbury, adding that the UK “will support allies who face similar threats.”

    https://www.rt.com/news/421438-skripal-nerve-agent-investigation/

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    Russia hits back at 'harridan' Defence Sec

    Russia brands Gavin Williamson's rhetoric "worthy of a harridan" which reflects his "intellectual impotence".

    Key Points:

    • Trump says it 'looks like' Russia was behind Salisbury poisoning
    • Theresa May visits Salisbury poisoning site
    • Defence Secretary tells Russia to 'go away and shut up'
    • Jeremy Corbyn says evidence on attack 'points towards Russia'
    • Russia's deputy foreign minister denies novichok production
    20:38

    Russia hits back at Williamson

    The Russian Defence Ministry has hit back at Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, who said Russia "should go away and shut up" amid tensions over the Salisbury poisoning.

    Its spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkov, called Mr Williamson's "rhetoric worthy of a harridan" and said it reflected "his intellectual impotence".

    He added: "The boorish language is apparently the only thing left in the British military arsenal."

    According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a harridan is a "strict, bossy, or belligerent old woman".

    https://news.sky.com/story/live-johnson-calls-for-allied-support-over-russia-poisoning-stand-11290329

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    Former Georgia president Mikheil Saakashvili says the West should fear Putin

    He believes the Salisbury attack was on the orders of President Putin and that the West has has repeatedly underestimated him.

    One of President Putin's longest standing opponents has told Sky News that the Salisbury attack was the consequence of Western indifference to an ever-evolving threat from Russia and that the UK was targeted because it is perceived as weak. 

    The former President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, now living in exile in Amsterdam, said: "I think that for some reason Russia believed that the UK would be softer on Russia than, say, the United States.

    "I don't imagine him doing the same now on Trump's America, because that might trigger unpredictable reactions from Trump. For some reason he believes there will not be the same reaction from the UK long term."

    However he praised Prime Minister Theresa May's handling of the Salisbury incident, saying: "It was swift, no nonsense language and she appeared as someone strong and resolute."

    Speaking about President Putin he said: "The guy has been evolving and evolving in a worse direction and he has been moving his red lines all the time.

    "Moving the red line, crossing it and moving it again. He has been warning about moving it, hearing his own voice, seeing the lack of reaction from the West and moving it further."

    https://news.sky.com/story/former-georgia-president-mikheil-saakashvili-says-the-west-should-fear-putin-11291712

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    http://www.crisisforums.org/discussion/55500/russian-spy-critical-in-salisbury-hospital-after-exposure-to-unknown-substance-updates After thirteen days, do detectives really STILL not know how spy was poisoned? Now police say his daughter might have brought it from Russia in her suitcase - but it is just the latest of a series of bizarre theories

    Thirteen days on  do detectives even know how spy was poisoned

    Thirteen days after Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were attacked with a nerve agent in Salisbury, police appear to be no nearer any answers as to how the pair were poisoned.  Theories banded around in the past fortnight have been that the pair were directly sprayed with the nerve agent on the bench they were found slumped on (top left), they were poisoned in Zizzi (top, centre left) or The Mill pub (top, centre right), the toxin was posted through his letterbox (top right), a bouquet of flowers at the Sergei's wife's grave (bottom left) was laced with the deadly substance Novichok and the lethal toxin being smeared on the former agent's car door handle (bottom, centre left) or in the BMW's ventilation system (bottom, centre right). Now, it is understood investigators have turned their attentions to Yulia's suitcase (bottom right, file photo) in a bid to find out exactly how she and her father ended up fighting for their lives after falling unconscious on March 4. But Scotland Yard's top officers are still keeping the public in the dark and a series of conflicting leaks from the investigation suggests they are no nearer the truth.


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5507959/Thirteen-days-detectives-know-spy-poisoned.html

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    British police launch murder probe into death of Russian Nikolai Glushkov in London

    A post-mortem examination gave the cause of Nikolai Glushkov's death at his home in New Malden as compression to the neck.

    16:15, UK,

    British counter-terror police have launched a murder investigation into the death of Russian Nikolai Glushkov in London.

    The Metropolitan Police said a post-mortem examination found the cause of the 68-year-old's death was compression to the neck.

    Mr Glushkov, who had received political asylum in Britain after being jailed in Russia for money laundering and fraud, was found dead at his home in New Malden, southwest London on Monday.

    Scotland Yard said its Counter-Terrorism Command is leading the investigation "because of the associations Mr Glushkov is believed to have had".

    https://news.sky.com/story/british-police-launch-murder-probe-into-death-of-russian-nikolai-glushkov-in-london-11292406

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    Russia accuses Britain of "hiding" details in Skripal case

    Russian ambassador to the UK says "maybe nothing happened at all" as he accuses Britain of hiding details about the Skripals.

    https://news.sky.com/story/live-johnson-calls-for-allied-support-over-russia-poisoning-stand-11290329

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    Is The UK Manufacturing Its Nerve Agent Case For 'Action' On Russia?

    Fri, 03/16/2018 - 05:00

    Authored by Nafeez Ahmed via Oriental Review,

    The official claim that ‘Novichok’ points solely to Russia has been discredited...

    On Monday, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that former Russian spy, Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia, were poisoned with “a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia” known as ‘Novichok’.

    The chemical agent was identified by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down. May referred to the British government’s “knowledge that Russia has previously produced this agent and would still be capable of doing so” as a basis to conclude that Russia’s culpability in the attack “is highly likely.”

    On these grounds, she claimed that only two scenarios are possible:

    “Either this was a direct act by the Russian State against our country. Or the Russian government lost control of this potentially catastrophically damaging nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others.”

    The British government’s line has been chorused uncritically by the entire global press corps, with little scrutiny of its plausibility.

    But there is a problem: far from offering a clear-cut evidence-trail to Vladimir Putin’s chemical warfare labs, the use of Novichok in the nerve gas attack on UK soil points to a wider set of potential suspects, of which Russia is in fact the least likely.

    read more:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-15/uk-manufacturing-its-nerve-agent-case-action-russia




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    Breaking. Of a Type Developed by Liars: The Evolving “Novichok” Nerve Agent Saga

    Global Research, March 16, 2018

    I have now received confirmation from a well placed FCO source that Porton Down scientists are not able to identify the nerve gas as being of Russian manufacture, and have been resentful of the pressure being placed on them to do so. Porton Down would only sign up to the formulation “of a type developed by Russia” after a rather difficult meeting where this was agreed as a compromise formulation. The Russians were allegedly researching, in the “Novichok” programme a generation of nerve agents which could be produced from commercially available precursors such as insecticides and fertilisers. This substance is a “novichok” in that sense. It is of that type. Just as I am typing on a laptop of a type developed by the United States, though this one was made in China.

