May Declares Russia "Clearly" Responsible For Spy Poisoning: "An Unlawful Use Of Force Against UK"

As previewed last night, Theresa May has officially blamed Russia for a nerve-agent attack on Sergei Skripal, a former Russian double agent, and his daughter Yulia, that led to the hospitalization of 21 people.

In a speech to the House of Commons, May fleshed out the evidence that the UK has gathered to make its determination, while insisting that actions would be taken to hold the regime accountable - raising the possibility of more sanctions against Russia.

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May told lawmakers that it was "highly likely" that Russia was responsible for the attack, explaining how a known Russian nerve agent had been discovered by investigators at the scene of the attack in Salisbury. If Moscow is unequivocally proven to have masterminded the attack, May said the UK government would consider it "an unlawful use of force."

The British PM told the House of Commons that the former spy was poisoned with “military-grade nerve agent of the type developed by Russia”, according to world-leading experts at Porton Down, the government’s chemical weapons research centre.

However, instead of conclusively declaring that Russian President Vladimir Putin had authorized the attack, May said UK intelligence said there are two possibilities of the origin of this action: That the attack was ordered by the Russian state, or the Russian state lost control of these nerve agents, which were then utilized to attack Skripal.

"Russia has previously produced this agent, and the government has concluded that it is highly likely that Russia was responsible," May said.

She pointed out that the attack happened "against a backdrop of Russian state aggression" citing the annexation of Crimea and unrest in the Donbas region. May added that Russia has meddled in elections. "We will not tolerate such a brazen attempt to murder innocent civilians on our soil," May said.

May said the British government had summoned the Russian ambassador to the Foreign Office and has given him a  36 hour ultimatum to explain how state developed nerve agent used in Salisbury, or face “extensive measures”.

Meanwhile the UK stood ready to take “much more extensive measures” to retaliate against Moscow.

“I share the impatience of this house and the country at large to bring those responsible to justice and take a full range of appropriate responses….but as a nation that believes in justice and the rule of law it’s right we proceed in the right way,” Mrs May said.

The attempted murder was not just a crime against the Skripal family but was an “indiscriminate and reckless” act against the UK, said the prime minister who also added that it fitted into a “well-established” pattern of Russian state aggression including the illegal annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and the hacking of the German parliament and Danish government as well as the murder of Alexander Litvinenko.

Quoted by the FT, Jeremy Corbyn, Labour leader, denounced the “shocking events” in Salisbury on March 4 but said Britain should not cut off diplomatic ties with Russia. He said the government should maintain a “robust dialogue” with Moscow.

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Earlier in the day, Russian President Vladimir Putin brushed aside questions about Russia's involvement, telling a BBC journalist that the UK needs to figure this out for itself before approaching Russia with any accusations, per RT.

Sort this out for yourselves first, then come talk to us,” said the Russian president, when asked about the case by a BBC journalist during a visit to the southern region of Krasnodar. Putin then emphasized that he was in the region to deal with matters related to agriculture, not international espionage.

Following the official accusation by Theresa May, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters that "this is a circus act in the British Parliament." Dismissing the allegations as "fairy tales," she said, "It’s just another political-information campaign based on a provocation."

Echoing Zakharova, a member of the Russian Senate’s international affairs committee said that Russia had no reason to kill Skripal.

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Despite May's rhetoric, it's possible that the UK response will be more bark than bite: As Bloomberg points out, British authorities took only modest countermeasures in 2006, when Russian agents poisoned a former MI6 informant with a rare and toxic isotope, polonium 210.

May explained that Russia’s ambassador to the U.K. has been summoned to explain how a Russian nerve agent turned up in Salisbury, the English city where Skripal and his adult daughter were sickened. Later, she said she would return to the House of Commons to review the options for responding to the attack - which is expected to include sanctions.

Comments

Manthong Shitonya Serfs Mon, 03/12/2018 - 13:51 Permalink

 

Salisbury attack on British spy er, former Russian Spy… chemical agent determined to be of Russian origin

Hmm..  of course the Deep State in the US and UK could not spoof the origin like they do for software or possibly chemical attacks in Syria.

Of course the allegations or insinuations will not affect the World Cup like the doping allegations affected Russian reputation and team at the recent winter Olympics.  

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BennyBoy IH8OBAMA Mon, 03/12/2018 - 14:55 Permalink

 

“military-grade nerve agent of the type developed by Russia”

“military-grade nerve agent of the type developed by Britain”

“military-grade nerve agent of the type developed by USA”

“military-grade nerve agent of the type developed by China”

“military-grade nerve agent of the type developed by Ukraine”

 

Isn't the Ukraine one of the USA sock puppet governments? The CIA wouldn't some some of that nerve agent to Britain for something nefarious would they? Hell yeah they would!

