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Nerve-gas poisoning: UK announces expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats

Wednesday, March 14th 2018 - 16:28 UTC
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The UK will expel 23 Russian diplomats after Moscow refused to explain how a Russian-made nerve agent was used on a former spy in Salisbury, the PM says. Theresa May said the diplomats, who have a week to leave, were identified as “undeclared intelligence officers”. She also revoked an invitation to Russia's foreign minister, and said the Royal Family would not attend the Fifa World Cup later this year. Read full article

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  • EscoSesDoidao

    https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/03/the-novichok-story-is-indeed-another-iraqi-wmd-scam/

    Mar 15th, 2018 - 09:33 am - Link - Report abuse -1
  • DemonTree

    On the BBC today:

    “Mr Johnson told the BBC a sample of the nerve agent would be sent to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons - the independent international body set up to stop chemical warfare - for analysis.”

    They should settle any remaining questions.

    Mar 15th, 2018 - 10:18 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Terence Hill

    “If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it's a duck”

    Mar 15th, 2018 - 01:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • EscoSesDoidao

    Excellent, - Let's see what the OPCW will say on their findings regarding the 'sample of the nerve agent'.

    Mar 15th, 2018 - 03:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    Vremya news presenter Kirill Kleimenov's advice for “traitors or those who simply hate their country in their free time”: “Don't choose Britain as a place to live. Something is wrong there. Maybe it's the climate, but in recent years there have been too many strange incidents with grave outcomes there.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-43330498

    Mar 15th, 2018 - 05:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    There has to be a lot of information that is not public for the UK to react so strongly against Russia. Otherwise the source could be from a variety of sources...

    Mar 15th, 2018 - 09:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • EscoSesDoidao

    There is no way they can confirm the 'nerve agent' is Russian made. Here's Craig Murray's refutal of the twitter 'Duck obsessed' 'Chemist' - Go through the whole thing, - Botton line is, he is forced to admit, they cannot prove the 'toxin' is Russian. The British Government are a disingenious disgrace. https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/03/bothered-by-midgies/

    Mar 15th, 2018 - 11:54 pm - Link - Report abuse -3
  • Voice

    Your continuous anti British rhetoric is quite surprising for a Brit..
    You were born British and you will die British...get used to it and stop whining...

    Mar 16th, 2018 - 12:14 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    @Chicureo
    There is. Corbyn was briefed on it by the security services and still wasn't convinced; take that as you will.

    It's never possible to be 100% sure of anything anyway, we usually go with reasonable doubt in legal cases.

    @Voice
    Are all the Scottish Nationalists so anti-British?

    Mar 16th, 2018 - 09:39 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • EscoSesDoidao

    It's not a duck - Read this. https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/03/of-a-type-developed-by-liars/

    Mar 16th, 2018 - 11:20 am - Link - Report abuse -2
  • Terence Hill

    EscoSesDoidao
    Already have, its someones opinion on a blog. They’re like derrières everyones got one. At the risk of repeating yourself.

    Mar 16th, 2018 - 11:54 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • :o))

    REF: “expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats”: A great way of taking countermeasures!

    Mar 16th, 2018 - 12:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    It is a duck, the only question is whether it's a Russian duck. The comments on Murray's blog really don't help his credibility, they're a regular bunch of conspiracy theorists.

    Why the heck would the UK government want to falsely accuse Russia when it can only lead to trouble for us?

    Mar 16th, 2018 - 01:48 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • SH

    Wow. Kicked out a few low level diplomats. That must have Putin really quaking in his boots - not.

    Mar 16th, 2018 - 03:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

    DemonTree

    Only the ardent and interlectually challenged nationalists confuse the term British for English...
    The rest are realists and would likely be happier if the term United Kingdom was changed to The United Kingdoms...
    I tuned in to Russia's State sponsored TV channel RT last night to see what propaganda they were spinning only to see Salmond with his own TV slot appealing to the public that RT was unbiased and should not be banned from the UK...
    How the un-mighty have fallen...reduced to a mouthpiece for the Russian State this is the mentality of the ardent nationalists...

    SH
    So what do you suggest the UK should do to a trigger happy Nuclear power that has a past history of indifference to the lives of its own population...?
    The most that Obama's superpower did was kick out a few low level diplomats...

    Mar 16th, 2018 - 03:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Voice

    I Think its a great opportunity for both countries to have a spy clear-out. Funny the Police haven't arrested any suspects yet?

    Mar 16th, 2018 - 03:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Terence Hill

    “The only question is whether it's a Russian duck.” There is more than enough circumstantial evidence to answer that.
    “Traitors will kick the bucket': Vladimir Putin swore revenge”
    putin comment on russian traitors
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/06/traitors-will-kick-bucket-vladimir-putin-swore-revenge-poisoned/
    Here are the other times when Russia has been linked to deaths in Britain.
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/06/traitors-will-kick-bucket-vladimir-putin-swore-revenge-poisoned/
    So we have motive, means and opportunity. Who else stood to benefit?

    Mar 16th, 2018 - 04:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    @Voice
    I don't know about banning them, but I thought RT was explicitly supposed to show the news from a Russian viewpoint? No pretence of being unbiased. And Salmond... yeah.

    “So what do you suggest the UK should do to a trigger happy Nuclear power that has a past history of indifference to the lives of its own population...?”

    That's exactly why I can't see the UK government accusing Russia unless they really thought they were guilty. There's no good outcome from this.

    Mar 16th, 2018 - 06:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Terence Hill

    Oops, here’s the correct URL
    Here are the other times when Russia has been linked to deaths in Britain.
    http://www.businessinsider.com/list-alleged-russian-assassinations-in-britain-litvinenko-2018-3
    cryptojane
    The question is why is an Argie troll making a claim for censorship on a news agency based in the South Atlantic. When their sections include the US and international news. Where is it so stated that there is a geo block on news?

    Mar 16th, 2018 - 06:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Lee F

    The problem with our “European allies” is that they are weak. We are getting no benefit from them.

    Mar 17th, 2018 - 06:51 am - Link - Report abuse -1
  • The Voice

    Well said, the Germans and French in particular.

    Mar 17th, 2018 - 02:13 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Den

    The question is why is this piece appearing in Mercopenguin, a British government propaganda organ supposedly devoted to America, South America and the “South Atlantic”?

    Mar 18th, 2018 - 05:24 am - Link - Report abuse -2
  • golfcronie

    If the Russkies want proof then say to Moscow that we ( UK ) are willing to send samples of the nerve agent to them. Just give us the addresses that they want to be sent to. I can think of several.

    Mar 18th, 2018 - 12:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • SH

    But the Russian government have already asked for samples. And they have given their address. But the UK has refused. So what does the British have to hide?

    Mar 20th, 2018 - 11:05 am - Link - Report abuse -1
  • Chel

    The question is why is this piece appearing in Mercopenguin, a British government propaganda organ supposedly devoted to America, South America and the “South Atlantic”?

    Mar 23rd, 2018 - 01:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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