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An eventful 24 hours – and none of the events favoring Russia. First Russia crashes and burns in the OPCW, then it crashes and burns in the UNSC. Moreover, Russia overtly threatens the UK in the UNSC, stating “you’re playing with fire and you’ll be sorry”, which is shameless and despicable Khrushchov era bluster and buffoonery. UK Amb Pierce aptly paraphrased Whitmore, observing that “Russia’s request to play part in Salisbury nerve agent probe is like an arsonist ‘investigating own fire’” and “… allowing Russian scientists into an investigation when they are the most likely perpetrators of the crime in Salisbury would be like Scotland Yard inviting in Professor Moriarty, so I don’t think that’s a tenable way forward”.
UK media reporting that the suspected assassin traveled to the UK on the same flight as Ms. Skripal, returning within hours of the attack, and emulating the pattern seen with the Litvinenko murder.
The UK identifies the Shikhany laboratory in Saratov Oblast, home of the NII RKhBZ (Scientific & Research Institute of Radiation and Chemical Defence / НИИ Радиационной Химической и Биологической Защиты), as the most likely source of the toxic CW agent.
Medical director at Salisbury District Hospital reports that Col. Skripal is off the critical list and “improving rapidly”. Let us hope Col Skripal recovers fully, and Russia’s failure in this shameful act is complete and absolute.
By far the biggest headline story was, however, the report by the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs that the Skripals’ cat and guinea pigs died as a consequence of the attack – it is still unclear whether the cat was affected by the CW agent leaking through the door, or was compromised by dehydration and starvation being locked inside the quarantined house for days. The headline “Russian spy Sergei Skripal’s cat is the first fatality after nerve agent attack in Salisbury” speaks for itself – Russia simply does not understand the culture of the West.
It will be curious to see what bizarre explanations the Russian propaganda machine contrives in coming days to explain away the events of this week. If past events in Ukraine are any indication, we can expect the number of explanations for the attack to grow exponentially, accompanied by demonisation of all things British, and re-interpretations of Britain’s history and role in the world for the last few centuries.
The Security Council met this afternoon for the second time in less than a month to discuss a nerve-agent attack against Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the British city of Salisbury in March, with the representative of the Russian Federation — which had requested the meeting — saying the United Kingdom was engaged in “a theatre of the absurd” by seeking to pin responsibility on his country. Responding, the United Kingdom’s representative reaffirmed her Government’s position that it was highly likely that the Russian Federation was involved in the attack. She went on to say that the Russian Federation was playing “fast and loose” with the world’s collective security while failing to cooperate with an ongoing investigation. Council members heard updates on an investigation into the 4 March poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal, which the United Kingdom had said involved the use of a class of chemical warfare agents known as Novichok. Today’s meeting came a day after the Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) had met in The Hague, failing to agree on a proposed joint Russian Federation-United Kingdom investigation into the incident, which Member States have described as a violation of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and of Their Destruction, known as the Chemical Weapons Convention. The Council had previously met to discuss the matter on 14 March. (See Press Release SC/13247.) The representative of the United Kingdom, updating the Council on her country’s ongoing police investigation, said it was highly likely that the Russian Federation had carried out the assassination attempt, with experts having positively identified the chemical substance used. She went on to note that, on 21 March, OPCW had deployed a team to Salisbury and collected samples, which were sent to several designated laboratories for testing. The United Kingdom would share those findings once a report was made available. Meanwhile, the Russian Federation had reverted to a familiar path of attempting to undermine the international institution responsible for the investigation, having attempted to discredit the OPCW-United Nations Joint Investigative Mechanism and its work in Syria. The Russian Federation’s representative said the United Kingdom authorities were coming up with several versions of what had transpired in Salisbury. Raising a raft of questions, he asserted that the Russian Federation was not responsible and that Moscow expected both answers and full cooperation from the United Kingdom, as well as consular access to the Skripals. Furthermore, the origin of the substance used in Salisbury had not been confirmed, yet people were demanding that the Russian Federation acknowledged its guilt. A