Prime Minister blames Russia for Salisbury "spy attack"

Prime Minister blames Russia for Salisbury "spy attack"

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 5:18pm 12th March 2018. (Updated at 5:47am 13th March 2018)

Theresa May spoke in Parliament on Monday (12th March) and condemned Russia for the attack on Sergei Skripal.

Theresa May says Government has concluded Russia is responsible for Salisbury 'nerve agent' attack.

The Prime Minister, speaking in the Commons, discussed the ongoing investigation revolving around attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal.

The Prime Minster has given Russia until Wednesday to respond to the chemical weapon attack on UK soil.

1:15am

  • What response will Russia give Theresa May?
  • Will UK be 'robust' over Sergei Skripal poisoning?
  • Investigation into 'nerve agent' attack taken 'very seriously'

The White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has also condemned 'chemical weapon' attack in Salisbury.

Here, the Prime Minster May claims the substance used was a "military grade" nerve agent produced by Russia.

Salisbury MP John Glen has said:

"We now await the response from the Russian ambassador to the Prime Minister’s statement, and the British government will consider its position on Wednesday. I can assure the people of Salisbury that we will make it crystal clear there will be consequences for those who attempt to murder innocent people on British soil."

Parts of Salisbury remain under Police cordon for the ninth day in a row.

1:03am

  • U.S. Secretary of State also points finger at Russia
  • 3rd Cobra committee meeting called over 'Skripal poisoning'
  • Moscow says Theresa May's claim is "fairy tales"

The Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, is to chair a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee on Tuesday morning to discuss the latest developments in the investigation.

It's after PM Theresa May said it's "highly likely" that Moscow was behind the nerve agent attack on ex-Russian spy & daughter in Salisbury.

The U.S. Secretary of State thinks the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Salisbury "clearly" came from Moscow.

Rex Tillerson also says it will "certainly will trigger a response".

7:51pm

  • Statement from Salisbury MP on 'nerve agent' attack
  • Tough action 'forthcoming against the perpetrators'

John Glen has said: "It is intolerable for banned nerve agents to be used on British soil "

6:18pm

How is novichok dispersed? 

  • The agents are dispersed as an ultra-fine powder instead of a gas or vapour.
  • They can be inhaled, ingested, or absorbed through the skin.
  • Significantly, several of the novichok chemicals are so-called binary weapons - with two non-toxic precursor chemicals that can be mixed prior to use.
  • This makes them safer to transport and handle.
6:16pm

  • The poison used to target a former spy and his daughter was from the Russian-made nerve agent group novichok, the PM has said.

  • One chemical from the group, codenamed A-230, is between five and eight times more potent than VX, the nerve agent that was used to kill the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

  • There are more than 100 formulations in the novichok family, all developed by the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s.

  • Novichok is the Russian word for "newcomer".

  • As with other nerve agents, the chemicals block acetylcholinesterase, an enzyme active in the nervous system.

  • The result is involuntary contraction of all muscles, leading to cardiac arrest and asphyxiation.
5:58pm

5:58pm

Listen to the response to Theresa May's statement from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

 

 

5:41pm

  • Sergei & Yulia Skripal poisoned by 'military-grade chemical' developed by Moscow, says UK Government
  • Earlier the Kremlin denied involvement

Listen to the full response Prime Minster Theresa May gave in the Commons this afternoon (click play)..

5:33pm

Theresa May said:

"Either this was a direct act by the Russian state against our country or the Russian government lost control of its potentially catastrophically damaging nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others."

5:29pm

  • PM issues 'damning' accusation on Moscow
  • Attack on ex-Russian spy and his daughter 'condemned'
  • Sergei & Yulia Skripal remain critically ill in hospital
  • Large areas of Salisbury remain under tight police cordon
UK Salisbury map of places affected by Russian spy attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal
Cordons widened in Salisbury. Here's a map places affected by the ex-Russian spy attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal

 

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