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Wednesday, 14 March 2018

UN Chief: Use of nerve agent in Britain on Russian spy ‘unacceptable’

UN Chief
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday the use of a nerve agent in an attack in Britain on a former Russian spy was "unacceptable."


"The use of nerve agents as a weapon under any circumstances is unacceptable and its use by a state would constitute a serious violation of international law," UN spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters.

The comments came before an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council called at Britain's request to discuss the attack that left ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in critical condition.

US Ambassador Haley: Russia responsible for chemical attack 
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Wednesday the United States believes Russia is responsible for a chemical attack in Britain on a former Russia double agent and his daughter, and the UN Security Council should take action.

“The United States believes that Russia is responsible for the attack on two people in the United Kingdom using a military-grade nerve agent,” Haley told a Security Council meeting.

UK suspends high-level diplomatic contact
Britain will suspend high-level bilateral contact with Russia and revoke an invitation to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to visit, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday in response to the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in Britain.

May said Britain would “suspend all high-level bilateral contact”, saying that Russia was “culpable” for the poisoning.

Diplomats expelled
Britain will also expel 23 Russian diplomats over the nerve agent attack on a former double agent in England, Prime Minister Theresa May told lawmakers on Wednesday.

The diplomats “have been identified as undeclared intelligence officers,” May said, giving them one week to leave the UK in the “single biggest expulsion for over 30 years”.

Meanwhile, Reuters has quoted Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman as saying that it is not up to British PM to pass judgement on Russian foreign minister.
 [alarabiya.net/AFP]
 14/3/18

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