Russians have been stockpiling deadly nerve agent

Frederick Owens
March 19, 2018

He said: "When you have a nerve agent or whatever, you check it against certain samples that you retain in your laboratories". And Porton Down, as we now all know, is the largest military facility in the United Kingdom that has been dealing with chemical weapons research. "And it's actually only eight miles from Salisbury", Vladimir Chizhov told the BBC.

The British government dismissed the ambassador's suggestion as "nonsense".

Scientists from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will take samples and send them to "reputable worldwide laboratories". "Which samples have they compared with to draw such a conclusion?" she added. They have a lot of expertise.

He said: "The trail of responsibility leads inexorably to the Kremlin".

Former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia may have been exposed to a deadly nerve agent through his car's ventilation system, USA media has reported.

The former Russian Federation double agent and his daughter remain in a critical but stable condition in hospital. Britain and Russian Federation have each expelled 23 diplomats over the attack as relations between the two countries reach a post-Cold War low. It is the first known offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War. Prime Minister Theresa May said Britain will consider further retaliatory steps in the coming days alongside its allies.

The Kremlin's announcement Saturday of the expulsion of British diplomats had been the expected like-for-like response to the British government's expulsion earlier this week of the same number of Russian diplomats.

He said "they have been producing and stockpiling Novichok, contrary to what they have been saying". The UK's consulate-general in St Petersburg is also being shut.

And he hinted he would press the Chancellor for more cash for the defence budget, to help face down threats from Russian Federation and elsewhere. The closure of the British Council's Moscow office will sever cultural ties.

Russian Federation also said it was closing Britain's consulate in the northwestern city of Saint Petersburg, citing a "disparity" in the number of diplomatic missions held by the two countries.

According to Yakovenko, Britain views the poisoning of the ex-double agent as a "possibility to launch this anti-Russian campaign".

BRITAIN should crack down on Russian corruption by banning oligarchs from sending their children to United Kingdom schools, Vladimir Putin's biggest rival says. The measures were in response to "the provocative actions of the British side and the unsubstantiated accusations" against Russian Federation, the ministry said.

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Yulia and Sergei Skripal. President Vladimir Putin is expected to win a fourth term, amid widespread voter apathy.

The Foreign Ministry said Moscow's measures were a response to what it called Britain's "provocative actions and unsubstantiated accusations".

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said that it was "highly likely" that Russian Federation was responsible for the incident, since the two were poisoned with a Novichok-class chemical agent that was developed in the Soviet Union.

Western powers see the nerve-agent attack as the latest sign of alleged Russian meddling overseas. "We said it right away", he said.

"We have nothing against the Russians themselves".

Russia's President Vladimir Putin, speaks with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, centre, and Russian Ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov after a Russia-EU summit in Strelna, outside Saint-Petersburg in 2012.

He stressed that Russian Federation had "nothing to do" with the poisoning and that it did not stockpile the poison. According to the diplomat, this runs counter to the worldwide law.

The UK accused Russian Federation of involvement, but failed to present any evidence.

Moscow says it is open to cooperation with the UK.

"All the investigation about Skripal is classified", he said.

"The measures are more harsh, but the British deserved them". It has even suggested London fabricated the attack in an attempt to whip up anti-Russian hysteria.

In the 2006 attack that killed former Federal Security Service officer Alexander Litvinenko in London, the crime was not supposed to be solved. A British inquiry said his death was probably approved by Putin.

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