 

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Shemp 4 Victory BennyBoy Mon, 03/12/2018 - 15:10 Permalink

Theresa May is attempting to cover up MI6 and/or US involvement.

Per the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention, of which the US is also a signatory, Russia declared in September 2017 that all of its chemical weapons had been destroyed.

From October 2017:

Last month, Russia declared that all its chemical weapons stockpiles had been disposed of – news that Western media “decided to stay silent on,” according to Putin – while the US has persistently delayed its own destruction schedule, and now plans to complete the process in 2023 at the earliest.

“We destroyed everything, and then our American partners said – ‘Not yet, we don’t have money.’ So, they have a dollar printing press, yet they don’t have money. But we, on the other hand, do?” said Putin with heavy sarcasm.

In January of this year, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov had some interesting words regarding US foot-dragging in destroying its own chemical weapons:

“There’s a completely different picture with the liquidation of chemical weapons in the US, that, no doubt, has all necessary financial, industrial, scientific and technical resources to resolve this problem,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said in a statement.

“Despite that, they time after time recklessly delay the timeframe for the complete destruction of their own chemical stockpiles. That means that no other than Washington remains in possession of the world’s largest chemical weapons stockpiles – more than 2,500 tons of the most dangerous toxic agents,” he added.

That begs the question what the US intends to do with its “carefully kept weapons of mass destruction banned for others,” Ryabkov argued. “It seems they [the US] need them for something.”

It seems they need them for something.

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French Bloke Troy Ounce Mon, 03/12/2018 - 16:04 Permalink

Russia has previously produced this agent, and the government has concluded that it is highly likely that Russia was responsible

Correction:

The fact that the British Govt knows Russia produced this precise strain, in all probablility, means that the British have got hold of it somehow. How else could they know?

Therefore, I contend, it is even more likely that this is an MI5 plot to frame the Russians, ergo highly likely that Britain is responsible.

You don't need to be fucking Sherlock Holmes to get to the bottom of this stuff. NONE of any of the anti Russian allegations has yet been proven substantially and most have been blown wide open. Getting bored with ZOG attempts to destroy the world...

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JohninMK French Bloke Mon, 03/12/2018 - 17:47 Permalink

Apologise for late insertion here, as well as at the end, but once you have checked it out you will understand why as this is an astonishing document. Here we go

OK, just found this document from 1993. It is part of the 'what can we do to turn Soviet tanks into plowshares' plan back then. This is an amazing document.

I can't cut and past  as its a pdf that also takes a bit of time to load. You need pages 18/19/20.

Veli-Pekka Kivimäki‏Verified account @vpkivimaki

So there's a translated interview with one of the creators of Novichok agents from 1993. Found in a JPRS report available through DTIC. 

http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a333126.pdf

 

Huge thanks to Twitter users Private Joker and Veli-Pekka Kivimäki

 

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KuriousKat BennyBoy Mon, 03/12/2018 - 16:33 Permalink

Wow They stock that shit at Port Down just 9 miles away from the event.  You dont stick that stuff in a bottle of cologne as a gift..a fraction of a drop can kill you..but somehow...the defector and daughter survived..What a lecherous bitch. Now he doesnt have to testify in court with Steele whos in hiding anyway..he can claim memory loss..the MI6 connection to the garbage dossier  would then be severed..

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gregga777 BennyBoy Mon, 03/12/2018 - 18:18 Permalink

Yes, the kind that the U.K. MoD keeps in inventory at Porton Down. Has Christopher Steele visited anyone who works there recently?

 

It's more likely that Christopher Steele had the greatest motive to get rid of Sergei Skripal. Skripal probably helped him make up the so-called Trump Dossier. The Brits should be checking their inventory of nerve agents at Porton Down*. 

Steele and Skripal finishing off a bottle of Vodka. 

Steele: Hillary Clinton is willing to spend big money for intelligence that Donald Trump is a Russian agent. 

Skripal: Da, tovarisch. 

Steele: Do you still have any contacts in the Russian FSB?

Skripal: They no time of day give me. 

Steele: Well, that's too bad.

Skripal: Not to worry. Ve facts makeup. 

Steele: What?

Skripal: Ve facts invent. Pen and paper you have? Da? Khorosho. Writing down you start. 

And that's how the so-called Trump Dossier was invented out of whole cloth. Sergei Skripal and his daughter were probably Steele's Senior Russian officials. 

 

*Porton Down is where the British have their biological and chemical agents laboratories. 

 

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bluez IH8OBAMA Mon, 03/12/2018 - 14:57 Permalink

This is TFP (Truly Fucking Pathetic), or in other words incredibly stupid. Does anyone not know third grade chemistry? There are no special "Russian nerve agents". Or in other words, are there any special chemicals that only Russian chemists can make? Is there a "nerve agent gap"?

THEY CAN ONLY MAKE THIS SPECIAL SAUCE IN RUSSIA?????

