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UK News Russia hits back as Britain gains support over poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal

05:25  14 march  2018
05:25  14 march  2018 Source:   abc.net.au

England could pull out of 2018 World Cup over suspected poison attempt in Salisbury, claims Boris Johnson

  England could pull out of 2018 World Cup over suspected poison attempt in Salisbury, claims Boris Johnson Johnson has made the claims if there is a proven link between Russia and the recent Salisbury substance exposureSergei Skripal is in a critical condition and there are suspicions there has been a deliberate attempt to poison him.

Ms May, who said on Monday it was "highly likely" Russia was behind the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, won support from some of Britain 's main European allies and the European Union which denounced the attack as "shocking" and offered help to track down those responsible.

Ms May, who said on Monday it was "highly likely" Russia was behind the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, won support from some of Britain 's main European allies and the European Union which denounced the attack as "shocking" and offered help to track down those responsible.

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What the papers say – March 7

  What the papers say – March 7 Boris Johnson’s World Cup warnings and the bankruptcy of a Coronation Street actor also feature on the fronts.The Times leads with reports that the suspected poisoning of Mr Skripal and his daughter Yulla is being treated as an assassination attempt linked to Russia.

Ms May, who said on Monday it was "highly likely" Russia was behind the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, won support from some of Britain 's main European allies and the European Union which denounced the attack as "shocking" and offered help to track down those responsible.

Ms May, who said on Monday it was "highly likely" Russia was behind the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, won support from some of Britain 's main European allies and the European Union which denounced the attack as "shocking" and offered help to track down those responsible.

Russia has issued a chilling warning after Britain gave it a deadline to answer accusations of involvement in a poisoning attack in Salisbury, but US and EU allies have expressed support for Britain condemning the attack.

Prime Minister Theresa May gave Russia until midnight on Tuesday to explain how a Soviet-era nerve agent was used against a former Russian double agent.

Speaking in an interview on state television, foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova warned: "One should not threaten a nuclear power."

Ms May, who said on Monday it was "highly likely" Russia was behind the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, won support from some of Britain's main European allies and the European Union which denounced the attack as "shocking" and offered help to track down those responsible.

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Russia issues a thinly veiled warning after Britain gives it a deadline to answer accusations of involvement in the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal , but US and EU allies express support for Britain 's condemnation of the attack.

On 4 March 2018, Sergei Skripal , a former Russian military officer and double agent for the UK's intelligence services, and his daughter Yulia Skripal were poisoned in Salisbury, England

Ms Zakharova also warned against any possible suspension of Russian broadcaster Russia Today (RT).

"Not a single British media outlet will work in our country if they shut down Russia Today," she said in the broadcast.

With Britain 'all the way'

Donald Trump pushes for tougher gun control laws. © ABC News Donald Trump pushes for tougher gun control laws.

US President Donald Trump said he would condemn Russia if British evidence incriminated Moscow.

In a telephone call with Ms May on Tuesday, he said he was with Britain "all the way", according to a statement from Ms May's office.

France's Emmanuel Macron and Germany's new coalition also expressed solidarity as the UK headed into a showdown with Mr Putin.

Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary-general of the US-led NATO alliance, said the attack was "horrendous".

Russia, however, signalled little likelihood it would respond adequately to London's call for a credible explanation by the deadline.

Theresa May has accused Russia of being behind the attempted murder of a double agent in the UK

  Theresa May has accused Russia of being behind the attempted murder of a double agent in the UK Britain has formally accused Russia of being behind the attempted murder of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter with nerve agent on its territory. 

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has described as encouraging the strength of support for the UK over the case. Vladimir Koshelev, who says he personally knew the ex- spy , said Sergei Skripal posed no threat to Russia .

Russia denies responsibility for poisoning former spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, England. Russian diplomat Vladimir Chizhov suggested that Britain might

Denying it had played any part in the attack, which left the 66-year-old Mr Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter fighting for their lives, Russia said it would ignore the ultimatum until London handed over samples of the nerve agent used and complied with international obligations for joint investigations of such incidents.

Sergei Skripal (L) and Yulia Skripal (R). © AP/Facebook Sergei Skripal (L) and Yulia Skripal (R).

"Any threats to take 'sanctions' against Russia will not be left without a response," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement. "The British side should understand that."

