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UK to investigate alleged poisoning of its citizens in Salisbury by Russian

By Zigwai Tagwai

The United Kingdom Monday said it is taking steps to investigate the poisoning of citizen Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, United Kingdom which was described as reckless and despicable act allegedly committed by the Russian government.

In a press statement issued by the British High Commission, Abuja, and made available to DAILY ASSET by Joe Abuku, it said, due process would be followed at ensuring that justice was done.

“As a nation the UK believes in justice and the rule of law and it is therefore essential to proceed in the right way – led not by speculation but by the evidence”

“On Sunday 4 March, Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in Salisbury, United Kindgom and remain in a critical condition.” “Yesterday, UK Prime Minister Theresa May chaired a meeting of the National Security Council to review the information so far available. The Council was updated on the Joint Intelligence Committee’s assessment and intelligence picture, as well as the state of the investigation.

The UK has concluded that Mr Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with the military-grade ‘Novichok’ nerve agent, a weapon type developed by Russia.” “This is based on the positive identification of the ‘Novichok’ nerve agent by experts at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down, together with the UK’s assessment of Russia’s record of state assassinations, and its view of defectors as a legitimate target.” “The Foreign Secretary summoned the Russian Ambassador in London, and made clear that either the Russian state has attempted murder on British soil using a chemical weapon, or Russia has lost control of its stockpile of nerve agents.

The foreign secretary has demanded explanation from the Russian Ambassador on which of these two possibilities it is- and therefore to account for how this Russian produced nerve agent could have been deployed on UK soil.” “Tomorrow, the UK will consider in detail the response from the Russian State. If however, there be no credible response then we will conclude that this action amounts to an unlawful use of force by Russia against the United Kindgom.”

“But this is not just about the UK.  It speaks more about Russia’s track record for undermining international law.  Russia is systematically dismantling the rules based international order; a trend which if not halted poses a dire threat to both of our countries and the wider law-abiding international community.  In Syria, appalling destruction has been visited on the civilian population by the Russian sponsored Asad regime, and the Russian military itself” “Russia has also changed borders by force in Europe for the first time since WW2 with their illegal annexation of Crimea.

Russia’s actions in Salisbury represent the first use of nerve agent in Europe since 1945.” ‘There’s no telling where their unprovoked acts of aggression would be visited next” “We must respond collectively to reassure our citizens that hostile acts by Russia against our countries, our interests and our values will not be tolerated. Collective action is the one thing which Putin will not expect, and will fear.”

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