    To anybody with a Whitehall background this has been obvious for several days. The government has never said the nerve agent was made in Russia, or that it can only be made in Russia. The exact formulation “of a type developed by Russia” was used by Theresa May in parliament, used by the UK at the UN Security Council, used by Boris Johnson on the BBC yesterday and, most tellingly of all, “of a type developed by Russia” is the precise phrase used in the joint communique issued by the UK, USA, France and Germany yesterday:

    This use of a military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russia, constitutes the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War.

    When the same extremely careful phrasing is never deviated from, you know it is the result of a very delicate Whitehall compromise. My FCO source, like me, remembers the extreme pressure put on FCO staff and other civil servants to sign off the dirty dossier on Iraqi WMD, some of which pressure I recount in my memoir Murder in Samarkand. She volunteered the comparison to what is happening now, particularly at Porton Down, with no prompting from me.

    Separately I have written to the media office at OPCW to ask them to confirm that there has never been any physical evidence of the existence of Russian Novichoks, and the programme of inspection and destruction of Russian chemical weapons was completed last year.

    Did you know these interesting facts?

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    https://www.globalresearch.ca/of-a-type-developed-by-liars-the-evolving-novichok-nerve-agent-saga/5632406

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    Russia summons UK ambassador amid spy tensions

    Talks will take place later this morning, with UK ambassador expulsions expected to follow

    The British ambassador to Russia has been summoned for talks with the Russian Foreign Ministry, Tass news agency reports.

    Laurie Bristow met with Russian deputy foreign minister Vladimir Titov on Tuesday, amid heightening tensions following the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury.

    https://news.sky.com/story/british-ambassador-summoned-to-russian-ministry-11293252

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    Russian diplomat insists Moscow has never possessed novichok nerve agent

    A Russian ambassador tells Sky News the first time he heard of the nerve agent was when Theresa May mentioned it in Parliament.

    One of Russia's most senior diplomats has told Sky News his country has never possessed a nerve agent with the codename "novichok" and has destroyed all its chemical weapons.

    Alexander Shulgin is Russia's ambassador to the Netherlands and also the Russian representative at the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

    "There has never been any programme under the group name 'novichok' in the Russian Federation," he said. "Back to 1992, Russia stopped all the activities in the area of military chemistry.

    "Last year we completed the destruction of all chemical arsenals and the completion of this programme was duly certified by the OPCW."

    https://news.sky.com/story/russian-diplomat-insists-moscow-has-never-possessed-novichok-nerve-agent-11292792

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    MOSCOW SHUTS BRITISH COUNCIL & EXPELS 23 DIPLOMATS IN RESPONSE TO UK MOVE

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    Britain and allies plan next steps against Russia

    Theresa May has said Britain "would never tolerate" a threat from Russia to Britain or its citizens amid escalating retaliation.

    22:17, UK,

    The Government is preparing further moves against Russia following a day of tit-for-tat action over the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal. 

    Speaking at the Conservative spring forum on Saturday, Theresa May said Britain "would never tolerate a threat to the life" of its citizens, or others in the country, from the Russian government.

    "This act of Russian aggression is the very antithesis of the liberal and democratic values that define the United Kingdom," she said.

    The pledge comes as 23 British diplomats based in Russia begin packing their bags as they are expelled from the country in retaliation for Russian representatives being told to leave the UK.

    It is thought most or all are intelligence officers.

    https://news.sky.com/story/britain-and-allies-plan-next-steps-against-russia-11294406


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    UK, Slovakia, Sweden, Czech Republic among most probable sources of ‘Novichok’ – Moscow

    The substance used in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal may have originated from the countries studying the “Novichok” nerve agent, including the UK, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Sweden, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

    “The most likely source of origin of the toxin are the countries which have been carrying out intense research on the substances from the ‘Novichok’ program, approximately since the end of the 1990s until the present time, and this project is not the creation of Russia or the Soviet Union,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Saturday. She listed the UK, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Sweden among the countries involved.

    The US should also “be put under question,” Zakharova said in an interview with the state broadcaster VGTRK.

    “How did they come to the conclusion about a Russian ‘footprint’ if they didn’t give us those samples? Logically they shouldn’t have this substance. Which samples have they compared with to draw such a conclusion?” she went on. “Questions arise: then, they should have samples, which they conceal, or it is a lie from start to finish.”

    “If the UK prime minister and other British experts give the formula, then it will be clear which countries have been developing these agents,” Zakharova said.

    https://www.rt.com/news/421591-uk-produce-novichok-agent/

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    Chemical weapons expert says nerve agent used to poison Russian spy could not have been smuggled in his daughter's bag as it would have ‘killed hundreds on the plane’

    • Igor Nikulin said the nerve agent could not have been transported from Russia 
    • Said it would have left 'hundreds of corpses' in its wake if smuggled on plane 
    • Nikulin said that the nerve agent 'cannot be applied without being noticed'  
    • Claimed person who carried out attack was 'unskilled' and put 'people at risk'

    Russia went into overdrive tonight accusing the West over the poisoning ofSergei Skripal and his daughter.

    It fielded experts to claim that deadly Novichok could not have been transported in Yulia Skripal's bag from Moscow as the deadly nerve agent would have left 'hundreds of corpses' in its wake.  

    The Russians even alleged that Skripal, a double agent who fed secrets to Britain while working for Russia's GRU military intelligence, may have been involved in chemical weapons smuggling.

    Igor Nikulin, a former chemical weapons advisor to the UN secretary general, said: 'The version with Yulia Skripal's suitcase is absolutely invented out of thin air.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5513841/Nerve-agent-used-kill-spy-not-smuggled-plane-Russia-says.html
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    Johnson says Russia 'stockpiling' novichok

    Updates from the Sunday politics shows as diplomatic ties between London and Moscow worsen.

    12:53, UK,

    Key points

    • Boris Johnson says Russia has been "stockpiling" novichok
    • International chemical weapons watchdog to visit UK on Monday
    • Shadow chancellor John McDonnell says Vladimir Putin is "responsible whichever way you look at it".

    13:57

    Former Conservative chancellor: Corbyn's behaviour "disgraceful"

    George Osborne said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had "ended up sounding like an apologist for the Russian regime", and that his behaviour had "frankly been disgraceful".

    Speaking at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai, Mr Osborne added: "He's perfectly entitled to raise questions about the Government's response. 

    "He is the opposition leader and we have an opposition in a democracy precisely to raise questions.

    "But to appear as a kind of apologist for the Russian regime or to suggest Russia somehow was framed in some kind of elaborate conspiracy involving MI6 and the CIA and all that is just nonsense and has further reminded people of his unsuitability to be prime minister in my view."

    13:47

    Results from tests of nerve agent samples to take minimum of 14 days 

    The Foreign Office says the results of tests by independent investigators from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on samples of the nerve agent used in the Salisbury attack are expected to take a "minimum of two weeks".

