Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

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Russian Federation has refused to explain how Novichok, a nerve agent developed by the Soviet military, was used to strike down the Skripals on 4 March.

Investigators said they have determined the Skripals were poisoned with a Russian-made nerve agent.

LONDON - The leaders of United States, Britain, France and Germany have released a joint statement condemning Russian Federation for the poisoning of Sergei Skripal in England last week.

In a rare joint statement, President Donald Trump, President Emmanuel Macron, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Theresa May say "there is no plausible alternative explanation" to Russian responsibility in the March 4 attack in England. They were found unconscious on a bench and remain critically ill in hospital.

"They tried to protect this relationship between Russia and [the] U.K. But Russia's president and these people who are in power in Russia did not accept it".

"It is an assault on United Kingdom sovereignty and any such use by a state party is a clear violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and a breach of worldwide law". Britain has expelled 23 Russian diplomats and suspended high-level contacts with Moscow over the incident.

Russian Federation no longer pays much attention to hostile statements like the one made by UK Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson, who said Moscow should "go away and shut up", Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. They added that "Russia's failure to address the legitimate request by the United Kingdom government further underlines its responsibility".

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De Bretton-Gordon said it was possible that the Novichok arrived in Salisbury in Yulia Skripal's suitcase, but said much could go wrong in such a scenario.

Glushkov was strangled. While there is no evidence yet to link his killing to the Skripals' case, police said they were "keeping an open mind" because of Glushkov's nationality and his association with Boris Berezovsky, a Russian oligarch and Putin critic who died under mysterious circumstances in 2013.

Dmitry Peskov, Putin's spokesman, responded to Bloomberg over text message: "We have said on different levels and occasions that Russian Federation has nothing to do with this story".

Lavrov said he can not recall a time in his long career as a professional diplomat when the West used that kind of language against Russian Federation, but said that Moscow was not offended. It is entrusted in the United Nations Charter with upholding worldwide peace and security.

The measures announced by Theresa May yesterday in response to the chemical weapons attack in Salisbury are welcome and overdue.

"They could be used here in NY or in cities of any country that sits on this council", she added.

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