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  • Russian premier Medvedev warns U.S. against crossing red line on sanctions

    08/10/2018 1:51:47 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 28 replies
    New York Post ^ | Aug 10, 2018 11:41 a.m. ET | Yaron Steinbuch
    Moscow issued a stern warning to the US on Friday against ramping up sanctions against Russia, saying the Kremlin will retaliate with economic, political and unspecified “other” measures. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s warning reflects Russian fears over the impact of new restrictions on its economy and assets, including the ruble, which has lost nearly 6 percent of its value this week on sanctions jitters, according to Reuters. In a sign of how seriously Russia is taking the threat, strongman Vladimir Putin discussed what the Kremlin called “possible new unfriendly steps by Washington” with members of his Security Council. They said...
  • Novichok could have been carried in lipstick tube, says scientist who worked on nerve agent

    07/09/2018 3:42:29 PM PDT · by BBell · 21 replies ^ | 7/9/18 | Alice Cuddy & Anastassia Gliadkovskaya
    A deadly nerve agent linked to the poisoning of four people in southern England could have been carried inside a lipstick tube-like container before being planted, a Russian scientist who developed the substance told Euronews. “The substance is very stable. It can be washed away by rain, it can evaporate under the sun. But it won’t decompose." Vladimir Uglev Scientist Vladimir Uglev, 72, took a leading role in developing A-234, a strain of the Novichok family of agents believed to have been used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury earlier this year. Like...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Police Say Couple Poisoned By "Novichok" Near Russian Couple Incident, Threat Trump

    07/04/2018 4:44:49 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 52 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 7/4/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    "A man and a woman found unconscious in Wiltshire were poisoned by Novichok-the same nerve agent that poisoned ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal, police say" BBC News story published at around 6pm Eastern-2300 British Summer Time 7/4/2018 Last Saturday in Amesbury, England Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess became ill and went unconscious. Soon workers in hazmat suits were in the area. At first police thought it might be a drug related incident. First media reports appeared this morning with the words "mysterious substance" attached to what caused the pair to go unconscious. But late tonight in the UK "Novichok" was identified...
  • Wiltshire pair 'poisoned by nerve agent' (UNITED KINGDOM)

    07/04/2018 3:20:29 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 18 replies
    BBC News ^ | 7/4/2018 | BBC
    A man and a woman found unconscious in Wiltshire were poisoned by Novichok, the same nerve agent as ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal, police say. The couple, believed to be Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess, are in a critical condition having been found unconscious at a house on Saturday. Police say no one else has presented the same symptoms. There was "nothing in their background" to suggest the pair were targeted, the Met Police said.... Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said it could not be confirmed whether the nerve agent came from the same batch that Mr. Skripal, and his...
  • Big Dots — Do They Connect? Steele and Skripal Revisited

    06/28/2018 4:43:16 PM PDT · by Oklahoma · 4 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | June 28, 2018, 12:05 am | Diana West
    Just came across an intriguing theory about Sergei Skripal, the former Soviet/Russian military intelligence agent who spied for Britain, and, along with his daughter Yulia, was nearly killed this spring by a dose of the nerve agent Novichok in the town of Salisbury, England, where they live. In a March 21 interview on the John Batchelor Show, Gregory R. Copley, editor and publisher of Defense & Foreign Affairs, posited that Sergei Skripal is the unnamed Russian intelligence source in the Steele dossier. Copley further explained (or tried to explain) to Batchelor (who kept cutting him off): “The people who wished...
  • Salisbury businesses reopen for first time since nerve agent attack (tr)

    05/26/2018 7:43:56 AM PDT · by BBell ^ | 5/26/18 | DIANNE APEN-SADLER
    Fresh turf marks spot where poisoned Russian spy and his daughter were found slumped on a bench as sealed off Salisbury businesses reopen for first time since nerve agent attack Thoroughfare near bench has been closed since nerve agent attack 11 weeks ago Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia were found unconscious on bench on March 4 Businesses are preparing to reopen today as Salisbury makes steps in recovery Shoppers were avoiding area over health and safety fears, harming businessesFresh turf marks the spot where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found slumped on a bench after...
  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 · 10 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 ^ | 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