    13:39

    Government will come "under huge pressure" to reveal novichok evidence

    Boris’s claim that UK has evidence Russia has been developing Novichok for international assassinations for the last decade is biggest story of the morning. Govt will come under huge pressure to reveal the evidence now #Marr

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    Johnson says UK to hand Skripal evidence to OPCW as he points finger at Moscow

    The UK will hand the nerve agent used in ex-double agent Sergei Skripal’s poisoning to a UN watchdog, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said as he accused Russia of stockpiling the chemical.

    Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Johnson said experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) would arrive in the UK on Monday to test samples of the substance.

    Johnson then accused Russia of creating and storing the so-called ‘Novichok’ nerve agent, claiming that the UK has “evidence… collected over the past 10 years” that Moscow has been developing nerve agents “for the purpose of committing murder.”

    Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Saturday dismissed the claim that the nerve agent, thought to be a Soviet-era invention, was a Russian “project.” She said that in post-Soviet times it is countries such as the UK, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Sweden, and possibly the US, that studied the substance with keen interest and could have been the origin for the toxin used in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.

    The results of testing by the OPCW are expected to take a “minimum of two weeks,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.

    https://www.rt.com/uk/421625-skripal-evidence-opcw-johnson/

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    Critically-ill daughter of poisoned Russian spy Sergei Skripal was in a 'stormy relationship with a secret service agent working for Putin'


    Sergei Skripal and his daughter remain in hospital following a nerve agent attackThe former Russian spy and Yulia were found collapsed on a bench in Salisbury She was dating a man who was a secret service agent working for Vladimir Putin

    The critically-ill daughter of poisoned Russian spy Sergei Skripal was dating a secret service agent, it was revealed today. 

    Yulia Skripal, 33, was with her father when the pair were attacked with a nerve agent in Salisbury, Wiltshire, two weeks ago.

    The pair collapsed in the city and are still fighting for their lives in hospital following the incident which shocked the world. 

    And it has now emerged that Yulia was in a stormy relationship with a man who is believed to have been working for Vladimir Putin.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5514907/Sergei-Skripals-daughter-Yulia-dating-secret-service-agent.html
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    “Operation Novichok”: Prime Minister May’s “Conspiracy Theory”

    Global Research, March 18, 2018

    Introduction

    A British M16 agent, Sergei Skripal, is found in a public bench at Salisbury, and taken to hospital with symptoms of poisoning. Simultaneously, Western media refers the event as to the “Russian spy attack”, [1] and the expression “Russian Novichok” filled its headlines [2]. Ensuing, PM Therese May affirmed, “highly likely” that Russia was behind, and carried in with highly publicized diplomatic sanctions.

    Amidst the public discussion in UK government and political elites on whether would be necessary to call for N° 5 NATO-clause on ‘solidarity armed response’, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg quickly declared “this incident is of great concern to NATO” [3].

    Furthermore, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, declared that her government “stands in absolute solidarity with Great Britain.” [4] Fair enough, expected. But The Guardian, UK utmost state-megaphone after BBC, thundered this fake news: “The U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, said the attack clearly came from Russia, and would have consequences.” [5] In fact, Tillerson did instead say, “Nerve agent in Salisbury attack clearly came from Russia” [6] [See image below].

    The daring spin by the Guardian exposed in my tweet of 13 March seen above (The Guardian changed later its phrasing on Tillerson’s declarations) [7] indicates one important purpose of this anti-Russia campaign’s design: It is about gather international support for a retaliation against the one who is presented as “clearly the attacker”.

    Concomitantly, the distinction between “the attack clearly came from Russia” and “the nerve agent clearly came from Russia” is also relevant in refuting the UK allegations. Because, even if it would be established that the nerve agent was created time ago in the Soviet Union, that by no means is proof that the attack was Russia’s design, neither that its perpetrators came from Russia.

    Nevertheless, as recently pointed out in my interview with Sputnik International (13 March), [8] the TASS wire (16 March) [9] and Izvestia TV (16 March) [10] neither the nerve agent Novichok was ever been produced in Russia, but in Uzbekistan. See details in Section I, below.


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    https://www.globalresearch.ca/operation-novichok-prime-minister-mays-conspiracy-theory/5632529

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  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator
    could remoaners be behind it to stop Brexit?.. would they really go that far?
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    Russian Double Agent Reportedly Poisoned Through BMW Air Vents As 38 Others Sickened

    Sun, 03/18/2018 - 21:50

    Former Russian double-agent Sergey Skripal may have been poisoned through his BMW E90 320d's ventilation system, according to ABC News.

    Burgandy E90 320d owned by Skripal

    To accomplish this (and without poisoning themselves), the assassin(s) would have either needed to gain access to the interior of Skripal's BMW to apply the nerve agent into the vents - or possibly pop the hood, as the cabin filtration system includes a mostly-enclosed pollen filter which draws air from two obscure inlets which might be difficult to access with the hood closed.

     

    ABC also notes that 38 individuals were also affected by the nerve agent - placed in Skripal's air vents. Perhaps, some have suggested, Skripal and his daughter pulled over to exit the car, left the doors open, and people walking by received a non-lethal dosage. 

    The intelligence officials told ABC News up to 38 individuals in Salisbury have been identified as having been affected by the nerve agent but the full impact is still being assessed and more victims sickened by the agent are expected to be identified -ABC

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    Timing of Salisbury attack is linked to Russian election – Boris Johnson 

    UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson has told the Foreign Affairs Committee that the timing of the Salisbury attack on ex-Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter was linked to the recent Russian election.

    Johnson pointed the finger unequivocally at Russia over the spy poisoning, telling the Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) that the attack on Skripal was a message for Russian defectors: “No one can escape the long arm of Russian revenge.”

    Continuing, Johnson also said that the A-234 nerve agent (also known as Novichok) was used: “to put a Russian signature on the deed and by using a specific type of nerve agent developed in the Soviet Union, in Russia. It was a sign that no former Russian agent was immune.”

    Johnson told the committee of lawmakers that the timing of the attack was likely linked to the weekend’s Russian presidential election, which incumbent Vladimir Putin won by a landslide. “The timing (of the Salisbury attack) is probably more closely connected with the recent election in Russia,” Johnson said. “And as many non-democratic figures do when facing an election or facing some critical political moment, it is often attractive to conjure up in the public imagination the notion of an enemy.”

    https://www.rt.com/uk/421930-boris-johnson-skripal-election/

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    why would he do it? it was not like he was going to lose the election.

    and they hardly benefit from this, but others do
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    Boris Johnson suggests Vladimir Putin will use Russia World Cup 'like Hitler did'

    All the latest updates as the Foreign Secretary fields questions from the Foreign Affairs committee in Parliament.

    https://news.sky.com/story/live-boris-johnson-faces-grilling-over-russia-and-brexit-11298986

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    Russia slams Britain's 'island mentality' in Salisbury spy poisoning rant

    The Kremlin escalates the war of words over the Salisbury poisoning, as chemical weapons inspectors are spotted at the scene.

    Moscow has accused Britain of "Russophobia" and having an "island mentality" in a remarkable escalation of the war of words over the Salisbury spy poisoning.

