Britain accuses Russia of secretly stockpiling nerve agent

Alexei Pavlishak  TASS

The Times also reported Russian senior diplomat Alexander Shulgin said on Saturday that Russia had discontinued its chemical weapons production when the Soviet Union collapsed.

On March 12, Prime Minister Theresa May claimed it was "highly likely" that Russian Federation was to blame, after Britain identified the substance as a type of nerve agent developed by the Soviet military.

The British government said it was expecting the retaliatory expulsions from Russian Federation.

'It is Russian Federation that is in flagrant breach of worldwide law and the Chemical Weapons Convention'.

British Prime Minister Theresa May this week expelled 23 Russian diplomats and severed high-level contacts over the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

Russia has demanded consular access to Yulia Skripal, a Russian citizen, and complained that Britain has not responded to that request.

British police said Friday that he died from compression to the neck and opened a murder investigation.

It was the first use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War and also saw Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, who was part of the initial response to the incident, taken to hospital.

The Foreign Ministry said Moscow's measures were a response to what it called Britain's "provocative actions and groundless accusations".

More news: Britain's top diplomat says Russia's Vladimir Putin ordered ex-spy's poisoning

The Russian foreign ministry summoned the British ambassador, Laurie Bristow, to its headquarters on Saturday morning to inform him of the retaliatory measures.

Russian news agencies reported that it was to discuss the poisoning, while the United Kingdom embassy in Russia said it was a pre-planned meeting.

"We actually have evidence within the last 10 years that Russian Federation has not only been investigating the delivery of nerve agents for the purposes of assassination, but has also been creating and stockpiling Novichok", Johnson told the BBC.

Among the properties that should be targeted, say lawmakers eager for an immediate response to the expulsion of British diplomats, is property owned by companies registered to Russia's first deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov, and the London house worth more than $150 million of oligarch Roman Abramovich, owner of Chelsea soccer club.

Britain's foreign secretary accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of personally ordering the poisoning.

Russia has now denied that any program under the name Novichok ever existed, despite the evidence presented two decades ago by the Russian scientist Vil Mirzayanov, who revealed its existence after becoming concerned it violated Russia's commitments to the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Echoing Mr Johnson's remarks, Mr Czaputowicz said: "We are sure that it is the Russian state which is involved in this attempt".

Moscow also made a decision to close the British Council in Russian Federation and to withdraw permission for Britain to open a general consulate in St Petersburg, the ministry said in a statement.

The closure of the British Council's Moscow office will sever cultural ties, while that of the consulate-general in St Petersburg will end Britain's diplomatic presence in Russia's second city.

Related News:

  • Everyone Wins a Free Little Caesar's Lunch Combo

    Everyone Wins a Free Little Caesar's Lunch Combo

    United States pizza franchise Little Caesars may be regretting a promotion it did for the NCAA's March Madness tournament . And insane happened Friday, March 16, when #16 seed University of Maryland-Baltimore County beat #1 seed Virginia 74 to 54.
    Volkswagen assigns €20 billion in battery orders, speeds EV push

    Volkswagen assigns €20 billion in battery orders, speeds EV push

    To accommodate production, Müller said the company will adapt nine production sites to handle electric-vehicle production. Its new program includes launching of three new vehicle models this year with a succession of dozens of more models.
    Georgia Hires Tom Crean As Its New Basketball Coach

    Georgia Hires Tom Crean As Its New Basketball Coach

    Crean had a tremendous tenure at IN , taking them to the Sweet 16 three times and he took Marquette to the final four IN 2003. He was relieved of his duties March 16, 2017, after a loss in the first round of the 2017 National Invitational Tournament .
  • United Kingdom  teacher wins $1m global prize in Dubai

    United Kingdom teacher wins $1m global prize in Dubai

    She said many students live in "challenging circumstances" and have "tough lives". "That's how phenomenal they are". She was "overwhelmed" to win the prize, presented by Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton in Dubai .
    New York Jets should pass on a quarterback

    New York Jets should pass on a quarterback

    Former Rams free-agent cornerback Johnson agreed to terms with the Jets on a deal that could be worth $15m per season. Case Keenum is joining the Denver Broncos while Sam Bradford is expected to sign with the Arizona Cardinals .
    Samsung is Offering Same Day In-Person Repairs

    Samsung is Offering Same Day In-Person Repairs

    Samsung is a pioneering leader in smartphones and HDTVs in the USA and one of America's fastest growing home appliance brands. According to Korea's The Bell , Samsung has assembled 2 million more S9 units to sell in year-one, than it did for the S8.
  • Southeast Asian leaders seek agreement on South China Sea code

    Southeast Asian leaders seek agreement on South China Sea code

    The leaders added they wanted to see an "early conclusion of an effective code of conduct in the South China Sea". Community groups from the countries represented at ASEAN protested on the streets of Sydney.
    Special Counsel's Russia Probe Inching Closer To President Trump

