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  • Lavrov: Swiss lab says ‘BZ toxin’ used in Salisbury, not produced in Russia, was in US & UK service

    04/15/2018 10:26:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    RT News ^ | 04/15/2018
    The substance used on Sergei Skripal was an agent called BZ, according to Swiss state Spiez lab, the Russian foreign minister said. The toxin was never produced in Russia, but was in service in the US, UK, and other NATO states. Sergei Skripal, a former Russian double agent, and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with an incapacitating toxin known as 3-Quinuclidinyl benzilate or BZ, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, citing the results of the examination conducted by a Swiss chemical lab that worked with the samples that London handed over to the Organisation for the Prohibition of the Chemical...
  • Toxin used in Salisbury poisoning was not Russian made, Lavrov cites Swiss Lab report

    04/15/2018 7:55:54 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 60 replies
    Moscow [Russia], Apr. 15 (ANI): Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov claimed on Saturday that the toxin used to poison former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, was BZ toxin, as confirmed by a Swiss laboratory. "Based on the results of the examination, traces of the toxic chemical BZ and its precursors, related to chemical weapons of the second category in accordance with the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, were found in the samples. BZ is a nerve agent temporarily disabling a person. The effect is achieved within 30-50 minutes and lasts up to four days," said...
  • Airspace Over Syria Cleared for Attack

    04/11/2018 5:11:06 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 152 replies
    thesun.co.uk ^ | April 11, 2018
    A HEAVY flight of US-led coalition warplanes have reportedly been seen flying over the Iraqi border as a nerve gas counter attack looms. Flight data shows planes being diverted from Syrian airspace as a 48 hour clearance was reportedly ordered by the US military
  • Yulia Skripal leaves British hospital five weeks after nerve agent attack

    04/10/2018 7:11:53 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/10/2018 | Peter Nicholls
    SALISBURY, England (Reuters) - Yulia Skripal has left hospital more than five weeks after she and her father, a former Russian spy, were poisoned with a nerve agent in an attack that has sparked one of the biggest crises in the West’s relations with the Kremlin since the Cold War. -snip- The Skripals were in a critical condition for weeks and doctors at one point feared, even if they survived, they might have suffered brain damage. But the Skripals’ health since then has begun to improve rapidly. Yulia, 33, has been discharged from Salisbury District Hospital, Christine Blanshard, medical director...
  • Big embarrassment for Britain: lab findings spark social media uproar The revelation of Porton Down

    04/04/2018 6:39:46 PM PDT · by NorseViking · 23 replies
    The Duran ^ | April 4, 2018 | Frank Sellers
    The revelation of Porton Down’s CEO shows that someone has been lying about the Skripal case, and that someone is Boris Johnson. The Chief of the Defense Science and Tech lab at Porton Down, the lab examining the chemical agent that the Skripals were poisoned with, came out with the news, in an interview with SkyNews, that they have no idea where the poison originated: “We were able to identify it as Novichok, to identify that it was military-grade nerve agent.” “We have not identified the precise source, but we have provided the scientific info to government who have then...
  • The Latest: Russian spokeswoman mocks Britain's allegations

    04/03/2018 10:37:10 PM PDT · by NorseViking · 18 replies
    AP ^ | April 3, 2018 | Stuff
    A boy looks through a bus window alleged to be carrying Russian diplomats and their family members who were ordered to leave the US, as they depart from Vnukovo 2 government airport, outside Moscow, Russia, Sunday, April 1, 2018. The United States and more than a dozen European nations kicked out Russian diplomats on Monday and the Trump administration ordered Russia's consulate in Seattle to close, as the West sought joint punishment for Moscow's alleged role in poisoning an ex-spy in Britain. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) A spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry says Britain's failure to track down the source...
  • Salisbury poisoning: UK experts cannot prove novichok nerve agent used on Skripals came from Russia

    04/03/2018 8:23:49 PM PDT · by NorseViking · 40 replies
    Independent / Yahoo ^ | April 4, 2018 | Kim Sengupta
    Accusations and recriminations between Britain and Russia are set to escalate with the news that scientists at the Porton Down military research facility have been unable to establish exactly where the novichok nerve agent used to carry out the Skripal attack was manufactured. The admission comes the day before Moscow convenes an emergency meeting of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague in which it is expected to demand access to samples from the Salisbury poisoning for analysis by Russian scientists. Russia’s embassy in London responded that Porton Down’s assessment “proves that all political declarations...
  • Did Putin Order the Salisbury Hit?

