May accuses Russia of attempted murder

The Prime Minister claims Russia attempted to murder Sergei Skirpal in the nerve agent attack in a statement this afternoon.

As a consequence to Russia showing ‘sarcasm and complete disdain’ to the deadline set by the Prime Minister last night 23 Russian diplomats will be expelled from the UK. This is a record high as these diplomats were described as undeclared intelligence Officers by Theresa May.

Severe sanctions will be put in place as well royal and official delegations boycotting the FIFA World Cup in Russia this Summer. The UK will also ‘dismantle any Russian espionage networks.’

The Prime Minister has spoken with President Donald Trump, President Emmanuel Macron, and Chancellor Angela Merkel in the last 24 hours who have all backed the UK in their aggressive stance.

Russia continue to deny any involvement in the nerve agent attack that sees Sergei Skirpal, 66 his daughter Yulia Skirpal, 33 and on duty Policeman Detective Sergeant, Nick Bailey remain in a critical condition after the attack in Salisbury on the 4th of March.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said: “We have already made our statement on this case”

He added: “Russia is ready to cooperate in accordance with the convention to ban chemical weapons if the United Kingdom will deign to fulfill its obligations according to the same convention.”

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, tweeted her support of the Prime Minister’s intent but also stated that any new legislation would require, “Careful Scrutiny (and) Russia cannot unlawfully kill/attempt to kill on our streets with impunity.”

 

Attention turns to whether the UK will suspend Russian broadcasters such as RT (Russia Today) from airing in the UK. EN4News spoke to Edinburgh City Council who have come under pressure to cuts ties with ‘Sputnik’ who are a subsidiary to RT after a deal to support ‘Sputnik’’’profile in Edinburgh.

They said, “City Council will hold a meeting tomorrow to discuss whether or not to continue supporting the organisation.”

However, Moscow has threatened to expel all British media outlets from Russia should the Kremlin funded news organisation lose its UK license.

Theresa May revealed that the military grade nerve agent, which is part of a group of chemicals known as Novichok, was developed by the Soviet Union in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

EN4News spoke to Pharmacologist, Professor Gary Stephens of the University of Reading who told us about the potency of this specific nerve agent. He said, “It’s 10 times more potent than Sarin or VX.”

The Professor continued to explain how the nerve agent effects the human body. He said, “ The reason its deadly is that it causes incorrect muscle movement which leads to paralysis of the main muscle involved with breathing, the diaphragm. You also get the slowing of the heart and restriction of the airways.” Professor Stephens said the long term effect of the nerve agent remains speculative.

The UK have been granted a briefing with the UN tonight to discuss the next steps. As all 29 NATO members have confronted Russia to answer the UK’s questions. President of the European Council, Donald Tusk has revealed in a statement that he will put the issue on the European Union’s agenda next week.

More to follow on this story at EN4NEWS.COM

A diagram of how nerve agents effect the human body Image Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Military personnel investigating the site of the nerve agent attack in Salisbury      Image Credit: Chris J Ratcliffe (Getty)

 

Sergei Skirpal and Yulia Skirpal remain in a critical condition after the attack on the 4th of March Image Credit: EPA  (Facebook)

 


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