News story: Novichok nerve agent use in Salisbury: UK government response

On Sunday 4 March Sergei and Yulia Skripal were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia.

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Prime Minister Theresa May gave a statement to Parliament on 14 March. Russia has provided no explanation as to how this agent came to be used in the UK, and there is no alternative conclusion other than that the Russian State was culpable for the attempted murder of Mr Skripal and his daughter. This represents an unlawful use of force by the Russian State against the United Kingdom.

The Prime Minister stated that the UK government will:

  • expel 23 Russian diplomats who have been identified as undeclared intelligence officers
  • develop proposals for new legislative powers to harden our defences against all forms of Hostile State Activity
  • make full use of existing powers to enhance our efforts to monitor and track the intentions of those travelling to the UK who could be engaged in activity that threatens the security of the UK and of our allies
Earlier statements


On 8 March the Home Secretary Amber Rudd gave an initial statement on the investigation into events in Salisbury. This followed Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s response to an Urgent Question in Parliament on 6 March.

On 12 March Prime Minister Theresa May gave a statement in Parliament. 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 Foreign Secretary spoke to the BBC and reiterated the Prime Minister’s message.

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International response


The Prime Minister spoke with world leaders about the ongoing investigation. Each expressed their solidarity with the UK:


The Foreign Secretary also called for a united response with our international counterparts.


Find out more about the international response in our Twitter Moment.


The Foreign & Commonwealth Office also raised this issue in international forums:

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So basically we are still at MIFFED threat level.
 
I'm thoroughly enjoying reading the spastics on social media schimpfing about how expelling Russian diplomats isn't enough. What do they expect the government to do?

It's still a bit too early to ready the Trident D5s.....
 

DaManBugs

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It seems May will grasp at anything to be in with the "bash Russia" crowd. Her brand of one-upmanship could likely get us all fückin' killed! That nerve agent can be reproduced by practically anyone. It's a two-stage thing, whereby the chemicals involved aren't even on any banned or restricted lists. I reckon it was MI5 or some other shadowy organisation. Putin is certainly a very nasty piece of work, but he's far from stupid. Just what would he have to gain by killing off that ex-spy Ivan? The Russians could've easily done that while he was languishing for 13 years in one of their nicks. In my opinion, it was a false-flag operation so that Treesa Maybe could "show her mettle".

MsG
 
It seems May will grasp at anything to be in with the "bash Russia" crowd. Her brand of one-upmanship could likely get us all fückin' killed! That nerve agent can be reproduced by practically anyone. It's a two-stage thing, whereby the chemicals involved aren't even on any banned or restricted lists. I reckon it was MI5 or some other shadowy organisation. Putin is certainly a very nasty piece of work, but he's far from stupid. Just what would he have to gain by killing off that ex-spy Ivan? The Russians could've easily done that while he was languishing for 13 years in one of their nicks. In my opinion, it was a false-flag operation so that Treesa Maybe could "show her mettle".

MsG
The other left would have you believe that her party is actually funded by the Russians , so why would she turn against her paymasters ?
 

DaManBugs

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The other left would have you believe that her party is actually funded by the Russians , so why would she turn against her paymasters ?
Is that not obvious to you? Treesa Maybe isn't a leader, she's a follower. And that's exactly what she's doing. All the rest of Europe and the US have been condemning Russia (and Putin), without any evidence whatsoever, so she doesn't want to be left out. What a way to run a country!

MsG
 

Helm

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Is that not obvious to you? Treesa Maybe isn't a leader, she's a follower. And that's exactly what she's doing. All the rest of Europe and the US have been condemning Russia (and Putin), without any evidence whatsoever, so she doesn't want to be left out. What a way to run a country!

MsG
You really are an idiot, what do you think she should do then?
 
It seems May will grasp at anything to be in with the "bash Russia" crowd. Her brand of one-upmanship could likely get us all fückin' killed! That nerve agent can be reproduced by practically anyone. It's a two-stage thing, whereby the chemicals involved aren't even on any banned or restricted lists. I reckon it was MI5 or some other shadowy organisation. Putin is certainly a very nasty piece of work, but he's far from stupid. Just what would he have to gain by killing off that ex-spy Ivan? The Russians could've easily done that while he was languishing for 13 years in one of their nicks. In my opinion, it was a false-flag operation so that Treesa Maybe could "show her mettle".

MsG
Is it Brasso O'clock already?

Even the chief scientist who made the stuff is saying it was likely to be the Russians. They've done similar in Britain before, remember Litvinenko?