    03/20/2018 7:27:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2018 | Pat Buchanan
    Britain has yet to identify the assassin who tried to murder the double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury, England. But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson knows who ordered the hit. "We think it overwhelmingly likely that it was (Russian President Vladimir Putin's) decision to direct the use of a nerve agent on the streets of the U.K." "Unforgivable," says Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov of the charge, which also defies "common sense." On Sunday, Putin echoed Peskov: "It is just sheer nonsense, complete rubbish, to think that anyone in Russia could do anything like that in the run-up...
  • Russia spy poisoning: 23 UK diplomats expelled from Moscow

    03/17/2018 5:36:00 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 18 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3/17/2018 | BBC
    Russia is to expel 23 British diplomats amid tensions over the nerve agent attack on a former spy and his daughter in the UK. The Russian foreign ministry said staff from the UK's Moscow embassy would be expelled within a week. It also said it would close the British Council in Russia, which promotes cultural ties between the nations, and the British Consulate in St. Petersburg. The move comes in response to Britain's decision to expel 23 Russian diplomats.........
  • After thirteen days, do detectives really STILL not know how spy was poisoned? [trunc]

    03/16/2018 5:31:08 PM PDT · by blueplum · 7 replies
    TheDailyMail UK ^ | 15 Mar 2018 | Gareth Davies
    ... Now police say his daughter might have brought it from Russia in her suitcase - but it is just the latest of a series of bizarre theories Thirteen days after Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were attacked with a nerve agent in Salisbury, police appear to be no nearer any answers as to how the pair were poisoned. Theories banded around in the past fortnight include food poisoning, a bouquet of flowers laced with the deadly substance Novichok and the lethal toxin being smeared on the former agent's car door handle. Now, it is understood investigators have turned...
  • The West must respond firmly to Russia’s nerve agent attack

    03/16/2018 3:38:50 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 38 replies
    The Hill (Progressives Piled Higher) ^ | March 16, 2018 | Alexander Vershbow, Daniel Fried, Franklin D. Kramer
    The London nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter has been specifically ascribed to Russia by the United Kingdom prime minister, fully supported by the White House and American officials including at the United Nations. That attack itself – the first attack using weapons of mass destruction on NATO soil – calls for a significant response. But such a response is even more imperative when placed in the context of Russia’s ongoing hybrid warfare against the West and against vulnerable neighbors like Ukraine.In recent years, Russia and its surrogates have engaged in other instances of...
  • Unlike in Litvinenko Case, Putin Wanted Moscow’s Involvement in Skripal Attack to Come Out

    03/16/2018 1:47:04 PM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 9 replies
    Window on Eurasia ^ | March 14, 2018 | Ilya Milshteyn
    The murder of Litvinenko, the author of "The FSB Blows Up Russia" says, was like the bombings of the apartment houses in 1999: everything pointed in one direction, but it was circumstantial rather than definitive; and thus his death became as it were “part of the psychological war of Russia and the West and its own compatriots. But the special operation carried out against Skripal “has different goals.” It is not excluded, that Moscow wanted to test the personality of the British prime minister who had to be forced to pursue the Litvinenko case but now is prepared to be...
  • Spy poisoning: Putin most likely behind attack - Johnson

    03/16/2018 1:11:25 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 37 replies
    bbc.com ^ | March 16, 2018 | BBC
    Russian President Vladimir Putin is "overwhelmingly likely" to have ordered the nerve agent attack on an ex-spy and his daughter, Boris Johnson has said. The foreign secretary said "our quarrel is with Putin's Kremlin, and with his decision" over the Salisbury incident. Russia denies involvement and said the accusations against Mr Putin were "shocking and unforgivable". Meanwhile, the head of Nato told the BBC that Russia has underestimated the "resolve and unity" of the UK's allies. Speaking during a visit to a west London military museum with the Polish foreign minister, Mr Johnson said the UK's "quarrel is with Putin's...
  • Nikki Haley Blames Russia for Nerve Agent Attack on Ex-Spy

