Johnson: 'Overwhelmingly likely' Putin ordered nerve agent attack

Aaron Brown
March 18, 2018

"Sooner or later the British side will have to present some kind of tangible evidence. There is to be no Russophobia as a result of what is happening", Johnson stated during a visit to the Battle of Britain Bunker museum in Uxbridge with his Polish counterpart, Jacek Czaputowicz as as aired by the Sky News television channel.

Britain this week ordered the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats and cancelled high-level bilateral contact with the Kremlin.

The Kremlin, Moscow, Jan. 6, 2017. May seeks a global coalition of countries to punish Moscow. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg followed that up Friday by saying that the incident reflected a Russian "pattern of reckless behavior" that includes cyberattacks and election meddling.

Retaliation would be "well thought out" and could come at any time, Peskov told journalists when asked if Moscow would respond to the measures before a presidential election on Sunday. Navalny himself is barred from the election, which President Vladimir Putin is expected to win overwhelmingly. He has already been in power 18 years and could stay until 2024.

Sergei Skripal moved to Salisbury after being jailed for passing Russian state secrets to British intelligence while working for the Russian government in the 1990s. His daughter, who lives in Moscow, was visiting him when the pair fell ill.

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Glushkov refused to believe his friend had killed himself, telling the Guardian at the time: "I don't believe it was suicide". Glushkov had a long history of blood disease and his health was further undermined by the three years he spent in.

The UK government says they were poisoned with a nerve agent of a type developed by Russian Federation called Novichok, and Prime Minister Theresa May said she believed Moscow was "culpable". None have shown any symptoms.

Skripal and his daughter Yulia are in critical condition after being exposed to a Soviet-designed nerve agent on March 4 in the English city of Salisbury.

Russia's investigative committee said it had opened a criminal case investigation into the "attempted murder" of Skripal and "the murder" of Nikolai Glushkov, a Russian exile who was found dead in his home in London on Monday.

May has said the United Kingdom will expel 23 Russian diplomats as part of a "full and robust" response - prompting Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to say it will "certainly" expel British diplomats in response.

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