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UK News Johnson calls novichok suspects 'murderers' and dares them to sue

12:50  14 september  2018
12:50  14 september  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

'I want to see them brought to justice': Novichok victim Charlie Rowley speaks from his hospital bed after police name the two Russian spies wanted over death of his girlfriend

  'I want to see them brought to justice': Novichok victim Charlie Rowley speaks from his hospital bed after police name the two Russian spies wanted over death of his girlfriend Novichok poisoning victim Charlie Rowley, 48, is in hospital being treated for meningitis and loss of eyesight. He said he did not recognise the suspects and is glad the police are making progress.Novichok poisoning victim Charlie Rowley has welcomed the news that two suspects have been identified in the Salisbury attack and declared 'I want to see them brought to justice.

Boris Johnson © Getty Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has branded the two Russians suspected of poisoning Sergei and Yulia Skripal "murderers" and dared them to sue him.

The former foreign secretary challenged them as he admitted the biggest mistake of his career was thinking he could deal with Vladimir Putin.

"When I became foreign secretary I thought there was no objective reason why we should be quite so hostile to Russia," he told an audience in Washington DC on Thursday.

Video: Extended interview with Novichok suspects (Sky News)

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Novichok 'could have killed 4,000': Russia is accused of 'playing dice' with lives of Britons as security officials say perfume bottle had enough nerve agent to cause 'significant loss of life'

  Novichok 'could have killed 4,000': Russia is accused of 'playing dice' with lives of Britons as security officials say perfume bottle had enough nerve agent to cause 'significant loss of life' A security official said Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov (pictured), who are accused of carrying out the Salisbury attack, had brought enough Novichok to cause mass casualties.A security official said the two Russian agents accused of carrying out the Salisbury attack had brought enough Novichok to cause 'significant loss of life'.

"Yes there were lots of reasons to be suspicious, lots of reasons to be wary.

"But I thought it was possible - I made the classic, classic mistake of thinking it was possible to have a reset with Russia.

"I wanted to engage with Putin and Sergey Lavrov to see if … there were areas where we needed to engage.

"Then it just became clearer and clearer to me that that was a fool's errand."

Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko arrive to discuss the Ukrainian peace process at the German federal Chancellery on October 19, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany, known as the Normandy Four, met in Berlin to discuss implementation of the peace plan known as the Minsk Protocol, a roadmap for resolving the conflict in Ukraine after Russian forces invaded in 2014 and annexed the peninsula of Crimea. The United States has threatened renewed sanctions on Russia if the country did not either implement the plan in the coming months or arrive at a plan on how to do so. © Getty Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko arrive to discuss the Ukrainian peace process at the German federal Chancellery on October 19, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany, known as the Normandy Four, met in Berlin to discuss implementation of the peace plan known as the Minsk Protocol, a roadmap for resolving the conflict in Ukraine after Russian forces invaded in 2014 and annexed the peninsula of Crimea. The United States has threatened renewed sanctions on Russia if the country did not either implement the plan in the coming months or arrive at a plan on how to do so.

Mr Johnson said an interview by Russian state broadcaster RT with the two men sought over the Salisbury poisoning was "satirical" and "really makes my blood boil".

British spy chief threatens 'brazen' Russia with UK's 'tools'

  British spy chief threatens 'brazen' Russia with UK's 'tools' British spies are ready to counter an "active and real threat" posed by the "brazen Kremlin", the head of GCHQ has warned. Jeremy Fleming said the government's cyber intelligence agency could "deploy the full range of tools from across our national security apparatus" to target Russia's GRU intelligence agency and its agents.During a speech at the Billington Cybersecurity Conference in Washington, Mr Fleming said Britain is "ready to reject the Kremlin's brazen determination to undermine the international rules-based order".

Challenging Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, the Tory MP said: "We had this outrageous event in Salisbury, Wiltshire, when two agents of the GRU were involved in the murder of Dawn Sturgess and attempted murder of others.

"And you see what's happening now with these two characters produced in this satirical way by Putin on Russian TV, asked these ludicrously patsy questions, making a mockery of the whole thing.

"And it really makes my blood boil … I hold that regime in absolute contempt.

"I'll say it now - those two guys on Russian TV are murderers. And if they dispute that fact, they can sue me in the courts."

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov © Other Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov

Petrov and Boshirov have both denied any culpability and claimed they took a two-day trip from Moscow to Salisbury to visit the city's cathedral.

They said they wanted to go to Stonehenge but were prevented from doing so because there was "muddy slush everywhere" so they got wet and went back to London an hour after arriving.

Salisbury attack order came from highest level in Russian state, says Javid

  Salisbury attack order came from highest level in Russian state, says Javid Home Secretary Sajid Javid increased the diplomatic pressure on Russian president Vladimir Putin over the Novichok attack.Sajid Javid stopped short of naming Vladimir Putin as the man who authorised the Novichok poisoning by the military intelligence service GRU but said “we all know what’s at the top of the Russian government”.

Russia has denied the two men were military intelligence agents.

"We know who they are, we have found them," Mr Putin said days before Petrov and Boshirov appeared on RT.

"There is nothing special or criminal about it, I can assure you…

"They should go to some media outlet. I hope they will come forward and tell about themselves."

Sergei and Yulia Skripal, who were poisoned with novichok, survived the attempted assassination.

Dawn Sturgess died after being exposed to the nerve agent in nearby Amesbury, while her partner Charlie Rowley also fell seriously ill.

Salisbury Novichok suspects ‘were detained in Netherlands earlier this year’ .
Dutch authorities are yet to comment on the findings of an investigative group.Bellingcat quoted an unnamed security official saying that Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were detained in the Netherlands earlier this year and released without being charged.

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