United Kingdom accuses Russian Federation of stockpiling nerve agent
United Kingdom accuses Russian Federation of stockpiling nerve agent
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19 March, 2018, 02:45
Responding to Mr Chizhov's claim that Russian Federation destroyed all its chemical weapons in 1992, following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Mr Johnson said: "We actually have evidence that within the last 10 years Russian Federation has not only been investigating the delivery of nerve agents for the goal of assassination, but has also been creating and stockpiling novichok".
Russian election officials say they are looking into several incidents of ballot stuffing in the presidential vote.
Johnson said he will brief European Union foreign ministers on the case Monday before meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
Also speaking to the BBC, Johnson said experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will arrive in the United Kingdom on Monday to carry out tests on the samples of the nerve agent used in Salisbury.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May told MPs that personnel from the Defence Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Centre at Porton Down in Wiltshire had identified the substance used on them as being part of a group of military-grade nerve agents developed by Russian Federation known as Novichok.
The results are expected to take at least two weeks.
When asked how the nerve agent came to be used in Salisbury, Mr Chizhov said: "Porton Down is the largest military facility in the United Kingdom that has been dealing with chemical weapons research".
British police said there is no apparent link between the attack on Glushkov and the poisoning of the Skripals, but both have raised alarm in the West at a time when Russian Federation is increasingly assertive on the global stage and facing investigations over alleged interference in the Donald Trump's election as USA president.
Former double agent Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, remain in a critical condition in hospital, while Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, who was exposed to the Novichok nerve agent while responding to the incident, is no longer considered critical.
Pressed on whether he believed Porton Down was "responsible" for the nerve agent, Mr Chizhov said: 'I don't know.
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Britain points at Putin in poisoning attack Their joint statement said there was "no plausible alternative explanation" to Russian Federation being to blame for the attack. Salisbury District Hospital has also assessed 46 people who came forward expressing health concerns but they were not admitted.
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The British Council said it was "profoundly disappointed" at its pending closure.
Early on Saturday, Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced it had ordered the British diplomats to leave within a week and indicated it could take further action should there be what it called more "unfriendly" moves.
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He said these could include "defending ourselves against cyber-attack, (and) looking at any economic measures that could be taken against Russians who corruptly obtained their wealth".
Opposition lawmakers are calling on the government to clamp down on the illicitly gained money of wealthy Russians in Britain.
Meanwhile, Russia's ambassador in London, Alexander Yakovenko, called for "cooler heads".
Russian officials have strenuously argued against this point in recent days, suggesting at different times that the Skripals had not been attacked and that Britain was behind the attack.
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Russia, which denies any involvement in the incident, condemned May's decision as unacceptable and vowed a swift response. The Western leaders said the use of the toxin was a clear breach of the Chemical Weapons Convention and worldwide law.
Britain says it is Novichok, a class of powerful nerve agent developed in the Soviet Union toward the end of the Cold War. Russia's ambassador in London told The Daily Mail , the "dispute is indeed escalating dangerously and out of proportion".
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