    During a meeting of foreign ambassadors to give Russia's view of the nerve agent attack on former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, the Kremlin claimed:

    :: Britain either was not able to prevent a "terrorist attack" on its soil or "orchestrated" the poisoning
    :: The UK was "hiding facts" and could destroy evidence
    :: The affair was evidence of Britain's "Russophobia" and "island mentality"
    :: The chemical weapon novichok was not used, saying people would have died straight away if that had been the case

    https://news.sky.com/story/russia-slams-britains-island-mentality-in-salisbury-poisoning-rant-11298747

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    Skripal was of ‘zero value’ to Russia after spy swap, so why poison him? – Kremlin spokesman

    Poisoned double-agent Sergei Skripal was of zero value to Moscow after he was handed over by Russia to Britain, Dmitry Peskov, President Putin’s press-secretary, said in an exclusive interview with RT.

    The press-secretary also pointed out that Russia had no motive to target Skripal, who was found unconscious with his daughter in Salisbury earlier in March. Britain is accusing Russia of poisoning them with a Soviet-era nerve agent.

    “He was handed in to Britain as a result of an exchange. So, why should Russia hand in a man that is of any importance or that is of any value? It’s unimaginable. If he’s handed in – so Russia quits with him. He’s of zero value or zero importance,”Peskov said, referring to a “spy swap” in which Russia released four British spies, including Skripal, in exchange for 10 Russian agents. He also said that Skripal should be called “British spy” as he worked for the MI6 intelligence agency. “He is a Russian citizen, but he is not a Russian spy,” he said.

    https://www.rt.com/news/421974-skripal-peskov-rt-interview/

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    Russia brands Boris Johnson's Putin-Hitler comparison 'disgusting'

    Russia has hit out at Boris Johnson likening Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler, calling it "disgusting" and "unacceptable".

    The Foreign Secretary suggested the Russian President will "glory" in this summer's World Cup in a similar way to the German dictator during the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

    Mr Johnson told a committee of MPs it was "an emetic prospect" to think of Mr Putin "glorying in this sporting event", as he agreed it would be comparable to the Olympics held in Nazi Germany.

    "I think the comparison with 1936 is certainly right," Mr Johnson said.

    https://news.sky.com/story/russia-brands-boris-johnsons-putin-hitler-comparison-disgusting-11299806

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    Second police officer investigating Russian spy nerve agent attack is being treated in hospital for poisoning

    • Sergei Skripal, 66, and daughter Yulia, 33, were found slumped on bench in Salisbury city centre on March 4
    • They are still in hospital, with Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, after being poisoned with deadly nerve agent
    • Now it has emerged that a second police officer investigating the attack is being treated in hospital for suspected poisoning 
    • Counter-terror officers are working on one line of inquiry that Yulia unwittingly brought over a contaminated item from Moscow 
    • Claimed scale of probe has meant that biochemical suits worn by terror officers are running low as they are removed every three hours and destroyed

    A second police officer investigating the Salisbury nerve agent attack is being treated in hospital for suspected poisoning.

    The uniformed PC is understood to have developed minor symptoms, including skin irritation, and is receiving treatment as an outpatient.

    He is said to have come into contact with an object that possibly had 'secondary contamination'.

    Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, who was rushed to hospital following the incident, is now stable after being critically ill.

    However, the target of the attack, former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, continue to receive intensive care as they fight for their lives.

    A source told MailOnline: 'The second officer is showing potential signs of poisoning but they are very minor and not at all on the same scale as DS Bailey and the Skripals.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5532029/Second-cop-probing-spy-attack-treated-hospital-poisoning.html
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    ‘No way’ nerve agent could escape UK lab? Russia demands info on Porton Down toxin research

     
    Porton Down lab claims no toxins could have escaped it’s “four walls,” but has never denied the possession of the nerve agent used on the Skripals, the Russian Embassy said, urging the UK to disclose its chemical warfare program.

    The origin of the mysterious nerve agent, used on March 4 to poison former Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, has been the main point of contention in the unraveling international scandal. While Britain claims that the alleged A-234 nerve agent – also known as Novichok – was a Soviet development and thus could only have been used by Russia, Moscow contends that the chemical has since been studied by numerous parties and could have been re-engineered elsewhere, including in the UK itself.

    Last week, in an interview with the BBC, Russia’s ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, noted that a secret military research lab at Porton Down, which is located roughly seven miles from the scene of the incident, could have manufactured the deadly agent. Among its other military-related research, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) specializes in Chemical, Biological and Radiological warfare.

    In an attempt to refute the claim, which challenges the British narrative of the Skripal case, the BBC visited the DSTL research lab, where Chief Executive Gary Aitkenhead firmly denied that any deadly nerve agents could have escaped the “four walls” of the military facility.

    “We would not be allowed to operate if we had lack of control that could result in anything leaving the four walls of our facility here,”Aitkenhead told BBC on Friday. “There’s no way that agent would have left. We have complete confidence that nothing could have come from here out into the wider world.”

    https://www.rt.com/uk/422252-porton-down-lab-chemical-skripal/

    No way nerve agent could escape UK lab Russia demands info on Porton Down toxin research
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    Trump expels 60 Russian diplomats over Salisbury spy poisoning

    Donald Trump expels 60 Russians from the US over the Salisbury spy poisoning in a coordinated global mass expulsion of diplomats.

    15:13

    The Netherlands is expelling two Russians

    15:13

    Estonia has expelled its Russian defence attache.

    15:13

    The Czech Republic's prime minister, Andrej Babiš, said he is expelling three Russian embassy staff.

    15:09

    Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko said the country will expel 13 Russian diplomats.

    15:08

    Lithuania is expelling three Russian diplomats and banning 44 people from entering the country.

    15:07

    Latvia is expelling one Russian diplomat.

    15:07

    France says it is also expelling four Russian diplomats.

    15:06

    Poland's foreign minister Czaputowicz said four Russian diplomats in the country have been expelled.

    15:05

    Germany has expelled four Russian diplomats, the country's foreign ministry confirmed.

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    edited March 26

    14 EU states announce mass co-ordinated expulsion of Russian diplomats over Skripal case

    Fourteen members of the EU have decided to expel Russian diplomats over the Sergei Skripal case, European Council president Donald Tusk has confirmed. It comes despite zero evidence proving that Moscow was responsible.

    Donald Tusk stated that further action could be taken.

    Germany, France and Poland have expelled four diplomats each, respective foreign ministries confirmed on Monday. The Netherlands and Denmark will expel two diplomats each, their foreign ministries said.

    Italy is expelling two Russian diplomats, while Lithuania has expelled three, according to that country’s foreign minister. The Czech Republic will expel the same number. 

    https://www.rt.com/news/422342-germany-poland-diplomats/

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    How many Russian diplomats have been expelled?
    A total of 108 have been expelled so far today.
    Last week 23 left the UK, meaning a total of 131 have been forced back to Russia in the past week.

    https://news.sky.com/story/live-trump-expels-60-russian-diplomats-over-salisbury-spy-poisoning-11304952

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    Russian Embassy in USA has responded by tweeting a vote on which US consulate to close next in Russia
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    130 potentially exposed to nerve agent as Russians expelled

    Donald Trump expels 60 Russians from the US over the Salisbury spy poisoning in a coordinated global mass expulsion of diplomats.