Putin is indeed a nasty piece of work, he's also got form for doing whatever the fook* he wants - and thinking he can get away with it:
  1. Annexation of Crimea
  2. Shooting down of MH17
  3. Military Adventurism in the Balkans
Give the false-flag shoite* a rest, you fookwitted* old communist you.







*-Swearing politely amended as it's in 'The Serious Bit'............
 
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Is that not obvious to you? Treesa Maybe isn't a leader, she's a follower. And that's exactly what she's doing. All the rest of Europe and the US have been condemning Russia (and Putin), without any evidence whatsoever, so she doesn't want to be left out. What a way to run a country!

MsG
I haven't heard Trump criticise Putin ....
 
It seems May will grasp at anything to be in with the "bash Russia" crowd. Her brand of one-upmanship could likely get us all fückin' killed! That nerve agent can be reproduced by practically anyone. It's a two-stage thing, whereby the chemicals involved aren't even on any banned or restricted lists. I reckon it was MI5 or some other shadowy organisation. Putin is certainly a very nasty piece of work, but he's far from stupid. Just what would he have to gain by killing off that ex-spy Ivan? The Russians could've easily done that while he was languishing for 13 years in one of their nicks. In my opinion, it was a false-flag operation so that Treesa Maybe could "show her mettle".

MsG
WOW....just WOW, if it was so easy to produce how come it hasn't been used by our local jihadi's. Whilst I would say there is a lot of 'Bash Russia' sentiment about ,there are plenty of grounds for the West to have a cob on with Russia but a blatent atempt murder is a bit too far.Not that we can do much about it apart from shout and wring our hands in frustration, as for conspiracy theories if Theresa wanted her 'Maggie' moment she's 2 years too early and the UK Govt's have more leaks than Thames Water. Besides what exactly was Skripol involved with ,that required him to be 'removed' ,was he still involved financially with Russian ahem 'Buisnessmen'. Given thier propensity for violent retribution even over minor insults, it would make some sense but using a serious Nerve Agent has to have some involvement with the Putin CoC.
 
Has DaManBugs been sniffing Nerve Agent?
 

DaManBugs

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Even the chief scientist who made the stuff is saying it was likely to be the Russians. They've done similar before, remember Litvinenko?
Well, he would say that, wouldn’t he? He got the elbow pretty sharpish and was put on trial, although later acquitted, after which he moved to the US. It’s not like he’s a bone to pick, is it? But he himself says that anyone can knock up the stuff, and it’s not as if the perpetrators are going to leave behind a container marked: “Made in Porton Down”, is it? Even you state that it was “likely the Russians”. Absent any verifiable proof, it remains just another of any number of possibilities.

Anyway, as far as I can mind, the murder of Litvinenko was never admitted to by the Ivans. But it’s not as if it’s only the Ivans playing the game, is it? Remember Maurice Oldfield, the former head of MI6 (and the original “M”)? When a Brit agent was captured in an eastern European state in (I think) the 1960s, your man Maurice there had a cyanide capsule smuggled into his cell because they were afraid that he’d spill the beans.
Putin is indeed a nasty piece of work, he's also got form for doing whatever the fook* he wants - and thinking he can get away with it:

  1. Annexation of Crimea
  2. Shooting down of MH17
  3. Military Adventurism in the Balkans
Give the false-flag shoite* a rest, you fookwitted* old communist you.
Sure Putin has form, but the “annexation of Crimea” wasn’t one of them. When the Crimean pensioners realised that their pensions would be more than tripled (in line with Russian pensions) they were fire and flame for your so-called “annexation”, particularly in view of the fact that the Ukrainian gobment had just cut their pensions by 30 percent. Taking back Crimea was a masterly move on Putin’s part and effectively prevented the US intention of denying the Russian navy a deep-sea port.

I know it’s engaging in “whataboutery”, but let’s not forget the illegal invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, eh? Or Panama and Grenada for that matter. Quite apart from all the illegal meddling in other countries’ internal affairs that has cost hundreds of thousands of lives over the years. All done by gobments that also thought they could get away with it. No-one comes away with a blindingly bright-white vest at this game, do they? But lo and behold, suddenly they’re all pulling the “butter-wouldn’t-melt” number. Do me a favour! You haven’t convinced me that it wasn’t a false-flag operation.

MsG
 
^^^^^
Quality wibble from our resident Socialist Worker ******

Meanwhile on planet earth Corby is being given grief about his stance on Russia by his own back benchers.
 

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