The substance used on Sergei Skripal was an agent called BZ, according to Swiss state Spiez lab. The toxin was never produced in Russia, but was in service in the US, UK, and other NATO states.
The United Nations Security Council turned down a compromise resolution on Syria, proposed by Sweden and seconded by Russia seeking investigation on the alleged chemical attack in Douma. Five countries supported the resolution with two permanent members – United States and Britain – opposing it.
The OPCW has released its findings into the Skripal poisoning, the watchdog confirming the British conclusions over the substance used, while not elaborating on the origin of the substance only detailing its chemical make-up.
Saoudi Arabian FM confirms support for strikes against Syria, making it the first Middle Eastern state to join the US-led trans-national attack. UK and France have pledged forces to strike over alledged chemical weapons usage. Attack expected in next 24 hours.
Theresa May has been warned by MPs not to ignore Parliament when joining with Donald Trump in his expected military action in Syria, following an alleged chemical attack that reportedly killed dozens.
One of the deadliest nerve agents known to man was smothered all around Salisbury – and nobody died.
One afternoon in Salisbury has rocked relations between the UK and Russia. Ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were exposed to a nerve agent and London blamed Moscow.
Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage has hit out at London Mayor Sadiq Khan saying London’s shocking spate of murders is his ‘mess’. It comes as Khan faces severe criticism over his response.
Just as news emerges of another six teenagers being stabbed in London
UK lab says it cannot determine whether nerve agent used to poison former spy Sergei Skripal was Russian-made
Gary Aitkenhead, chief executive of the Porton Down defence laboratory, told Britain’s Sky News that analysts had identified the substance as military-grade Novichok, the word used for a category of nerve agents developed in Soviet times.
But he added: “We have not identified the precise source”.
After hysterical ‘scalp hunt’ of #MeToo, UK police to stop unconditionally ‘believing’ sex crime allegations
The head of Britain’s largest police force said investigators must stay “impartial” and added that, despite #MeToo, “clumsy behavior between somebody who fancies somebody else is not a matter for the police.”
The attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter is an act of terrorism against Russian citizens, the Russian Foreign Ministry says, noting that the UK does not share any evidence with Moscow while demanding explanations.