    03/14/2018 4:12:43 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 65 replies
    CSPAN ^ | March 14, 2018
    U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley tells a Security Council meeting that "the U.S. believes Russia is responsible for the attack on two people in the United Kingdom using a military grade nerve agent." She also urges Russia to account for its actions. Video at link above
  • Moscow to London: Let us examine nerve agent used in spy poisoning

    03/13/2018 1:42:37 PM PDT · by Mariner · 28 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | March 13th, 2018 | by Katya Golubkova and Polina Nikolskaya
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will only respond to a British demand it provide answers about the nerve agent that poisoned former double agent Sergei Skripal if London lets Moscow analyze the substance, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday. British Prime Minister Theresa May said it was "highly likely" that Moscow was responsible for the poisoning in England of Skripal and his daughter using a military-grade nerve agent that was part of the Novichok group of nerve agents developed by the Soviet military. Lavrov said the British government was obliged to provide Moscow access to the substance because Britain...
  • Russian spy: Highly likely Moscow behind attack, says Theresa May

    03/12/2018 5:49:54 PM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 41 replies
    http://www.bbc.com ^ | 03/12/2018 | Unknown
    The PM said it was "highly likely" Russia was responsible for the Salisbury attack. The Foreign Office summoned Russia's ambassador to provide an explanation. Mrs May said if there is no "credible response" by the end of Tuesday, the UK would conclude there has been an "unlawful use of force" by Moscow. The chemical used in the attack, the PM said, has been identified as one of a group of nerve agents known as Novichok. Mrs May said: "Either this was a direct action by the Russian state against our country, or the Russian government lost control of its potentially...
  • British police identify over 200 witnesses in nerve agent attack

    03/11/2018 5:56:50 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 17 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 3/10/2018
    British police have identified more than 200 witnesses and are looking at more than 240 pieces of evidence in their investigation into a nerve agent attack on a Russian ex-spy and his daughter, UK interior minister Amber Rudd said on Saturday. Ms Rudd told reporters after chairing a meeting of the government’s Cobra security committee that more than 250 counter-terrorism police were involved in the investigation, which was proceeding with “speed and professionalism”. Former double agent Sergei Skripal (66) and his daughter Yulia (33) have been in hospital in a critical condition since Sunday, when they were found unconscious on...
  • PM to announce sanctions on Russia as soon as Monday as Tory MPs bang the drum (tr)

    03/11/2018 12:21:46 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | March 10, 2018 | Tim Stickings
    Theresa May is to announce as soon as Monday what sanctions her government will impose on Russia after a former spy was poisoned in Salisbury, it is reported. Calls have been growing for Britain to freeze the assets of UK-based oligarchs named by the US as being close to President Vladimir Putin. Mrs May previously branded an attempt to kill a Russian double agent with a nerve agent an 'appalling and reckless crime', while Conservative MPs have called for tough measures against the Kremlin. The Prime Minister said she would do 'what is right' if it was proven the Russian...
  • Just How Deadly Is Assad's Arsenal? (Much Worse Than You Can Imagine)

    11/22/2012 4:54:28 PM PST · by lbryce · 64 replies
    Foeign Policy ^ | July 16, 2012 | John Reed
    The latest estimates say that the Assad regime has hundreds of tons of mustard gas, a blister agent, and large stockpiles of sarin and possibly VX, both of which are nerve agents -- all of which can be launched by Scud missiles, artillery, or aircraft, according to Charles Blair, a specialist in chemical and biological weapons at the Federation of American Scientists. "I've heard that Syria has 100 to 200 missiles with nerve agents loaded and ready to go, but that seems extreme," said Blair, noting that the nerve agents are usually stored separately from the weapons and that exact...
  • Syria, Iraq and the United States: A Gathering Storm

    06/09/2004 12:06:20 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 31 replies · 301+ views
    JINSA ^ | June 4, 2004 | Jonathan Howland
    U.S. military forces have discovered a smuggling ring moving copious quantities of explosives and weapons from Iraq to terrorist training camps constructed by the Saddam Hussein regime inside Syria prior to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). The Pentagon also announced that the structure bombed by U.S. warplanes last week, described by many major media outlets as a wedding celebration at a private ranching operation, was actually a "dormitory-like" facility used as a "safe house" to facilitate the clandestine movement of foreign terrorists into Iraq from Syria. According to Pentagon officials, small arms, explosives, and bomb making materials are being removed from...