UK PM fingers Russia for ex-spy poisoning with military grade nerve agent

Prime Minister Theresa May told Parliament Monday that it was “highly likely” that Russia was behind the assassination attempt against former spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia last Monday in Salisbury. She revealed that they had been targeted with a “military grade” agent called “Novichok” that was developed in Russia. Skripal and his daughter are still in serious condition. Prime Minister May said she gave the Russian government until Wednesday to respond, before deciding on “retaliatory measures that could range from expelling diplomats to further sanctions.” May went on to say: “Should there be no response, we will conclude that this action amounts to an unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the UK,” she said. “And I will come back to this House and set out the full range of measures.”

Moscow responded immediately: Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called Theresa May’s statement a “circus act” and said the British were making up fairy stories. In less than a week, Russians vote for a president and are almost certain to reelect Vladimir Putin for a fourth term. He has consistently shrugged off allegations that Russia was implicated in the poisoning attack on the Skripals.

According to a British chemical warfare expert, Novichok is up to ten times more toxic than VX and took Russian scientists close to a decade to perfect. It was designed to be undetectable in any standard NATO chemical security testing and circumvent the Chemical Weapons Convention list of controlled precursors, classes of chemical and physical form. Skripal would only have needed to touch it for it to be absorbed into his bloodstream. It is believed that the agent attacks muscles, especially those around the heart and lungs, leading to respiratory and cardiac arrest, and then death. Effects can take 30 seconds to two minutes to become apparent – by then it is often too late.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called the Russian ambassador and demanded that his government immediately provide full disclosure of its Novichok nerve gas program to the international organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons.

The British authorities have advised citizens of Salisbury who may have come into contact with the poison substance, or the two victims after they collapsed, to wash their clothes and disinfect any objects in their possession at the time. Some parts of the town remain cordoned off, either as a crime scene where Skripal and Yulia were found, or as potential contamination sites.

 

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28 thoughts on “UK PM fingers Russia for ex-spy poisoning with military grade nerve agent

  • Mar 12, 2018 @ 22:39 at 22:39
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    What is the difference betwen Siria and UK?A target,two targets.

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    • Mar 13, 2018 @ 1:39 at 1:39
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      The difference is Sulisbury stake

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    • Mar 13, 2018 @ 2:21 at 2:21
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      In this context it should not say UK PM fingers Russia, it should say “UK PM points the finger at Russia”vyou can not finger someone

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      • Mar 13, 2018 @ 6:46 at 6:46
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        Actually you technically could finger someone, but it would likely lead to a harassment lawsuit.

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      • Mar 14, 2018 @ 0:58 at 0:58
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        mako, what is the “UK PM fingers Russia” translation (by Google) into russian ? It is the “Соединённые Штаты Америки” (USA) …. Google , WHY ?! lol

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    • Mar 13, 2018 @ 10:24 at 10:24
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      “What is the difference betwen Siria and UK?A target,two targets.”

      @Cosmin Daniel,

      What is the difference between Syria, the UK, Israel and the Ukraine?
      A target, 2 targets, 3 targets, 4 targets ?????????

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  • Mar 13, 2018 @ 1:09 at 1:09
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    stop russian/ ukrainean citizens entering UK, EXPELL thei ambassador and military attache

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    • Mar 13, 2018 @ 1:42 at 1:42
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      not only, expel Chelsy soccer team to represent Russia in soccer tournament.

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    • Mar 13, 2018 @ 2:07 at 2:07
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      This is exactly what Putin wants. The whole game (what also includes recent antisemitic remarks) is about inducing the West to impose sanctions on a wide group of people “linked with the regime” (anyone who is rich has to be a part of the network otherwise won’t be allowed to make / steal money). This is about stemming the capital outflow from Russia. How is it possible that Russia has run a trade surplus practically since 1999 and yet they have so limited hard currency reserves? NB the same problem affects their little evil twin, Iran. Putin wants to end the austerity and stimulate the economy but Russian oligarchs (these who siphon profits) don’t want to store their wealth locally, they want to hide it abroad because they know whatever is in Russia can be confiscated. Also – rouble can easily lose its value – why should the oligarchs take the risk? If Putin stimulates the economy without effective capital controls there will be another currency crisis and instead of restoring the economic power they will end up having another Venezuela. If he doesn’t stimulate, they will stagnate for another 10 years and shrink. Lenin said “who is standing still is moving backwards”. At some point the Chinese will start buying their land. But if there is enough paranoia about the Russians in the West the oligarchs won’t be able to get away with money laundering and may even repatriate their funds back. This is a Vladimir’s wet dream. So the adequate Western response should be to actually encourage influential people living in Russia to emigrate (by offering them political asylum). A few Russian warplanes in Syria may also encounter technical issues due to pilot errors… but imposing any other sanctions would be a grave mistake.

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      • Mar 13, 2018 @ 2:34 at 2:34
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        You are correct they run surplus , for one reason only —the West run deficit for their degenerate economic politics . Speaking about thieves —just go to your bank and see what type of interest you get for your money —0 minus inflation. So who are the thieves ? Russians or world wide economic organizations stripped from their cash by American and other types that produced 2007, collapse, 2005 , 2002, 1998, 1995, 1992 .Just go to your Israeli banks –0% on money –thieves are thieves no matter where they are Israel or USA ,. UK or or France.
        And you speak about Russians that pay interests on deposits 9% , just like Singapore, which makes them the most advanced economically . Salisbury stake for every thieving freak.