    Key points

    • World stands united with Britain over nerve attack
    • Donald Trump expels 60 Russian diplomats from US
    • 14 EU countries and Canada are expelling diplomats
    • Further EU measures against Russia possible
    • Russia says it will respond "symmetrically"
    19:12

    Salisbury to be decontaminated

    Later this week a clean-up operation will take place in Salisbury – over three weeks after the nerve agent attack which has left Sergei and Yulia Scripal in a critical condition in hospital.

    Areas included in the decontamination include the Zizzi restaurant where the pair dined just before they were found and The Mill pub which they also visited.

    The process will reportedly take some time to complete.

    Police insist the decontamination is being done only as a precaution and there is no danger to the public.

    https://news.sky.com/story/live-trump-expels-60-russian-diplomats-over-salisbury-spy-poisoning-11304952


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    May Fearmongers Russian Threat As Moscow Claims Nerve Agent Also Developed By US

    Mon, 03/26/2018 - 12:57 Zero Hedge

    UK Prime Minister Theresa May stood up to update the House of Commons following her visit to Brussels, where she successfully made her case against Russia.

    "No other country has the capability, intent, or motive for the attack."

    Which failed still to provide actual evidence.. but one could argue - if one were so inclined - that Washington (or its NATO generals) have the capability, intent, and motive to undertake such a messy attack.

    To cheers, she said:

    “Today 18 countries have announced their intention to expel more than 100 intelligence officers” in what she described as the “largest collective expulsion of Russian intelligence officers in history.”

    She warned that the “challenge of Russia is one that will endure for years to come.”

    May insists she has been led by evidence not speculation:

    “We have information indicating that Russia has investigated ways of delivering nerve agent and has stockpiled small amounts of novichoks.”

    Additionally, she said 130 people in Salisbury may been exposed to the agents used and that Russia came up with “preposterous theories.”

    However, as May makes her case - ever more Colin-Powell-like - a Russian official claims that the United States was developing a similar if not identical nerve agent in the 1990s as the one which was used on Russian double-agent Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal.

    The claim was made by Igor Rybalchenko - head of the laboratory for chemical and analytical control of the scientific center of the Russian Defense Ministry, who says - without evidence (as are the UK's claims against Russia), that the A-234 compound in the "Novichok" family of nerve agents was published into a database maintained by the National Bureau of Standards (NBS).

    "The fact is that back in 1998 when we looked through another version of the spectral library, which was published by the National Bureau of Standards of the United States (NBS), we found a substance there that we found interesting since it was an organophosphorus substance. And we realized that it must have a strong lethal effect. Now it turns out that, judging by the name of this substance, it was just the same nerve agent, A-234," Igor Rybalchenko said. -Sputnik

    The substance was said to be heavy and volatile based on its molecular formula and molecular weight, and that it was also available at the UK's Porton Down laboratory. 

    "I affirm that it exactly corresponds to the formula published by Mirzayanov (Vil Mirzayanov, a Soviet chemist who moved to the USA and the author of the book on the A-234 gas). The chemical name of this substance is A-234 and was named "Novichok" by Boris Johnson, as a substance available in the Porton Down laboratory,” Rybalchenko said.

    That said, due to the fact that the Novichok's chemical structure was never formally classified, according to Professor Alastair Hay at Leeds University, it's possible that the UK has some of the agent.

    read more:
    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-26/russia-claims-skripal-nerve-agent-also-developed-us

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    Putin blasts UK provocation - vows to make ‘final decision’ on ALL those who CHOSE Britain

    VLADIMIR Putin is facing the expulsion of more than 100 suspected Russian spies from around the globe as world leaders rallied behind Britain's fightback after the Salisbury nerve agent outrage.

    Sixty "diplomats" have been ordered out of the US by President Donald Trump in the first move in an extraordinary international wave of punitive action against the Kremlin.

    And 18 other countries, including 14 members of the EU, followed suit in sending Embassy officials home in the biggest collective expulsion of Russian intelligence officers in history.

    Theresa May welcomed the "great solidarity from our friends" around the world in standing up to President Putin's regime.

    "Together we have sent a message that we will not tolerate Russia’s continued attempts to flout international law and undermine our values," the Prime Minister said.

    Mr Putin's Government hit back by describing the expulsions as "a provocative gestures" and hinted about a string of tit-for-tat reprisals.

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/937348/Putin-news-UK-war-latest-Russia-UK-USA

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    Russia to 'respond harshly' to diplomat expulsions

    The Kremlin says it is still open to "constructive cooperation" but hints it will respond with tit-for-tat expulsions.

    10:23

    Ireland's Russian diplomats

    Ireland is expected to expel at least one Russian diplomat later today

    10:20

    Iceland breaks off Russian contact

    Last night Iceland said it has temporarily broken off high-level contacts with Russia in solidarity with Britain.

    Its foreign ministry said it will not send any of its leaders to the World Cup because of the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

    It said the attack is a "grave violation of international law and threatens security and peace in Europe".

    The Iceland football team, which qualified for the first time, will still compete in this summer's tournament.

    10:10

    Turkey condemns poisoning

    The Turkish government has said the use of chemical weapons is a crime against humanity and the perpetrators should be brought to justice.

    However, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said Turkey maintains "positive" ties with Russian and would not be taking any actions against Moscow.

    Turkey is a member of NATO but remains outside the European Union, despite years of wishing to join.

    10:07

    Australia 'blindly' following UK

    Russia's embassy in Canberra said Australia is blindly following Britain by expelling two of its diplomats

    The Australian government said the pair are undeclared intelligence officers and must leave within seven days.

    The embassy said in a statement: "It is astonishing how easily the allies of Great Britain follow it blindly contrary to the norms of civilized bilateral dialogue and international relations, and against ... common sense."

    10:02

    Cabinet meeting

    Theresa May's weekly Cabinet is meeting, as usual, but they arrived at about 8.10am instead of the usual 9.30am indicating the urgency for the Prime Minister to speak with her closest advisers about Monday's mass expulsion of Russian diplomats from across Europe, North America and Australia.

    https://news.sky.com/story/live-russia-to-respond-harshly-over-diplomat-expulsions-11305482

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    Nato to announce 'measures' after Salisbury spy attack

    The Kremlin calls diplomatic expulsions "loutish behaviour" as Theresa May insists partners know the "threat" of Russia.

    Key points

    15:04

    Nato to update 'measures' against Russia

    Nato is going to explain the latest measures against Russia after the poisoning in Salisbury.

