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

15:25  14 march  2018
15:25  14 march  2018 Source:   huffingtonpost.co.uk

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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.

She described the diplomats as “undeclared intelligence officers”.

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London had given Moscow until midnight on Wednesday to explain whether it was behind the attack or had lost control of the nerve agent used.

The Russian Foreign Office refused to give a response unless it was given access to samples of the Novichok poison used.

Ahead of May’s statement, all 29 countries in Nato – including the US – backed a statement demanding Russia provides a “full and complete disclosure of the Novichok programme” and answers the UK’s questions.

US President Donald Trump told May in phone call on Tuesday evening the States was with the UK “all the way” in its attempts to find out what involvement Russia played in the attacks.

With the midnight deadline passed, May told MPs today: “They have treated the use of a military grade nerve agent in Europe with sarcasm, contempt and defiance.”

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Over 100 Russian diplomats alleged to be spies in western countries are being told to return to Moscow, in a coordinated response to the use of a chemical weapon in the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal, a former Russian intelligence official, and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury on 4 March.

The actions come after the United Kingdom kicked 23 Russian diplomats out of the country last week in response to the nerve agent attack earlier this month. The U.S., in tandem with the U . K ., France, and Germany, previously issued a joint statement blaming Russia for the attack in Salisbury

She branded Russia as “culpable” for the attack, saying Moscow have provided “no credible explanation” for the use of the poison. 

WHAT HAPPENED IN SALISBURY:

March 3: Yulia Skripal arrives at Heathrow on a flight from Russia

March 4: She and her father arrived in Salisbury at the Sainsbury’s car park at around 1.40pm, which has since been cordoned off.

2.20pm to 3.35pm: The pair dined at the Zizzi’s restaurant, having been to The Mill pub.

4.15pm: A member of the public alerted police to the pair, who were found in a “extremely serious” condition on a park bench. The bench, the pub and the Zizzi’s are all cordoned off.

Since then: Police confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that, of 38 people had been treated for possible exposure to the substance, 34 have been discharged. Sergei Skripal, Yulia Skripal and Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, an early responder at the scene, remain in hospital. One other person is being monitored.

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March 13: Speaking outside Scotland Yard, Metropolitan Police counter-terror chief Neil Basu said that the investigators’ “prime focus” is how the poison was administered but said it was too early to say where this was done.

He said the investigation could take “many weeks” but added police had identified the nerve agent involved.

Police are also focusing on Skripal’s red BMW, and appealing for any witnesses who had seen the Russian pair in the car between 1pm and 1.45pm in Salisbury to come forward.

Ahmet Uzumcu, the Director-General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said this morning those responsible for the use of the Novichok nerve agent “must be held accountable for their actions”.

Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who collapsed last Sunday, are still fighting for their lives after being exposed to a toxic substance.

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey - who fell seriously ill after tending to Skripal and Yulia - also remains in hospital.

     

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