Publicado: Lun, Marcha 19, 2018
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Britain, Russia trade blame over poisoning of former spy

Britain, Russia trade blame over poisoning of former spy

In his first comments on the incident, Putin referred to the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter as a "tragedy", but added that if the British claim that they were poisoned by the Soviet-designed nerve agent were true, the victims would have been killed instantly.

Asked how the nerve agent came to be used in Salisbury, he said: "When you have a nerve agent or whatever, you check it against certain samples that you retain in your laboratories". "Russia doesn't have such means".

"If we don't take immediate concrete measures to address this now, Salisbury will not be the last place we see chemical weapons used", said Haley.

"The US believes that Russia is responsible for the attack on two people in the United Kingdom using a military-grade nerve agent", Haley said in her remarks at a UN Security Council emergency session on Wednesday, blasting the Russian government for flouting worldwide law, the CNN report said.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the trail of blame for the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia "leads inexorably to the Kremlin".

Putin dismissed the British accusations, emphasizing that an attack on Skripal would make no sense.

Speaking at the annual Conservative Party's spring conference, May said: "In light of their [Russia's] previous behavior, we anticipated a response of this kind and we will consider our next steps in the coming days, alongside our allies and partners". The tensions threaten to overshadow Putin's expected re-election Sunday for another six-year presidential term.

"We're ready to work together". "It's often described as a cool war that we are entering - I would say it is feeling exceptionally chilly at the moment".

Iran says it will reject any changes to nuclear deal
Iran, of course, doesn't have a nuclear weapons program, and didn't have such a program for years before the deal was made. Pompeo, head of the Central Intelligence Agency, is seen as taking a harder line on Iran.

On Thursday, the UK, US, Germany and France issued a joint statement insisting Russian Federation was responsible for the attack and that "there is no plausible alternative explanation".

Prime Minister Theresa May had given Russian Federation until the end of Tuesday to explain how Novichok, a nerve agent developed by the Soviet military, had been used on British soil. Tests to independently verify the British findings are likely to take at least two weeks, Britain's Foreign Office said.

Vladimir Chizhov, Moscow's European Union ambassador, said Russian Federation has no chemical weapons stockpiles and was not behind the poisoning.

"It's a great shame for the Russian people that they're closing the British Council which has done an terrible lot to educate Russian people in the English language and to help them get jobs and opportunities around the world", he told the BBC. And it's actually only eight miles from Salisbury.

Amid calls from British politicians across the spectrum to take further action against Russia, former British ambassador to Russia, Sir Roderic Lyne, told the BBC that Britain should avoid getting dragged into a prolonged show down with Russia.

Johnson said it was "not the response of a country that really believed itself to be innocent".

Bristow told reporters afterwards that Britain had only expelled the Russian diplomats after Moscow had failed to explain how the nerve toxin had got to Salisbury.

Opposition lawmakers are calling on the government to clamp down on the illicitly gained money of wealthy Russians in Britain. Critics say United Kingdom authorities have been slow to investigate the origins of the wealth invested in London's financial district and property market.

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