Published: Sat, March 17, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

British Foreign Secretary Claims Putin Murdered Skripal

British Foreign Secretary Claims Putin Murdered Skripal

According to British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, the order to use chemical weapons on the territory of the kingdom, Russian special services were supposed to receive a personal order from the Russian president himself.

"We think it overwhelmingly likely that it was his [Putin's] decision to direct the use of a nerve agent on the streets of the United Kingdom, on the streets of Europe, for the first time since the second world war".

Mentioning Putin in the context of Sergei Skripal's poisoning "is nothing but shocking and unforgiveable behaviour from the point of view of diplomacy", Peskov said.

Mr Saakashvili told Sky News: "I think that for some reason Russian Federation believed that the UK would be softer on Russian Federation than, say, the United States".

British investigators are working on the theory that an item of clothing or cosmetics or a gift in the luggage of Skripal's daughter was impregnated with the toxin, and then opened in Skripal's house in Salisbury, the Daily Telegraph said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov already confirmed that Moscow planned to expel British diplomats in retaliation for Britain's punitive actions.

Russian-Western relations were already straining over Russia's involvements in conflicts in Syria and Ukraine as well as its alleged meddling in the USA presidential election.

In a state-of-the-nation speech earlier this month, Putin said Russian Federation has tested an array of new nuclear weapons that are impossible to intercept.

"All the steps will be well thought out", Peskov said on Friday. London has actively engaged a NATO-led anti-Russian campaign for this goal, he said.

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A spokesman told AFP Friday the police were awaiting the results of a post-mortem.

"Britain's failure to cooperate on Skripal poisoning is a major violation of chemical weapons convention", Lavrov said in comments attributed to him and posted on Twitter by the Russian Embassy in London.

Many Russians remain sceptical that the state was involved in the attack and some analysts didn't rule out the involvement of ordinary criminals or rogue agents.

Leaders from the United States, Germany and France joined the accusing Russian Federation of being behind the attack in a statement Thursday. An autopsy showed he died from "compression to the neck", the police said in a statement, adding that there was no evidence he had been poisoned or to link his death to the attack on the Skripals.

In 2007, Britain expelled four Russian diplomats after the murder of Alexander Litvinenko.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Stoltenberg said the incident was part of a "pattern of reckless behaviour" from Russian Federation, following allegations of cyber attacks and election meddling in recent years. "People support Putin as a symbol of Russian Federation, symbol of its might".

Skripal and his daughter have been critically ill since March 4, when they were found unconscious on a bench.

On March 15, the U.S. Treasury Department said it would levy sanctions against five Russian entities and 19 individuals, accusing them of having meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and engaged in "malicious" cyber attacks.

Vil Mirzayanov, who now lives in New Jersey, is quoted in the Novaya Gazeta newspaper as saying that he revealed the existence of Novichok because he thought it was necessary to deprive Russian Federation of its "deadly secret".

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