crime had been committed on British soil, and perhaps also a terrorist act on a Russian citizen, he said, adding that a draft statement from his delegation for the Council’s consideration would be a litmus test as to whether the United Kingdom and its allies were true to their words. The representative of the United States, one of several Council members to voice support for the United Kingdom’s position, said today’s meeting was an attempt by the Russian Federation to use the Council for political gains. Either the Russian Federation had used a chemical weapon in the Salisbury attack or it had failed to declare its stocks of nerve agents. While the international community had come together to express its outrage, the Russian Federation was putting forward a series of conspiracy theories amounting to disinformation. In the same vein, France’s delegate said the prohibition of chemical weapons was a bedrock of the non-proliferation regime and that their re-emergence in the Middle East, Asia and now Europe could not be tolerated. The trivialization of chemical weapons would represent a victory of barbarity over civilization, as well as a setback against the international order, opening the door to the spectre of chemical terrorism. France would never allow impunity for those who used such weapons, he said, adding that the Russian Federation must be part of the solution and immediately act responsibly. Several speakers appealed for cooperation, including China’s delegate, who said relevant issues should be addressed within the framework of the Chemical Weapons Convention. Emphasizing that the truth must be determined as soon as possible, he urged the countries concerned to undertake consultations, avoid politicization and actions that would aggravate the situation, and handle the issue through dialogue. At a time when the international community faced a plethora of issues, countries must avoid a cold war mentality and devote their efforts to building mutual respect and win-win cooperation, he added. Bolivia’s representative, rejecting the use of chemical agents as weapons, likewise reiterated the need for a depoliticized investigation. Cooperation between relevant parties through diplomatic channels was essential to resolve the matter, as well as to strengthen the disarmament regime. Also speaking today were representatives of Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Sweden, Poland, Kuwait, Equatorial Guinea, Netherlands, Côte d’Ivoire and Peru. The meeting began at 3:09 p.m. and ended at 4:48 p.m.
UN security council rebuffs Moscow’s request that Russian scientists join investigation into nerve agent attack against Skripals
RUSSIA launched a caustic attack against Britain last night, warning the UK is “playing with fire” and will be “sorry” over the claims Moscow ordered the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
RUSSIA launched an attack on Britain at the UN Security Council accusing the country of propaganda on the scale of Goebbels during the Nazi regime by accusing Putin’s country of carrying out the poisoning of a former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury on March 4.
Russia told Britain at the United Nations Security Council on Thursday that “you’re playing with fire and you’ll be sorry” over its accusations that Moscow was to blame for poisoning a former Russian spy and his daughter.
Britain compares Moscow to an “arsonist trying to investigate his own fire”, while Russia warns “you’ll be sorry”.
Russia issued a stark warning to Britain at the United Nations Security Council Thursday, saying “you’re playing with fire and you’ll be sorry” amid tensions over the poisoning deaths of a former Russian spy and his daughter living in the U.K.
Russia has accused Britain of acting like the Queen from “Alice in Wonderland.”
A UK official said that Russia asking to be involved in the investigation of the Salisbury nerve agent attack is akin to an arsonist “investigating his own fire”.
Moscow’s UN ambassador warns Britain it will be sorry if it continues to accuse Russia of the poisoning a former Russian spy and his daughter.
Russia’s ambassador to the UK denied that Russia ever produced the nerve agent that Britain says poisoned ex-spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter.
The chemical weapons, including ‘Novichok’ nerve agent, were never stored in the lab of State Scientific-Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology in Shikhany, Saratov Oblast as Interfax reported citing Mikhail Babich, the former Head of Chemical Disarmament State Commission and the authorized representative of the Russian president in Volga Federal District. ‘This lab was not in the spectrum of our work. All bases with chemical weapons are well-known and do not include Shikhany’, Babich said. There was such object in Saratov Oblast but not in Shikhany’, he added. As we reported the British intelligence assumed that Novichok, the nerve agent used in the attack on the Skripals, was produced at a Russian military research base in Shikhany town, Saratov Oblast. The MI reported that over the last decade, the Russian military has been testing the gas to find out whether it is suitable for covert murders abroad.
