Russian Federation will expel British diplomats in response to United Kingdom move, Moscow confirms

18 March, 2018, 02:10 | Author: Marjorie Miles
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Russia's envoy at the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog said Britain and the US both had access to Novichok and that the nerve agent used to attack the Skripals could have come from either of their stockpiles. Both are in critical yet stable condition. The leaders say the use of a chemical weapon is "an assault on United Kingdom sovereignty" and "a breach of worldwide law".

It's unclear. Some British media, citing unnamed police sources, are reporting that Yulia Skripal unknowingly brought the Novichok nerve agent to Salisbury in her suitcase on a plane trip from Moscow, arriving in Britain the day before the attack. "We have long stopped paying attention to this and neither do we get excited by the rolling out of new sanctions against Russian Federation", he said.

The statement follows a midnight deadline Wednesday for Russian Federation to answer the accusations, imposed by British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Britain called the emergency meeting to rally support in its standoff with Russian Federation over the attack that British Deputy Ambassador Jonathan Allen said was "state-sponsored".

London demanded that Russian Federation disclose details of an alleged secret project behind the nerve agent within 36 hours, saying otherwise it would consider the Kremlin responsible.

The Trump administration diplomat said the United States "stands in absolute solidarity" with Britain, which moved Wednesday to expel 23 Russian diplomats.

Retaliation would be "well thought out" and could come at any time, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists when asked if Moscow would respond to the measures before a presidential election on Sunday.

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"We consider the British position absolutely irresponsible with regard to diplomatic relations, as well as final goals and interests of a real investigation and search for the people who are behind this and from the point of view of violation of the global law by the British side, which is also obvious", Peskov said.

Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday that the two were poisoned with part of a group of nerve agents known as "Novichok", and the United Kingdom has determined that Russian Federation either attempted an assassination on United Kingdom soil or let WMD nerve agents on the loose.

Haley said the poison attack is "Russia's crime" and added the use of chemical weapons was "not an isolated incident" for Moscow.

"We demand that material proof be provided of the allegedly found Russian trace", said Nebenzia.

"This is a defining moment", Haley continued.

Haley's remarks echoed statements made by May, who said it was "highly likely" that Russian Federation was responsible for the attack. "It is an affront to the prohibition on the use of chemical weapons".

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