    The Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is going to give a press conference at 2.30pm BST.

    https://news.sky.com/story/live-russia-to-respond-harshly-over-diplomat-expulsions-11305482

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    New Zealand bemoans lack of Russian spies to expel in ‘solidarity’ with UK

    New Zealand tried its very best to show “solidarity” with London’s finger-pointing over the Skripal poisoning case, but was unable to identify any Russian spies to expel, according to the country’s prime minister.

    Jacinda Ardern told local media that New Zealand wanted to give some Russia spooks the boot – but couldn’t find any. “We’ve done a check in New Zealand, we don’t have any undeclared intelligence officers. If we did, we would expel them,” Ardern told RNZ.

    The prime minister speculated that the absence of “undeclared intelligence officers” sneaking around New Zealand is probably due to the fact that there isn’t much for the Russians to spy on. “Of course, there’s a range of international interest that countries will have. Does it surprise me that New Zealand’s not top of their list? No, actually,” she said.

    The fruitless Kiwi spy hunt comes amid a coordinated purge of Russian diplomats by the UK’s closest allies, including France, Germany and the US. In total, more than 20 nations declared they would send Russian diplomats home. London has called for reprisals against Moscow after accusing Russia of poisoning former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury on March 4.

    https://www.rt.com/news/422452-new-zealand-russian-spies/

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    A reporter on Sky news did make me laugh last night, when he reported that countries would be expelling Diplomats posing as spies  =).. sure he should have said, spies posing as diplomats? 
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    ‘Russia has lots of tentacles’: US says it needed no proof, only UK’s word to expel diplomats

    Russia must confess to the Salisbury ‘chemical attack’ in order to mend relations with the US and NATO, said the US State Department, adding that the only evidence the US needs for Moscow’s culpability was the word of its UK ally.

    “If Russia wants to improve relations, it needs to first acknowledge its responsibility for this attack and cease its recklessly aggressive behavior,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters on Tuesday.

    At one point, the newly promoted acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs channelled horror writer H.P. Lovecraft to describe Russia as a “beast from the deep sea.”

    “Russia has long arms, Russia has lots of tentacles,” Nauert told reporters.

    https://www.rt.com/usa/422527-nauert-russia-diplomats-tentacles/

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    ‘Without doubt Russia is responsible’: Presentation UK gave to prompt diplomat expulsions leaked

    A document UK officials presented in a bid to persuade allies to expel Russian diplomats this week suggests London no longer questions whether Moscow poisoned Sergei Skripal, but offers no new specific evidence.

    Titled ‘Salisbury Incident,’ the six slide PowerPoint document was sent out to 80 top level foreign embassy officials in Moscow, according to Kommersant business daily, the news agency to which the document was leaked. The diplomatic effort was a bid to sway opinion and prepare the ground for the expulsions of over 100 Russian diplomats by more than 20 countries, which have been announced over the past three days.

    Previously, the UK publicly suggested that it was “highly likely” Moscow had a hand in the poisoning of double agent Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, on March 4 in Salisbury, however, the leaked document takes a harsher line.


    https://www.rt.com/news/422529-uk-embassy-presentation-skripal/

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    Nearly 160 countries outside 'Western bloc' want to see proof in Skripal case – Russia’s UK embassy

    Scores of non-Western countries refuse to take the UK’s assertion that Russia was behind the incident in Salisbury at face value, demanding it present the evidence, Moscow’s embassy in London said. Some 160 states share that view.

    While many in the Western world, save several notable exceptions, united behind the UK as it accused Russia of poisoning the former spy with a military-grade toxic agent, many more countries have not been persuaded by the fiery rhetoric of British PM Theresa May, the spokesperson for Russia’s British embassy told Sputnik.

    “Even if Mrs. May said that she was absolutely sure that Russia was responsible for the incident in Salisbury, she would have to present all evidence to Russia, the international community and the British public. This is the opinion of almost 160 countries which are not members of the Western bloc,” he said. “It is obvious that no one in the wider world would take British words for granted.”

    https://www.rt.com/news/422530-skripal-non-western-demand-proof/

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    But they had a power point! is that not enough?
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    Russians shut down US consulate in St Petersburg and expels diplomats

    Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, says Russia will close down the US consulate in St Petersburg.

    The move is a retaliation to the expulsion of Russian diplomats across the world following the poisoning of the Skripals.

    Russia says it will expel the same number of foreign diplomats as have been ejected from countries across the world.

    https://news.sky.com/story/russians-shut-down-us-consulate-in-st-petersburg-and-expels-diplomats-11308643

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    Moscow confronts London with 14 questions on ‘fabricated’ Skripal case

    Russia’s Embassy in London has sent a list of 14 questions to the UK Foreign Ministry, demanding that it reveals details of the investigation into the nerve-agent poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

    The questions, provided in full below, include a demand to clarify whether samples of the nerve agent “Novichok” have ever been developed in the UK.

    1. Why has Russia been denied the right of consular access to the two Russian citizens, who came to harm on British territory?

    2. What specific antidotes and in what form were the victims injected with? How did such antidotes come into the possession of British doctors at the scene of the incident?

    3. On what grounds was France involved in technical cooperation in the investigation of the incident, in which Russian citizens were injured?

    4. Did the UK notify the OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) of France’s involvement in the investigation of the Salisbury incident?

    5. What does France have to do with the incident, involving two Russian citizens in the UK?

    6. What rules of UK procedural legislation allow for the involvement of a foreign state in an internal investigation?

    7. What evidence was handed over to France to be studied and for the investigation to be conducted?

    8. Were the French experts present during the sampling of biomaterial from Sergei and Yulia Skripal?

    9. Was the study of biomaterials from Sergei and Yulia Skripal conducted by the French experts and, if so, in which specific laboratories?

    10. Does the UK have the materials involved in the investigation carried out by France?  

    11. Have the results of the French investigation been presented to the OPCW Technical Secretariat?

    12. Based on what attributes was the alleged “Russian origin” of the substance used in Salisbury established?

    13. Does the UK have control samples of the chemical warfare agent, which British representatives refer to as “Novichok”?

    14. Have the samples of a chemical warfare agent of the same type as “Novichok” (in accordance to British terminology) or its analogues been developed in the UK?

    https://www.rt.com/news/422871-russia-questions-uk-skripal-case/

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    More expelled diplomats arrive in Moscow as Williamson warns of 'new era of warfare'

    The latest arrivals come as Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson says the world has "entered a new era of warfare".

    13:36, UK,

    The first plane carrying Russian diplomats expelled from the US has landed in Moscow as the Defence Secretary warned the world had "entered a new era of warfare".

    Gavin Williamson said if there was ever any doubt over the threat posed by Moscow "we only have to look at events in Salisbury, where our Armed Forces, including the RAF, have been responding to a cold-blooded chemical attack".