As Yulia Skripal recovers from the attack and the prospect of her leaving hospital becomes a reality, the information war between Russia and Britain is intensifying.This week Viktoria Skripal, 45, Yulia’s cousin, gave a flurry of television interviews in Russia after being almost invisible since
Russia’s irreverent explanations for Salisbury attack may play to Kremlin’s favour in boosting domestic support
The plot thickens.
These distinguished words apply to the Skripal assassination plot in the UK. Things are getting “Curiouser and curiouser!” cried Alice, quote from Lewis Carroll. If the situation weren’t so damn deadly and everyone wasn’t sitting on pins and needles, the situation would be hilarious. As it is, we will someday look back at the verbal and…
Russia denies being behind the chemical attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
BBC Newsnight Published on Apr 5, 2018 Why did Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson get his facts wrong on the Sergei Skripal poisoning? And has the confusion been amplified to help Russia rewrite events? Increasingly, we see how public debate can be redirected when misinformation becomes a powerful political tool. Gabriel Gatehouse reports on the phenomenon of information warfare. Newsnight is the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs TV programme – with analysis, debate, exclusives, and robust interviews.
‘Russia loves Yulia Skripal. The UK poisoned her, don’t you know? She is such a victim!’ ‘Colonel Skripal is a traitor to Russia. He must be singing like a violin!’ The Russian press is full of the Skripal poisoning story. It is front and center on almost every news source in Russia. It is scandalous.…
2 November 2017 | News and analysis, Top Story 1) Pro-Kremlin disinformation can look like just another news story Claims made in pro-Kremlin fake news stories are sometimes simply taken out of the blue. This has for example been the case when it has been claimed that Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by Ukrainian armed forces, when there…
Specialists from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons carried out an inspection at an undisclosed location in Russia last week, the Russian Defense Ministry’s official publicati…
I have been saying exactly this for years, now it has finally hit the mainstream media and was neatly summarized in this USA Today article. Russian authorities have repeatedly denied any involvement in the poisoning case, questioning the evidence, demanding access to inspect the Skripals in the hospital, and demanding that Britain include investigators from Russia…
THE fresh information is the first clue that the police have a firm identity for one of the suspects in the Salisbury nerve agent poisoning. It would also be a mirror image of the Alexander Litvinenko assassination, whose killers returned to Moscow on a BA flight immediately after the Polonium hit in 2006.
Facility lies 800km from Moscow.
The nerve agent used on Sergei and Yulia Skripal has been traced to a specific Russian lab, according to media reports. The Times newspaper named Shikhany military base as the source of the chemical. Britain has not officially identified the location, but has said it has strong intelligence linking the chemical – called Novichok – to Russia. Russia has denied any involvement in the poisoning at all.
A Russian military research base has been identified as the source of the nerve agent used at Salisbury in a British intelligence briefing for its allies, The Times has learnt. It was used to persuade world leaders that Moscow was behind the poisoning and said that the novichok chemical was manufac
9:15 p.m. Britain’s ambassador to the United Nations says she fears Russia called a meeting of the U.N. Security Council to discuss the poisoning of an ex-spy in England to show “contempt” for international institutions such as the U.N. Ambassador Karen Pierce said she also has “a bit of a fear” that Moscow is trying “to build a narrative” for why it won’t accept the forthcoming findings from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on the nerve agent that sickened Sergei Skripal and his daughter. Piece told reporters ahead of Thursday afternoon’s Security Council meeting that Britain looks forward to the chemical weapons watchdog’s report and has “nothing to hide.” She said: “We ask, what have the Russians got to fear?” Pierce said a number of factors led the British government to conclude that “this was a Russian state attack.” She says they include a Russian declaration that its ex-agents are fair game, knowledge that Russia has made military-grade nerve agents and “other information that I am not able to disclose.” ___ 7:50 p.m. Russia’s Ambassador to Britain, Alexander Yakovenko, has rejected the notion that the embassy is “trolling” Britain with its Twitter account. The London Embassy’s account, which has sometimes mirrored the wry humor of the ambassador, has been vocal in demanding evidence backing Britain’s insistence that Russia was behind the March 4 nerve agent attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in the city of Salisbury. One March post featured a picture of actor David Suchet as Hercule Poirot, the intrepid sleuth of Agatha Christie novels. On March 18 the Russian Embassy tweeted: “In absence of evidence, we definitely need Poirot in Salisbury!” Pressed on the tweets, Yakovenko said Thursday that “We are using in this situation a sense of human humor because some statements are really not friendly.”
