UK Government outraged by newest poisoning as chorus of Russia criticism grows

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    Dominic Raab (R) informed Moscow to ‘tell the truth’ over the poisoning of a secret Putin critic (Picture: PA/Getty)

    Government ministers have actually lined up to prompt Moscow to ‘tell the truth’ about the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, with the Prime Minister branding it ‘outrageous’ that a chemical weapon had been used.

    The Foreign Secretary said it is ‘absolutely unacceptable’ that the Russian opposition leader was poisoned by the same nerve agent deployed in Salisbury.

    Dominic Raab said on Wednesday that Russia has ‘a clear case to answer’ after the German government said the Kremlin critic was targeted with Novichok in an attempted murder.

    His intervention came amid widespread international criticism of Russia, as Boris Johnson said Russia ‘must now explain what happened’ and pledged that the UK will work to ‘ensure justice is done’.

    Britain has long accused Russian operatives of using the Soviet-era poison to target Sergei Skripal, the former double agent targeted in the 2018 Salisbury attack.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Mr Navalny, who is undergoing treatment in Berlin, was the victim of an ‘attempted murder by poisoning’ and the aim was to silence Mr Navalny, a fierce opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Mr Raab said he was ‘deeply concerned’ that Mr Navalny had been poisoned by Novichok, which led to the death of 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess after she was exposed to the nerve agent in Salisbury.

    ‘It is absolutely unacceptable that this banned chemical weapon has been used again, and once more we see violence directed against a leading Russian opposition figure’, he said in a statement.

    Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny was poisoned with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok (Picture: AP)

    ‘The Russian federal government has a clear case to respond to. It should inform the fact about what occurred to Mr Navalny.

    ‘We will work closely with Germany, our allies and international partners to demonstrate that there are consequences for using banned chemical weapons anywhere in the world.’

    Ms Merkel had earlier stated that ‘there are very serious questions now that only the Russian government can answer, and must answer’ after brand-new tests discovered using Novichok.

    Meanwhile Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg included: ‘This is stunning, and I entirely condemn it. The usage of a military-grade nerve representative makes it much more immediate that the Russian authorities perform a complete and transparent examination.

    ‘Those accountable should be determined and held liable. We will be talking to Germany and all Allies on the ramifications of these findings.

    BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 22: German army emergency personnel load portable isolation unit (Epi Shuttle) into their ambulance that was used to transport Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny at Charite hospital on August 22, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. Navalny has arrived in Germany at Charite Hospital in Berlin for treatment for possible poisoning. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

    German army emergency situation workers pack a portable seclusion system into an ambulance utilized to transportation Mr Navalny late last month (Picture: Getty Images)

    ‘Nato regards any use of chemical weapons as a threat to international peace and security.’

    Mr Navalny, a political leader and corruption private investigator, fell ill on a flight back to Moscow from Siberia on August 20 prior to being moved to Berlin.

    The 44-year-old remains on a ventilator in extensive care.

    The UK’s restored pressure on Russia comes amidst increased stress in between the 2 countries. Mr Raab had actually currently implicated Moscow of attempting to interfere in the 2019 basic election.

    Britain charged 2 Russians implicated of being representatives of the GRU military intelligence service over the Salisbury attack, however Russia has actually declined to extradite the males.

    Police stated the Novichok was smuggled into England in a fake Nina Ricci fragrance bottle prior to being used to the front door of Mr Skripal’s house.

    He was hospitalised with his child Yulia, however they made a healing. However, months later on the bottle was discovered by regional guy Charlie Rowley who was taken ill along with Ms Sturgess.

    Labour’s Shadow Europe minister Catherine West branded the statement a ‘serious and alarming development’ and stated the Russian federal government had concerns to respond to. 

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