    The UK has expelled 23 Russian diplomats in the wake of the poisoning of Mr Skripal, 66, and his daughter. A number of other countries followed suit, including America, Canada, Australia and more than a dozen EU nations.

    https://news.sky.com/story/salisbury-nerve-agent-attack-williamson-warns-of-new-era-of-warfare-11312398

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    Russia Foreign Minister Lavrov says Britain could have poisoned spy

    Sergei Lavrov suggests the Government is trying to distract attention "having failed to fulfil their promises... over Brexit".

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the poisoning of Sergei Skripal could have been in Britain's interests.

    The Kremlin has denied responsibility over the escalation of a diplomatic row between Russia and the West over the poisoning of the former spy in Salisbury.

    In a news conference on Monday, Mr Lavrov accused western countries of "playing children's games" and hinted of the possibility of Britain being behind Mr Skripal's poisoning.

    "There are other explanations besides those put forward by our Western colleagues who declare that it can only be the Russians who are responsible," he said.

    "Experts say that it could be highly advantageous to the British security services as well, who are well known for their capacity to act with a licence to kill.

    "It could also be advantageous to the British government, who clearly find themselves in a difficult situation, having failed to fulfil their promises to voters over Brexit.

    https://news.sky.com/story/russian-foreign-minister-sergey-lavrov-says-britain-could-have-poisoned-spy-11313772

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  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    'The last war in the history of mankind!' Former Russian general's STUNNING threat to UK

    A FORMER Russian general has warned the fallout from the Salisbury attack could lead to the “last war in the history of mankind” in a terrifying threat to Britain.

    The fallout from the Salisbury attack could become “worse” than the cold war, retired Russiageneral Evgeny Buzhinsky has claimed.

    More than 100 Russian diplomats have been expelled form western countries from across the globe in response the UK accusing Russia for being responsible for a military grade nerve-agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

    Speaking on the Today programme, Mr Buzhinsky warned how the reaction from Russia over the expelled diplomats could lead to the “last war in the history of mankind”, ramping up World War 3 fears.

    He said: “It is a cold war. It’s worse than the cold war because if the situation will develop in the way it is now I am afraid it will end up in a very very bad outcome.”

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/940605/Russia-news-Vladimir-Putin-World-War-3-Theresa-May-UK

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    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
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  • Rosie_MOD_Rosie_MOD_ Moderator

    Russia expels more U.K. diplomats as nerve agent poisoning tiff intensifies

    By Staff The Associated Press

    British ambassador to Russia, Laurie Bristow, leaves after a meeting at the Russian foreign ministry building in Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 30, 2018.

    AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin
    Russia ordered new cuts Friday to the number of British envoys in the country, escalating a dispute with the West over the poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain. The massive expulsion of diplomats on both sides has reached a scale unseen even at the height of the Cold War. Two dozen countries, including the U.S. and many EU nations, and NATO ordered out more than 150 Russian diplomats this week in a show of solidarity with Britain over the poisoning of Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia that London blamed on Russia. Moscow has vehemently denied involvement in the March 4 nerve agent attack in the city of Salisbury and announced the expulsion of the same number of diplomats from each nation.Scores of foreign ambassadors streamed into the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow on Friday to receive the notices.read more:https://globalnews.ca/news/4115234/russia-u-k-diplomats-nerve-agent-poisoning/


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    Sergei Skripal poisoning: Australians warned to reconsider travel to Russia amid diplomatic row

    By political reporter Henry Belot, wires

    Updated Mon at 10:47am

    Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack is urging Australians to reconsider travelling to Russia, with government officials warning of anti-Western sentiment.

    Key points:

    • Two Russian spies have left Australia after being expelled as part of an international diplomatic row
    • Two Australian diplomats have been expelled from Moscow in retaliation
    • Michael McCormack says Australians should think carefully before travelling to Russia

    Two Russian spies expelled by Australian Government as part of a diplomatic row with the Kremlin have now left the country.

    The Federal Government said the two officials were working as unregistered intelligence officers, under the pretence of diplomatic duties.

    Their expulsion was part of a concerted UK-led effort to punish the Russian Government for a nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent living in England.

    More than two dozen countries and NATO have expelled Russian diplomats in support of the UK, including the US, which expelled 60 Russian diplomats over the weekend.

    read more:
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-02/russian-travel-warning-amid-diplomatic-row-over-skripal-attack/9609844

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  • Rosie_MOD_Rosie_MOD_ Moderator

    Poisoned Door Handle Hints at High-Level Plot to Kill Spy, U.K. Officials Say

    By ELLEN BARRY and DAVID E. SANGERAPRIL 1, 2018

    Photo
    Police officers searched the home of Sergei Skripal, a former spy, in Salisbury, Britain. He and his daughter were poisoned last month. Credit Jack Taylor/Getty Images

    LONDON — British officials investigating the poisoning of Sergei V. Skripal, a former Russian double agent, believe it is likely that an assassin smeared a nerve agent on the door handle at his home. This operation is seen as so risky and sensitive that it is unlikely to have been undertaken without approval from the Kremlin, according to officials who have been briefed on the early findings of the inquiry.

    This theory suggests that an assassin, who Britain believes was working on behalf of the Russian government, walked up to the door of Mr. Skripal’s brick home on a quiet street in Salisbury on March 4, the day that he and his daughter, Yulia, were sickened.

    Mr. Skripal, who was freed in a spy swap with the United States in 2010, is still in critical condition and unresponsive, but Yulia is conscious and talking, according to a BBC report.

    read more:


    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/salisbury-people-expose-nerve-agent-attack-theresa-may-a8275061.html

    If If Skripal and his daughter were poisoned by their front door handle why are 130 people affected?

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  • mrpops09_CMOD_mrpops09_CMOD_ Chief Moderator

    Unidentified: Porton Down scientists CANNOT confirm Novichok used on Skripals was made in Russia

    UK scientists have been unable to prove Russia made the nerve agent A-234 (also known as "Novichok") which was used to poison Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury.

    Scientists at the top secret army base Porton Down are unable to link the samples to Russia, after weeks of Moscow insisting it had nothing to do with the attack. Theresa May’s Government has repeatedly blamed the Kremlin and imposed sanctions on Russia, including the expulsion of 23 diplomats.

    https://www.rt.com/uk/423075-porton-down-skripal-proof/

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    Salisbury nerve agent attack: UK and US 'staged' poisoning, Russian spy chief claims

    The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is meeting today at Moscow's request to discuss the nerve agent attack.

    Russia's spy chief has claimed the Salisbury nerve agent attack was "staged" by Britain and the US, ahead of an emergency meeting of an international watchdog.

    The top body of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will meet on Wednesday morning, at Moscow's request, to discuss the attempted murder of ex-Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia last month.

    The OPCW's executive council, made up of countries' representatives, will hold an extraordinary gathering in The Hague with the Salisbury attack the only item on the agenda.

    Russia demanded the behind closed-doors talks after the UK Government accused Moscow of being responsible for use of a military-grade chemical weapon in the Wiltshire city.