The head of Britain’s military research centre said on Tuesday it was unable yet to say whether the military-grade nerve agent that poisoned a Russian double-agent last month had been produced in Russia.
British investigators had a strong case against Vladimir Putin. But they hadn’t accounted for Boris Johnson.
Unhelpful as it undoubtedly is, the chief executive of Porton Down was well within his rights to state that his establishment is unable to determine the origin of the nerve agent that was used in the attack on the Skripals.
Recently, ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were allegedly poisoned in Salisbury. The incident drew comparisons with other suspicious events involving former Kremlin operatives. Tinker, Tailor, Killer, Spy
Sanctions and expulsions of diplomats mean nothing as long as the US and other countries continue to buy Russia’s oil and gas.
Russian Sergei Skripal is no longer in a critical condition, doctors say, after nerve agent poisoning.
Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal is “improving rapidly” and is “no longer in a critical condition” following a nerve agent attack in Salisbury last month.
Former spy poisoned with nerve agent is responding well to treatment, says Salisbury hospital
Hospital staff in England say former Russian spy Sergei Skripal is no longer in critical condition and is “improving rapidly.”Hospital staff in England say former Russian spy Sergei Skripal is no longer in critical condition and is “improving rapidly.” Skripal “is responding well to treatment, improving rapidly, and is no longer in a critical condition,” Christine Blanshard, medical director at Salisbury District Hospital, said on April 6. The former double agent and his daughter, Yulia Skripal, where exposed to a potent nerve toxin and found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury, in southern England, on March 4. Britain accuses Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government of trying to to kill them with a military-grade chemical substance known as Novichok, which was developed in the Soviet Union. Russia denies involvement, and the dispute has dramatically deepened tensions between Moscow and the West.
Russia’s foreign minister is urging Britain to produce its evidence in the ex-spy poisoning case.
Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal is no longer in critical condition and his health is improving rapidly more than a month since he was poisoned with a nerve agent, the British hospital treating him said on Friday.
Poisoned spy Sergei Skripal is no longer in a critical condition and his daughter says her strength is “growing daily”. Just a few weeks ago they were seemingly on the brink of death – so how did they survive? Alastair Hay, Professor of Environmental Toxicology at Leeds University, tells Sky News how they may have fought off the novichok nerve agent and managed a “miracle” recovery. :: But first, how dangerous is novichok really? “The nerve agents are deadly,” says Prof Hay. “That’s why they were chosen as chemical weapons. If you are exposed to a number of lethal doses then invariably it is fatal.” They block acetylcholinesterase, an enzyme active in the nervous system. The result is involuntary contraction of all muscles, leading to cardiac arrest and asphyxiation. One of the scientists who helped make novichok has also told Sky News the substance was designed to do “irreparable” damage to the body. :: Paramedics’ quick treatment was crucial “The Skripals have survived because they’ve had great medical care,” says Prof Hay. “I’m sure if the paramedics hadn’t been on the scene as quickly as they were – and were able to ensure that the Skripals kept breathing – they wouldn’t have survived.” The former spy and his daughter were reportedly frothing at the mouth when they were found on a bench in Salisbury last month. Those who made the first 999 call may have saved their lives.:: Paramedics’ quick treatment was crucial “The Skripals have survived because they’ve had great medical care,” says Prof Hay. “I’m sure if the paramedics hadn’t been on the scene as quickly as they were – and were able to ensure that the Skripals kept breathing – they wouldn’t have survived.” The former spy and his daughter were reportedly frothing at the mouth when they were found on a bench in Salisbury last month. Those who made the first 999 call may have saved their lives.