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          • Mar 13, 2018 @ 2:51 at 2:51
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            too jewish, nineL.

        • Mar 13, 2018 @ 10:33 at 10:33
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          “And you speak about Russians that pay interests on deposits 9% ————–”

          Feel free to go live and deposit your cash there, solomeo————–and the best of luck to you as, at some point, you’ll need it!

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  • Mar 13, 2018 @ 1:20 at 1:20
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    Has anyone seen Barack Obama’s reset button or his red line?

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  • Mar 13, 2018 @ 1:25 at 1:25
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    If idd not the Russians then the jews did it

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    • Mar 13, 2018 @ 1:41 at 1:41
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      correct , the religious one –they cannot stand that British cooking , that uses dog food for stakes,

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      • Mar 13, 2018 @ 1:53 at 1:53
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        No worry’s commie its going to really hurt Russia this time there will be more of a SWIFT response your gov might not be able to pay you,i hear 55 Savushkina Street stinks like a Russian whores ass.

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        • Mar 13, 2018 @ 2:40 at 2:40
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          correct again , your matzo balls do stink , that even worse of the creatures on this universe will not touch your bio degraded Monsanto balls, that you feed constantly to British American patrons of yours –this one really stinks as you state like the whore ass , which you frequently use.

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      • Mar 13, 2018 @ 2:56 at 2:56
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        yeah, British, not English. Little known fact, British used to mean Brutish. A Brutish national history used to be called a Brute. A little joke. In fact, the Brutus of troy ethnic cleansing myth was accepted history in occupied Albion until they invented candles during the enlightenment and the Brutes started to read books.

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    • Mar 13, 2018 @ 10:49 at 10:49
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      “If idd not the Russians then the jews did it”

      Maybe John did it and just blamed the Jews———–you never know!

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  • Mar 13, 2018 @ 6:24 at 6:24
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    It could not have been Russia poisoning them they are too busy helping Nazi Iran to committ genocide against the real Muslims the Sunnis while the fake Shia Muslims who are really Nazis in disguise murder all Muslims and Kurds, Yazidis, and Jews. The Russians, Iranians, and Syrians must stop their acts of genocide and gassing innocent Syrian, Yemen, and Kurdish civilians. When Russia enters the middle east it is only to provoke war like in 1967, 1973, wmetc it is always the russians encouragi g others to murder each other russians and nazi iranian love to murder.

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  • Mar 13, 2018 @ 11:01 at 11:01
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    The UK and US are begging for a war with Russia but very worried about the outcome…lol

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  • Mar 13, 2018 @ 12:49 at 12:49
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    Theresa May sent UK soldiers along the Russian border to defend Lithuania while forgetting that Russians are inside their motherland in Salisbury fighting them in real time, the laughing stock of this decade.

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  • Mar 13, 2018 @ 15:26 at 15:26
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    Any technologically competent country can synthesize this nerve agent – Britain, UK, France, Israel. What would the motivation be for Putin to kill an ex-spy who was in Russian custody for years and could have easily been eliminated at any time? The motivation of those who want to continue the policy of sanctions is obvious and multiple UK sources have already stated their intent to undermine sporting events scheduled in Russia. My money is on a false flag operation very similar in design and intent to false chemical weapons allegations made against the Assad regime.

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  • Mar 14, 2018 @ 17:16 at 17:16
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    The leading nerve gas developer fled to UK and disclosed the formula the many years ago. Twenty miles distance from the location of poisoning in UK is the chemical lab, which has produced this agent.
    Further more, the toxin is absolutely lethal, and only an anti dot given within couple minutes would prevent the dead.
    Since the persons who were supposedly intoxicated did survive, they must have received the anti dot.
    The fact, that UK is following through with this harsh means against Russia before waiting for sound scientific and investigatory results, in circumvention of internationally established protocols, is for me a clear indication that this is merely a theater, similar to the Iraq one. Hysteria of a former Empire, which has lost it’s former might, fleet, economy, now has to leave EU.
    What is left is a political elite unable to lead its nation in the future. The time of the Anglo-Sachsonian Pax America/UK is approaching its final stage. Agony is what is left.
    Russia’s’ new weapons presented by their president Putin on March 1st 2018 were the last nails in the grave of Western military superiority over the rest of the world, which lasted over 400 years, and lead from colonialism, slaver to genocides and holocaust.
    Now NATO will disintegrate with Turkey leaving it, West Europe will turn towards Russia, east Europe will remain USA appendixes with tendency to become weaker and will fall finally in the Russia-Sino sphere of influence.
    Israel will have to maneuver carefully between the global players. Antisemitism will rise on all continents once again. myfutureamerica.org

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  • Mar 17, 2018 @ 16:37 at 16:37
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    It is game in global world – Our planet slow die – a carbon dioxide in atmosphere grow.

    Now politics and economics play in game – who must die and who must have a life.
    Russia have 80% of forest in word – Russia make 50% utilization of of carbon dioxide and want a special position in global world. UK and Germany. Not agree – thay think that Russia illegal have. 80% forest and other nature .

    It is provocation – global council of goverments – must stay on British side because Russia use. Toxic gas – ideal provocation.

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