Russia is in the run-up to a presidential election on Sunday in which President Vladimir Putin, himself a former KGB spy, is expected to coast to a fourth term in the Kremlin.

Mr Skripal, a former officer with Russian military intelligence, betrayed dozens of Russian agents to British intelligence before being arrested in Moscow and jailed in 2006.

He was released under a spy swap deal in 2010 and took refuge in Britain where he had been living quietly in the cathedral city of Salisbury until he and his daughter were found unconscious on a public bench there on March 4.

After spy is poisoned, Britain mulls closing door to London for Russia's rich

  After spy is poisoned, Britain mulls closing door to London for Russia's rich Britain's response to the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal on its soil, using a nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union, could hit members of the Russian elite hard if it closes the door on their London lifestyles. Britain gave Russian President Vladimir Putin until midnight on Tuesday to provide an explanation for the attack, and is due to consider its official response on Wednesday.

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Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal is no longer in a critical condition and his health is improving rapidly, more than a month after he was poisoned with a nerve agent in England, the hospital treating him said on Friday. Moscow has hit back by expelling Western diplomats, questioning how Britain

A British policeman who went to the aid of Mr Skripal was also affected by the nerve agent. He is now conscious in a serious but stable condition.

May promises 'robust' action

Ms May said on Monday Britain had identified the substance as belonging to the lethal Novichok group of nerve agents developed by the Soviet military in the 1970s and 1980s.

Theresa May © PA Wire Theresa May She and her ministers said Britain would take further "robust" punitive action against Russian interests — beyond sanctions already in place — if Mr Putin did not come up with a credible explanation of events.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Mr Trump acknowledged the British charges of involvement against Russia, but said he needed to talk to Ms May before rendering a judgment.

"As soon as we get the facts straight, if we agree with them, we will condemn Russia or whoever it may be," said Mr Trump, who earlier fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after a series of policy rifts, said.

"It sounds to me like they believe it was Russia, and I would certainly take that finding as fact."

While trade figures show Russia accounts for less than 1 per cent of British imports, London is of major importance for Russian companies seeking to raise capital, and since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union has become the Western capital of choice for many Russian business leaders.

Russian Diplomats To Be Thrown Out Of The UK In Response To Salisbury Chemical Attack

  Russian Diplomats To Be Thrown Out Of The UK In Response To Salisbury Chemical Attack Russian diplomats are set to be thrown out of the UK in response to the attempted murder of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury.Theresa May announced on Wednesday afternoon that 23 diplomats have a week to leave the country, making it the single biggest expulsion of diplomats for over 30 years.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that British threats to target Moscow with punitive sanctions over the poisoning of a former spy would not be left unanswered. Sergei Viktrovich Skripal was born in the Soviet Union on June 23, 1951.

The former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were deliberately poisoned with a nerve agent in a case that is now being treated as attempted murder, the police His condition had deteriorated, Rowley said, adding: “Wiltshire police are providing full support to his family.”

Britain could call on allies for a coordinated Western response, freeze the assets of Russian business leaders and officials, expel diplomats or launch targeted cyber attacks.

It may also cut back participation in the football World Cup which Russia is hosting in June and July.

The expression of solidarity from the EU came despite tensions over British preparations to quit the bloc next year.

The EU imposed travel restrictions and asset freezes against 150 people and 38 companies in response to Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

EU nationals and companies are also banned from buying or selling new bonds or equity in some state-owned Russian banks and major Russian energy companies.

But diplomats in Brussels said, despite sharing Britain's anger, the bloc is unlikely to have much stomach for imposing additional sanctions on Russia since attributing the nerve attack to Moscow was difficult and keeping existing economic sanctions going was proving a strain.

Ms May said on Monday Russia had shown a pattern of aggression including the annexation of Crimea and the murder of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, who died in 2006 after drinking green tea laced with radioactive polonium-210.

Moscow denied any responsibility for that murder despite the findings of a public inquiry which said it had probably been approved by Mr Putin.

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Police seek ‘clearer’ picture of movements of Skripal’s car before incident .
Police are trying to trace the Skripals’ movements on the morning of Sunday March 4Scotland Yard has released a photo of the burgundy BMW 320D saloon car – registration HD09 WAO – which has become the focus of the huge investigation into the nerve agent attack.

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