The daughter of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal said yesterday that her strength was “growing daily” after the nerve agent attack and she expected to be released from hospital soon.Yulia Skripal described the poisoning as “somewhat disorientating” and thanked the people in Salisbury who came
Two accounts of her health illustrate the challenge Britain faces in maintaining a global coalition around the poisoning while keeping much of its evidence secret.
Viktoria, the cousin of Yulia Skripal, says the alleged conversation with her cousin is real.
The 33-year-old said ‘her strength is growing daily’ and thanked the people of Salisbury for helping her and her father, former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, 66.
Yulia Skripal is emerging as the focus of attention in the tug of war being fought over multiple media by the U.K. and Russia to try to sway global opinion over a chemical attack on British soil.
A statement from Yulia and a TV broadcast ramp up political battle between UK and Russia over the incident
Yulia Skripal’s cousin, Viktoria, has told the BBC she is “worried and “scared” after she was asked whether she feels as being used in the information war. “They ask me questions so that I answer in the way they want me to, not how I want to,” Viktoria said.
SERGEI Scripal and his daughter Yulia may not have been poisoned by Russia in the Salisbury nerve agent attack, his niece has claimed, instead laying the blame on a bad fish supper.
The critically ill Russian spy’s two guinea pigs also perished from thirst in the days following the attack at their home
Two Guinea pigs were found dead at the scene while the family cat was put down.
Three pets of Sergei Skripal were found at his home in Salisbury’s Christie Miller Road, following the spy poisoning incident.
Two guinea pigs and a cat belonging to former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, poisoned in a nerve agent attack in the UK last month, have died, British authorities have said.
Skripal’s home was sealed off after the former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned last month.
The black Persian cat Nash Van Drake was found in a ‘distressed state’ at Sergei Skripal’s home in Salisbury and a veterinary surgeon made a decision to euthanise the animal.
The British government says two guinea pigs and a cat were victims of the Salisbury poisoning.
Two guinea pigs found dead at Salisbury home of ex-spy while a cat needed to be put down
It’s claimed the three pets were found and taken to Porton Down, where they were incinerated
Two guinea pigs were found dead at the home of Sergei Skripal after he was poisoned in Salisbury, it has been revealed. His black Persian cat, named Nash Van Drake, was also found in a “distressed” state at the house after it was sealed off for investigations. The government confirmed the pet was taken to Porton Down chemical weapons lab for testing but a decision was made to have it put down.
A cat and two guinea pigs which belonged to the poisoned former double agent Sergei Skripal are dead after the home was sealed off for investigations. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said the cat was found alive but in a distressed state at the house in Salisbury and a decision was taken to euthanise the animal.
Two guinea pigs were found dead in the Salisbury home of Sergei Skripal, along with a “distressed” cat, which has been put down.
Two guinea pigs owned by the former double agent poisoned in the UK were found dead.
Persian cat named Nash Van Drake found ‘very unwell’ at Skripal’s Wiltshire home.
The project is oriented towards the revelation of corrupted officials, organized crime representatives, who are tied to the law enforcement and ruling establishments.
Two guinea pigs have been found dead at the home of poisoned spy Sergei Skripal after the property was sealed off for investigations.
An animal rights group has blamed British authorities for the death of three of Sergei Skripal’s pets at the poisoned former double agent’s home. The government confirmed long-haired black Persian cat had been found alive but “in a distressed state” at the house in Salisbury.
Results of forensic tests on samples taken in Salisbury will be received by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons next week, while the UK has confirmed that pets owned by Sergei Skripal are dead.
SERGEI Skripal’s niece Viktoria Skripal, 45, says reports that her uncle and his daughter were hit with a lethal nerve agent while at home are “nonsense”. She believes if this was the case, it would have been reported that the animals – including cats and guinea pigs – had died.
The Russian Embassy in the U.K. requested information about the condition of a poisoned ex-Russian spy’s pets on Thursday.