UK Deploys Troops where Rus. Double Agent Poisoned
Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+2891) one year ago
21 other people besides the spy and his daughter were also taken sick by the nerve chemical involved. "British Prime Minister Theresa May said her government would respond appropriately if evidence showed Moscow was behind the attack on Mr. Skripal, who served time in a Russian jail for spying for England, before he was released in a spy swap.

"Britain Deploys Specialist Troops to Salisbury Where Russian Double Agent, Daughter Poisoned"

This is an older article (June 15, 2017) about other poisonings and deaths in Britain:

"The Russian government passed new laws giving its agents a licence to kill enemies of the state abroad in 2006, the same year two assassins from the FSB, Russia’s spy agency, flew to London to poison the defector and one-time KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko with radioactive polonium. Last year, a British public inquiry found that Vladimir Putin had likely approved that assassination in an act of nuclear terrorism in the British capital that was impossible for the government to ignore. But high-ranking intelligence sources said other less glaringly obvious assassinations have gone unpunished."
Posted by The man from snowy plains (-239) one year ago
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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+2891) one year ago
Prime Minister, Theresa May, has given Vladimir Putin’s administration until midnight on Tuesday [March 13, 2018] to explain how a former spy was poisoned in Salisbury, otherwise she will conclude it was an 'unlawful use of force' by the Russian state against the UK.

After chairing a meeting of the national security council, the prime minister told MPs that it was 'highly likely' that Russia was responsible for the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. She warned that Britain would not tolerate such a 'brazen attempt to murder innocent civilians on our soil'.

In a statement to the House of Commons that triggered an angry response from Moscow, the prime minister said the evidence had shown that Skripal had been targeted by a 'military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia'. Describing the incident as an 'indiscriminate and reckless act', she said that the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, had summoned the Russian ambassador to Whitehall and demanded an explanation by the end of Tuesday."


Prime Minister May's complete statement may be read at:
Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+2891) one year ago
Today, March 14, 2018, UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, expelled 23 Russian diplomats over the poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain, which the Brits recognize as an "appalling act of aggression" by a hostile state (Russia) acting against their country.

In contrast, U.S. President Trump has yet to impose the sanctions against Russia passed this year by the U.S. House and Senate. Go figure!

Prime Minister Theresa May understands Russian aggression and is defending and protecting the country she governs. Additionally, President Obama also understood Russian aggression -- and on December 29, 2016, President Obama expelled 35 Russian operatives and imposed sanctions on Russia for meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections.


Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+2891) one year ago
“'Where Prime Minister May has taken bold and decisive initial action to combat Russian aggression, our own president has waffled and demurred,' said Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic minority leader. 'Prime Minister May’s decision to expel the Russian diplomats is the level of response that many Americans have been craving from our own administration.'

Other critics noted that, under the NATO charter, an attack on one member is considered an attack on all.

'Judgment day for Donald Trump,' R. Nicholas Burns, a former ambassador to NATO and an under secretary of state under President George W. Bush, wrote on Twitter. Referring to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, he added: 'Will he support Britain unequivocally on the nerve agent attack? Back #NATO sanctions? Finally criticize Putin? Act like a leader of the West?'

Evelyn Farkas, a former Pentagon official who oversaw Russia policy under President Barack Obama, said Mr. Trump should offer a range of assistance to Britain to help investigate the incident, prevent further such attacks on British sovereignty and impose punishment. She added that the United States could cite the suspicious death of Mikhail Y. Lesin, a former Russian minister, in a Washington hotel in 2015, in taking joint action. Investigators concluded that he died from a drunken fall but many remain skeptical.

'Frankly, I believe we should have and could still do this in response to Russia’s election interference in the United States and several other NATO countries,' she said. 'We certainly should craft additional sanctions together with the U.K. and the E.U. to address the assassinations.'

Until Tuesday night, the White House had avoided pointing the finger at Russia for the attack, in which a former Russian spy was poisoned with a nerve agent near his home in southern England.

At her briefing on Monday, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, condemned the attack without publicly agreeing with Britain’s assessment that Russia was behind it. The administration’s only tough comment on Russian involvement until Tuesday came from Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, but he has since been fired.'

Read more at:

"Trump, Pressured to Criticize Russia for Poisoning, Leaves Comment to Aides" by Peter Baker, New York Times, March 14, 2018
Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+2891) one year ago
"Britain Says It Has Proof Russia Stockpiled Lethal Nerve Agent" by Ellen Barry, New York Times, March 18, 2018

"Russia Has Stockpiled Nerve Agent Over Past Decade, Says Johnson: U.K. foreign secretary says Kremlin has been investigating the use of nerve agents for assassination purposes" The Guardian, March 18, 2018

"Today [March 19, 2018 analysts from the U.N.-backed Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will arrive in Britain to test samples of the nerve agent used in the poisoning."