Sergei Skripal: Great Britain unveils Russia ultimatum

Theresa May suspects that Russia is behind the attempted murder of a Russian ex-spy. The Moscow government should explain the case until Tuesday evening.

Sergei Skripal: Great Britain unveils Russia ultimatum

The British government convened Ambassador of Russia for poisonous attack on a former Russian spy. Eir Russia is responsible for attack or has allowed poison to get into hands of strangers, said Prime Minister Theresa May in Parliament in London. The Russian ambassador to United Kingdom should refer to case.

The British prime minister gave Russia an ultimatum: government in Moscow had to speak to organization for Ban on chemical weapons (OPCW) by Tuesday evening, said May. Russia is "most likely" responsible for poisoning attack on Skripal and his daughter. Skripal was attacked with a military nerve agent, whose type is produced in Russia, said May. According to data, it is nerve agent from Nowitschok series: previously produced substance in Soviet Union, which occurs in about 100 variants, is one of most dangerous nerve toxins ever.

May said to parliamentarians that it is not possible to move to agenda in dealing with Russia. Britain is prepared to take even more drastic measures against Russia.

21 people in Treatment

In morning, May had already discussed case with National Security Council. The panel also includes several ministers as well as high-ranking representatives of army and intelligence services.

The 66-year-old Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter Julia were found unconscious on a bench on March 4 in Salisbury southwest of London. Her condition is still life-threatening. A total of 21 people had to be treated in hospital, among m a policeman who was also seriously ill. He was conscious, but approachable, police shared with him.

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The British law enforcement authorities last week, according to ir own data, were able to prove that a neurotoxin was applied to Skripal and his daughter. They refore evaluate poisoning as a murder attempt.

Hundreds of officials of British anti-terrorist unit identify with support of armed forces in case. At weekend y discovered remains of used nerve venom in a pizzeria and in a pub in Salisbury. Visitors to both venues were advised to wash ir personal items as a precaution.

Skripal, a colonel of Russian military geheimdiensts, was sentenced to 13 years in prison in Russia for accusation of espionage for Britain in 2006. In course of a prison exchange he came to Britain in 2010.

The case reminds us of murder of ex-agent and Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned in London in 2006 with radioactive Polonium in tea. The tracks led to Moscow.

Poison gas attack-British government orders Russian ambassador a British prime Minister Theresa May suspects that Russia is responsible for poison gas attack on a Russian ex-spy near London. A Russian ex-intelligence officers described this as a hysterical PR campaign. © Photo: Picture Alliance/AP Photo Russia: Skripal Case is a British affair

Russia's government has rejected any involvement in case and accused Britain of conducting anti-Russian propaganda.

President Vladimir Putin said that British should first determine what exactly happened to Skripal before y blamed Russia: "First of all, we will discuss this with you."

Previously, Putin's spokesman, Dmitri Peskow, had said that Skripal had worked for British Secret Service and had been poisoned on British territory, said Peskow. Therefore, incident was "nothing to do with Russia, not to mention Russian leadership."

Date Of Update: 13 March 2018, 12:02

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