Brits, US push Russians on ex-spy murder attempt

Marco Green
March 18, 2018

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned the use of a nerve agent in an attack in Britain on a former Russian spy and branded it as "unacceptable". Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to comment on the process of coordinating statements by Russia's Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya with Russian President Vladimir Putin for a Security Council meeting.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, "The response will come very quickly, I can assure you", Tass reports.

Russian Federation has repeatedly said Britain is refusing to provide a sample of the nerve agent used in Salisbury.

British experts say Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter were poisoned with a nerve agent from a broad category known as Novichok, which was developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Britain is seeking support from allies in the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in response to the use of an illegal chemical weapon on British soil. It threatens the security of us all. Prime Minister Theresa May believes Russian Federation was behind the attack and gave the chance for President Vladimir Putin to explain the incident.

The ex-spy and his daughter Yulia remain critically ill in hospital. They added that "Russia's failure to address the legitimate request by the United Kingdom government further underlines its responsibility".

Lavrov suggested that the poisoning might have been motivated by a desire to complicate Russia's hosting of the 2018 soccer World Cup.

"The head of a nuclear state goes to the Parliament. they take an important step that they can't take". They just are detached from their reality, which is very unsafe. They are totally detached from their reality, they ignore the real consequences.

The British prime minister is pressing worldwide allies to follow Britain's example and to turn the spotlight on the billions of dollars of Kremlin-tied assets around the world.

"That's not something we would have seen a few years back", Cross said. "And this is happening in many states".

"Let me make one thing clear from the very beginning: the United States stands in absolute solidarity with Great Britain". The British government will want to have "weapons in the armoury", said James Nixey, head of the Russian Federation and Eurasia program at Chatham House, a London-based think tank.

"Proposals will be worked out by the Foreign Ministry and other agencies, but it is indeed the president who will make the final decision".

The conversations earlier this week seem to have had an effect - particularly in the U.S.

"No one is going to reveal the internal process of coordination and work in this area", he said, answering a question on whether Nebenzya coordinated some of his statements, in particular that the Novichok-type military-grade nerve agent that was designed in the Soviet Union could now be produced in the United Kingdom as well.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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