    Special Counsel's Russia Probe Inching Closer To President Trump

    The Trump Organization is not publicly held, making it hard to determine where it receives its money and invests it. Trump campaigned as a businessman whose deal-making prowess would translate directly into reforming Washington .
    Spotify is finally set to make its debut in India

    Spotify is finally set to make its debut in India

    It's both selling music streaming services to listeners, and selling the tools to reach and monetize those listeners to musicians. Spotify allows users to browse, discover, curate playlists, build their own music collection and share music with friends.
  • Titans sign cornerback Malcolm Butler to multi-year contract

    Titans sign cornerback Malcolm Butler to multi-year contract

    Butler is not coming off a career year, but he's played well in recent seasons despite often following top opposing receivers. They have the pieces in place to make a real run in the AFC as, beyond the Patriots, the road to the Super Bowl is wide open.
    Olivia Munn blasts United after puppy death

    Olivia Munn blasts United after puppy death

    Alaska Airlines carried nearly 115,000 animals past year and reported just two deaths and one lost animal, the data show. A witness said a flight attendant had ordered the pet owner to put the dog in the compartment before the plane took off.
    Police arrest man wanted in connection with killing of KY officer

    Police arrest man wanted in connection with killing of KY officer

    Hamilton's casket was draped with an American flag and led down Hambley Boulevard in a processional ceremony Wednesday. Hundreds of people lined the streets of downtown Pikeville Wednesday to pay their respects as his body was moved.


Most liked

White House lawyer says Trump not considering firing Mueller
McCabe was sacked Friday night, by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, less than 48 hours before his planned retirement from the bureau.

Myanmar leader welcomed to Australian Parliament House
During the summit, the crisis was addressed frankly and at length, according to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. University of Sydney and University of Technology awarded Ms Suu Kyi with honorary doctorate degrees.

Indian Wells: Roger Federer battles past Borna Coric to reach final
The players dueled through eight deuces in an epic eighth game, with the Russian turning back six break points against her. The German won 15 titles on the ATP Tour, the last two coming in 2013 when he triumphed in Munich and Vienna.

Ratcliffe: Everton striker Tosun must improve his fitness
We got undone by a top team. "For both goals I had seconds to react and this is just how strikers must work in the box". Stoke recovered well after going down to 10-men and were tough for Everton to break down.

No one country can fight terrorism alone - Najib
They will unlock new opportunities for the economies and strengthen their joint work to countering terrorism and other common security threats.

Korea, US vow close coordination on N. Korea
Swedish public broadcaster SVT reported, without citing sources, that Ri planned to stay in Sweden until Sunday. Ivanka Trump sat down Thursday with South Korea's foreign minister for a meeting whose goal remains a mystery.

Warriors F to miss at least 2 weeks with rib cartilage fracture
Young added 16 points and Andre Iguodala had 11 points for the Warriors, who led by as many as 11 points in the first half. Stephen Curry (tweaked right ankle) and Klay Thompson (fractured right thumb) are sidelined.

United Nations Ranks Ten Happiest Countries on Earth
Armenia ranks 129th out of 156 countries in the World Happiness Report 2018 by the United Nations (UN), News.am reports . Finland soared to the number one position, while Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland rounded out the top five.

Parties announce candidates: RS polls on Mar.23
Rathwa, a senior tribal leader from central Gujarat, said the "ruling party was opposed to a tribal going to the Rajya Sabha". Of the six Rajya Sabha seats, the Congress and the NCP had two each, Shiv Sena and the BJP had one each.

Former South African President Jacob Zuma faces corruption trial, says chief prosecutor
The case was controversially dropped by the National Prosecuting Authority in 2009, shortly before Zuma won the presidency. Shaun Abrahams announced that Zuma will face charges including fraud, corruption, racketeering and money laundering.

Michael Crabtree will sign with Ravens
Ryan Grant isn't wasting any time in moving on after the Ravens cited a failed physical to nullify his contract. Fresh off a three-season with stint in Oakland, the 30-year-old Crabtree is headed into his 10th season.

Why Blocking Broadcom's Acquisition of Qualcomm Might Be a Good Thing
But Washington has offered only scant evidence that Broadcom's purchase would endanger national security. Broadcom and Qualcomm are likely to pursue other deals now that Broadcom's offer has been withdrawn.

Liverpool can win the Champions League, says Sadio Mane
City and Liverpool could face each other as in the quarter-final stage, teams from the same nation can be drawn together. Outsiders Roma and Sevilla are also potential opponents.

Tiger opens strong at Bay Hill in key Masters tuneup
Woods did not lead at the time he finished, but he was one back of Jimmy Walker , who shot a 5-under 67. While Woods isn't in the lead at the moment, his current form makes him the golfer to beat in Bay Hill.

Fate uncertain for Toys R Us stores in Central Pa.
And big stores, such as Walmart and Target , are less likely to sell smaller brands because they have less space to sell toys. The company's troubles have affected toy makers Mattel and Hasbro, which are big suppliers to the chain.