Russian official claims nerve agent Novichok is not included in weapons ban

Home Secretary Amber Rudd visits the Maltings area of Salisbury after the attempted murder of ex Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia

Russian official claims nerve agent Novichok is not included in weapons ban

The hilarious clip shows the Putin's mouthpiece Lavrov, who announced he will expel British diplomats from Russian Federation, sprawled on his hands and knees before picking himself up awkwardly.

The March 4 attack in the English city of Salisbury left ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in critical condition.

The prime minister has said that her government was considering a British version of the US "Magnitsky Act", which was adopted in 2012 to punish Russian officials accused of human rights violations.

May announced the expulsion of the diplomats on Wednesday after she received no response from Russian Federation.

The TV channel gave no further details about the matter.

"There is no place for these people - or their money - in our country", she said.

U.S. Army General Curtis Scaparrotti, head of U.S. forces in Europe, said the incident highlighted how far Russian Federation was willing to go to achieve its goals.

The British Embassy in Moscow told CNN it had been given a list of 23 specific individuals that were to be expelled from Russian Federation.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Friday it was "overwhelmingly likely" that Russian President Vladimir Putin was behind the poisoning of a Russian former spy, in the most direct British accusation against the Russian leader to date.

The U.S. Treasury Department announced the sanctions amid withering criticism accusing Trump and his administration of failing to use its congressionally mandated authority to punish Russian Federation.

Russian Federation has repeatedly asked Britain to supply a sample of the nerve agent. "In my years in parliament I have seen clear thinking in an worldwide crisis overwhelmed by emotion and hasty judgments too many times", he wrote.

Pharmacology experts said Novichok, a broad category of more than 100 nerve agents developed by the Soviet Union during the late stages of the Cold War, was "more risky and sophisticated" than sarin or VX.

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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.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, speaking to CNN, slammed that remark.

Mr Bristow, speaking to reporters after being summoned, said the United Kingdom would "always do what is necessary to defend ourselves, our allies and our values against an attack of this sort".

Helen Smith, Britain's Deputy High Commissioner to New Zealand, addressed the Kiwi media today.

Britain says the nerve agent could only have come from a government source. Corbyn said in the Guardian that it's possible that "Russian mafia-like groups", rather than the Russian state, were responsible. Ella Pamfilova was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying, "It is in our interest that everything works".

In an unusual joint move Wednesday, the US, France and Germany also pointed the finger at Russian Federation.

"The countermeasures announced by the Prime Minister are not exclusively about the attack in Salisbury".

The national security council will meet early next week to consider the "next steps".

Experts say Russian Federation is the only-known maker of Novichok. In Washington, Trump said: "It looks like the Russians were behind it".

Haley was more specific, pointing to past assassinations blamed on Russian Federation as well as alleged chemical weapons use by its ally in Syria. "And it is an affront to the rules-based system on which we and our global partners depend".

"It threatens the security of us all", they added, without spelling out any possible further reprisals.

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