Trump demands answers as Russian Federation ignores Britain's spy deadline

Pauline Gross
March 18, 2018

Britain's media regulator said it was considering Prime Minister Theresa May's statement on the poisoning of a Russian double agent before deciding whether the state-funded Russia Today (RT) should face an investigation that could lead to the revocation of its United Kingdom broadcasting licenses.

EMBARRASSING footage shows Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov taking a tumble in front of an audience in Moscow today.

The first-ever combined statement by the leaders of the four countries said there was "no plausible alternative explanation" to the Russian state having been behind the attempted murders of Sergei and Yulia Skripal and added that the attack "threatens the security of us all".

The Treasury Department said the GRU and Russia's military both interfered in the 2016 election and were "directly responsible" for the NotPetya cyberattack that hit businesses across Europe in June 2017, causing billions of dollars in damage by disrupting global shipping, trade and medicine production. They accuse Russian Federation of aggression against their country, and they issue 20-hour ultimatum.

Russian Federation has repeatedly asked Britain to supply a sample of the nerve agent.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Friday it was "overwhelmingly likely" that Vladimir Putin directed the use of the nerve agent on Britain's streets.

"Shall we ensure the country's future together?" he said, drawing shouts of "Yes!" and applause.

Bristow told reporters: "We will always do what is necessary to defend ourselves, our allies and our values against an attack of this sort, which is an attack not only on the United Kingdom, but upon the global rules-based system on which all countries, including Russian Federation, depend for their safety and security", according to The Associated Press. It had said it would take it into consideration if May blamed Russian Federation for the poisoning attack.

Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were admitted to a hospital after being found unconscious in the southern English city of Salisbury last week.

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The list of Russians now under USA sanctions includes the 13 indicted last month by US special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his Russia-related investigation into alleged election interference.

"We have said on different levels and occasions that Russian Federation has nothing to do with this story", Peskov said.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson attempted to rally support on Tuesday by calling his counterparts and vowing that if Russian Federation was responsible, "this would be further reckless behaviour which threatens the global community and requires an worldwide response".

The crisis has unraveled in the thick of Russia's presidential campaign, with Putin expected to win a fourth Kremlin term on Sunday.

On Thursday, Lavrov had a different estimation of what is behind the friction between Russian Federation and the US and Britain, citing what he called the "categorical reluctance of the United States and its Western allies to agree that the 500-year-long period of Western domination in world affairs is coming to an end".

Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain "will consider our next steps in the coming days alongside our allies and partners" in a dispute with Russian Federation over the nerve agent poisoning of a former spy on British soil.

But in 2010 he was given refuge in Britain after being exchanged for Russian spies.

And Russia's ambassador to London, Alexander Yakovenko, suggested the Government was using the incident to divert attention from Brexit. "The whole wave (of such statements) originated from Britain", the state-run RIA news agency quoted Dmitry Peskov as saying.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's office said that Australian leader Malcolm Turnbull joined her in condemnation of the attack.

Other reports by GizPress

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