    The UK Government said Russia was using the meeting to "undermine" the work of the OPCW.

    https://news.sky.com/story/salisbury-nerve-agent-attack-uk-and-us-staged-poisoning-russian-spy-chief-claims-11316209

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    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
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    U.K. is Lying: If Skripal was Poisoned at His Home, The Agent Used against Him Cannot be Nerve Gas

    Global Research, April 04, 2018 from Global Research

    The United Kingdom unknowingly admitted that its government has been lying, accusing Russia of allegedly poisoning former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia by the nerve agent Novichok on March 4 in Salisbury. The British government has already made two grave mistakes.

    First, it reported that an assassin smeared a nerve agent on the door handle at Skripal’s home. Second, according to the doctors of the hospital where Yulia Skripal is being treated, her condition is getting better and her health status is currently described as stable.

    Previously, the same doctors stated that Sergei Skripal and his daughter have only 1% hope of survival and ‘will be invalids for life’. Moreover, former chemical weapons scientist and former Russian chemical weapons’ program whistleblower Vil Mirzayanov, who is currently a leading western expert on toxic agents, assured the British media that 2 grams of Novichok will be enough to kill 500 people instantly. He also told the Daily Mail:

    “These people are gone — this man and his daughter. Even if they survive they will not recover.”

    It seems that Mirzayanov made these statements under the direction of the mainstream European and American media with the aim of discrediting his former homeland in the eyes of the world community.

    If Sergey and Julia Skripal were poisoned in front of their house, then they wouldn’t have been able to walk through Salisbury. Thus, this fact completely excludes the use of nerve agent Novichok.

    CNN, March 29

    (The earlier report that Skripal and his daughter had been attacked while sitting on a bench at a shopping mall has also been refuted by Scotland Yard (GR Editor)).

    Let us remind you, Scotland Yard detectives came to a conclusion that Sergey Skripal and his daughter were poisoned at their house. A particularly high concentration of agent was detected at the entrance door. If Skripal was poisoned at his home, then the agent used against him cannot be a nerve gas.

    A number of experts believe that such gases can kill people within a few minutes. Skripal simply did not have time to walk to a restaurant or shopping center, where he was eventually found.

    read more:
    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-03/russia-demands-uk-apologize-after-scientists-stunning-admission-about-skripal

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  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    Nerve agent attack: Yulia Skripal says her 'strength is growing daily'

    Yulia Skripal says her "strength is growing daily" and thanked those who came to her aid in the wake of the Salisbury attack.

    In a statement issued by the Metropolitan Police on behalf of the 33-year-old, Ms Skripal revealed she "woke up over a week ago" after being exposed to a nerve agent in the Wiltshire city.

    She said: "I am grateful for the interest in me and for the many messages of goodwill that I have received.

    "I have many people to thank for my recovery and would especially like to mention the people of Salisbury that came to my aid when my father and I were incapacitated.

    "Further than that, I would like to thank the staff at Salisbury District Hospital for their care and professionalism.

    "I am sure you appreciate that the entire episode is somewhat disorientating, and I hope that you'll respect my privacy and that of my family during the period of my convalescence."

    In the statement, Ms Skripal made no mention of the condition of her father Sergei.

    https://news.sky.com/story/nerve-agent-attack-yulia-skripal-says-her-strength-is-growing-daily-11317701

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    'Daddy is fine and I'm coming home': Poisoned Russian spy's daughter speaks for the first time since she was attacked and says she will be leaving hospital TOMORROW

    Yulia Skripal (pictured right) has made her first phone call since was poisoned with a nerve agent and says she plans to leave hospital tomorrow, says her cousin. Her father and former spy Sergei Skripal, 66, (inset) is also far better than was believed, it has been claimed. The call came today to Mr Skripal's niece, who is seeking a visa to come to Britain and visit her stricken relatives. Viktoria Skripal, 45, (left) is convinced the call was from Yulia, 33, now in hospital in Salisbury. She strongly denied that it could be a hoax. MailOnline has a transcript of the call obtained from Viktoria. If true, the sensational revelations mean that both the Skripals are far healthier than previously believed from hospital statements.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5581507/Yulia-Skripal-calls-cousin-Moscow-says-plans-leave-hospital-TOMORROW.html
    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
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  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator
    must be a miracle 
    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    Russia warns UK it is ‘playing with fire’ at emergency UN meeting

    All the latest updates as Britain accuses Moscow of trying to "build a narrative" about the novichok nerve agent.

    Key points:


    22:06

    US ambassador accuses Russia of 'using this chamber to undermine the truth'

    22:03

    US ambassador starts

    She begins by slamming Russia for comparing the media to a psychotropic substance, and any government who challenges Russia to the Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. 

    "This is not a tactic that is appropriate for this body," she says.

    22:02

    UK ambassador ends: 'I do fear that Russia may have something to fear'

    22:00

    Russia 'playing fast and loose' with international order 

    Ambassador Pierce says that "the threats to the chmeical weapons convention, in Syria, in Malaysia and now the UK place a very serious challenge to the non-proliferation regime that this organisation has constructed in response to the terrible events of the past".

    She adds: "Russia is playing fast and loose with the institutions that protect us."

    21:57

    Russia is like 'arsonist trying to investigate his own fire'

    Ambassador Pierce says the most apt comparison is that of an arsonist "trying to investigate his own fire". 

    21:57

    Boris Johnson defended for Porton Down

    Ambassador Pierce insists there "was no contradiction" by the Foreign Secretary in an interview with German broadcast DW.

    "The Foreign Secretary was making clear Porton Down is sure the nerve agent was a novichok."

    She adds Britain will take no lectures "from a country that, as this council debated yesterday, has done so much to block the proper investigation of chemical weapons in Syria". 

    "The UK's track record on that speaks for itself," she adds.

    21:55

    UK lays out its case against Russia 

    Ambassador Pierce says she won't "detain the council" by "going through the long list" of international destabalising interventions by Russia, but "can provide it to those interested" afterwards..

    She adds there have been public statements to the effect of admitting novichok was developed in Russia in the past

    And on the issue of proof against Russia, Pierce says that "only a court can find culpability", so saying Russian responsibility is 'highly likely' is a reflection of the significance of the UK's belief.

    21:51

    24-hour deadline was because of exceptional circumstances

    Pierce says the short deadline was issued because the nerve agent used was a Weapon of Mass Destruction.

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  • mrpops09_CMOD_mrpops09_CMOD_ Chief Moderator

    'Daddy is fine and I'm coming home': Poisoned Russian spy's daughter speaks for the first time since she was attacked and says she will be leaving hospital TOMORROW


    This is causing a lot of people to question the story as the nerve agent they were allegedly exposed to isn't one you just "recover" from 
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    edited April 5

    'Daddy is fine and I'm coming home': Poisoned Russian spy's daughter speaks for the first time since she was attacked and says she will be leaving hospital TOMORROW


    This is causing a lot of people to question the story as the nerve agent they were allegedly exposed to isn't one you just "recover" from 
    Guess it was decided it's not time for WW3 just yet...

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