How come May has not mentioned the actual name of the "special Russian" chemical (so we can instantly look it up in Wikipedia)?????

This is what passes for evidence? This intelligence insulting bitch needs a swift kick in the ass. STOP INSULTING US!!!!!

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philipat bluez Mon, 03/12/2018 - 15:49 Permalink

I note there has been crickets in the MSM about the connections to Christopher Steele and the implications of said relationship?

These "revelations" have a strong resemblance to the "Iraq Dossier" in quality and for Russia to make such an attack now makes no sense so long after he was released and presumably fully debriefed by both sides. What does make sense is the effect of whipping Europe back into line over Russian sanctions as Germany in particular shows signs of leaving the fold. And interviews about the Steele connection and the source of the "Trump Dossier" might also be inconvenient for certain Parties?

As always, cui bono ?

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BlindMonkey IH8OBAMA Mon, 03/12/2018 - 16:20 Permalink

"Puti ordered it because he want to be seen as Russia's "Strong Man" before the elections. (which are rigged anyway)"

 

Do you even listen to yourself?  

 

Paraphrased: "He attacked a hostile foreign power with a traceable substance to get blamed thereby causing an escalation to look good for an election who's outcome is already known because it is a fraud."

 

 

Dude.  It is like you are just phoning it in and not even trying anymore. 

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DillyDilly trulz4lulz Mon, 03/12/2018 - 14:17 Permalink

Well, THAT, &, not trying to be purposefully misogynist here, but it's starting to appear to me that FEMALE politicians, (vis-a-vis 'Merkle', 'Haley', 'May', 'Freeland', seem to be TWICE as easy prey for globalist agendas with fat wallet backers.

 

I'm trying to be as even handed as possible here, but it's starting to become a compelling observation.

 

Edit ~ @Joe Davola <above> ~ +1 classic ZZ Top

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NiggaPleeze Perimetr Mon, 03/12/2018 - 14:32 Permalink

 

What is this "known" Russian never agent?  Who else manufactures it?  Does UK (or could it as a "special project")?  Particularly, in the lab right down the street?

Interesting they allowed the possibility that the gas, if made in Russia, could have been stolen.  Is that because they thought the sheeple might actually wonder about the anthrax released after 9/11, which came from a US facility, and which nobody ever accused the government of unleashing?

EDIT:  Apparently May is alleging the chemical involved is a novichok, which was supposedly produced by the USSR from the 1970s to the 1990s.  Assuming all this is true, I found the following interesting excerpt from Wikipedia in terms of who may have access to the chemical (aside from the Russian state and/or ((Russian)) mafia):

One of the key manufacturing sites was the Soviet State Scientific Research Institute for Organic Chemistry and Technology (GosNIIOKhT) in Nukus, Uzbekistan. ... Since its independence in 1991, Uzbekistan has been working with the government of the United States to dismantle and decontaminate the sites where the Novichok agents and other chemical weapons were tested and developed.

Funny, didn't see anything in May's speech about that.

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philipat Crash N. Burn Mon, 03/12/2018 - 15:59 Permalink

David Icke also just had one of his (sold out) speaking engagements (in Leicester, his home town) cancelled by the venue after pressure from "Authorities". There really does seem to be globally-coordinated crackdown on dissent, of which the UK provides the most egregious example. And, of course, the UK has no Second Amendment so resistance is impossible.

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commoncourtesy philipat Tue, 03/13/2018 - 05:24 Permalink

The fluoride has worked well in the UK water to dumb down the masses and who knows what prescription drugs keep getting recirculated through our sewage farms. No wonder everyone is walking around in a trance.

The UK top government executives are called 'Ministers'. They preach gospel from their pulpits along with their 'Clergy' - Secretaries of State. QEII is Head of their ecclesiastical 'Church of England'. Politicians have absolute freedom to say whatever lies they like as they have full diplomatic immunity. The sheeple are none the wiser to these actors.

Now they want to get together with their 'friends' to help them stage their own world cup in the UK...

Stop laughing everyone... this is not funny.

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One of these i… Perimetr Mon, 03/12/2018 - 20:49 Permalink

It would kill a whole lot of people, and other creatures, none of whom have any say in the matter.

In my case, I've been fuming about the golden opportunity we all missed to engage with Russia when the wall came down.

I see nowt in it for us with this constant being shitty to them either.

It's all fucking senseless nastiness, and the horrible stories you gleefully exchange here, seem to be largely true. 

Shit.

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risk.averse DillyDilly Mon, 03/12/2018 - 18:16 Permalink

Could it be that fear more easily motivates females than it does men? Who better to do your bidding.

And if you’re trying to push a deceitful agenda female mouthpieces just seem so much more believable. Examples: the Brits (with May coming in after Brexit vote) and various Australian regional states (with Labor Party there elevating women to leadership roles when it’s been unpopular). There have been European examples as well. 

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