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Q: Putin and May are going hot ...

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-13/russia-threatens-uk-one-does-n...

 

Russia Threatens UK: "One Does Not Give 24Hrs Notice To A Nuclear Power"

Posted ras-Putin's pic on the web link is 'pure-rage' ....

 

On the heels of UK PM May's red hot rhetoric and ultimatum yesterday and Germany's pressure this morning, Russia has cranked up their response to '11' on the Spinal Tap amplifier of global armageddon. 

Having made clear this morning that:

“We have certainly heard the ultimatum voiced in London,” Russia's top diplomat Sergey Lavrov said.

“The spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry has commented on our attitude to this,” he added referring to Maria Zakharova branding of May’s appearance in Parliament as a “circus.”

 

Russia faces warning from Germany too, as Reuters reports Merkel and May spoke this morning about the nerve agent attack. Merkel condemned the attack and stated that she was "taking very seriously the British government's view that Russia might be responsible." Merkel then said Russia "needs to give prompt answers to the British' justified questions."

But then, Interfax reports Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova turne dup the heat dramatically, warning (or threatening):

"One does not give 24 hours notice to a nuclear power."

Adding that the "Skripal poisoning was not an incident but a colossal international provocation."

Slamming the British for "not using a single international legal mechanism to probe the Skripal case."

The Press Association reports that Russia has warned Britain to "consider the consequences" of mounting a retaliatory cyber strike after the Salisbury spy poisoning.

In a fresh sign of the escalating diplomatic tension sparked by the case, the Russian Embassy cautioned against "such a reckless move".

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The Government has not publicly disclosed the options under consideration but reports on Tuesday suggested one possibility was a cyber counter-attack.

Responding to the speculation, the Russian Embassy in the UK said: "Statements by a number of MPs, 'Whitehall sources' and 'experts' regarding a possible 'deployment' of 'offensive cyber-capabilities' cause serious concern.

"Not only is Russia groundlessly and provocatively accused of the Salisbury incident, but apparently, plans are being developed in the UK to strike Russia with cyber weapons.

"Judging by the statements of the Prime Minister, such a decision can be taken at tomorrow's meeting of the National Security Council.

"We invite the British side to once again consider the consequences of such a reckless move."

Additionally, Zakharova stated that British Prime Minister Theresa May apparently has no actual facts concerning the poisoning of former Russian military intelligence Colonel Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

"No one knows anything, including Theresa May, who has no actual fact in her hands," Zakharova told the 60 Minutes program on the Rossiya-1 television channel.

Finally, following reports that Britain’s media regulator Ofcom said Russian broadcaster RT could lose its UK licence if Theresa May’s government determines that Moscow was behind the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in England this month, Russia's foreign ministry threatened retaliation:

"...not a single British media outlet with work in Russia if London shuts RT."

This escalation is far from over.

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Australia is kicking out 2 Russian spys in support of the Poms

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We're just shaking our heads

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Never realized you were Russian

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LOL at Phil ... 

 

I was looking quickly at the numbers of expelled Russians and some countries had only 1 or 2 expelled Ruskies (and Austria none, he he) and Ukraine had no. 16 or so.

 

I'd say, some countries must kow-towing, but many really don't like it ...

 

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Poland Detains Official On Russian Spying Allegations

 

Polish secret services have detained a government official

Poland’s plans on how to put the brakes on the Nord Stream 2 gas project

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I'm a little surprised since this has happened before, perhaps the last time it was a labor leader or some moderate metro-sexual in charge. If you did nothing before, history repeats itself. What happened to British intelligence assessing the threat and having preventive measures, but if you write a book the least bit against Islam, you are not allowed in Britain and labeled a racists. The Queen's English elite call some one a racists based on religion and not race with out looking up the word in their deity book (Cambridge dictionary). What in the hell has happened to Britain?

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Whatever I gathered about poisoning investigation is: apparently, 'nerve agent was used' and it 'must be state sponsored attack, because of the high grade of chemical used'.

 

Under 'state' any country around the world qualify, so it could also be a 'false flag attack' ... (em-aj-6, ce-ai-ee, shin-bet) and blame it on Russia. That's just a possibility!

USA get off Russia on election meddling few days ago and here we go new accusation on Ruski is on ...

Russian on other side didn't even deny it, but they act in International law boundaries and invited UK to complete an investigation (with UN bodies), first.

UK replied with threat: 'gave Vlad 24h to reply to accusation and if Ruski won't reply, 'cyber attack on Russia' is on vote today in UK Parliament.

Western pressure on Ruski is all about NordStream 2 ...

Did you see Vlad's posted pic? man, he looks fed-up&upset ...

Why would Ruski poisoned Skripal, who was doubled agent released from Russian jail in 'spy-swap' in 2010? More likely ''false-flag' and blame it on Ruski'' ....

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I am giving you 24 hours to prove you are not."

 

Theresa May

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Civilized countries need to isolate countries like Russia and China, spend trade and visas

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U-SS-A should be isolated ... China&Ruski is new trend ...

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I'm for USA isolating itself

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"The myth of American greatness is overblown Hollywood.

To believe this is like believing in Santa Claus at age 30." 

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I just think Americans are fed up the scary boogie man theory of "Russia", this shit has been going on for 50 years and nobody believes it any more. Russia has a GDP lower than Spain and South Korea and they are trying to rule the world. BULLSHIT.

If the theory that Putin actually has over 200 billion dollars and is secretly the richest man in the world is another bullshit story. I hope it's true, can you imagine the fight for his estate when he dies.

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If you pay attention to Russia's behavior, it's more out of fear. Ukraine and Syria

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I don't see any fear from Ruski side anywhere. In Syria, they stopped 'spreading democracy BS' and for Uki it would be much better, if they would befriend Vlad over the US.  I mean, I don't know where and how did you spot any Ruski fear.

Think about chess more than anything else ....

 

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-14/britain-expel-russian-diplomats-after-midnight-deadline-expires-without-moscow

 

The UK was braced for a showdown with Russia on Wednesday after a midnight deadline set by Prime Minister Theresa May expired without an explanation from Moscow about how a Soviet-era nerve toxin was used to strike down a former Russian double agent.

Russia, which denied any involvement in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter with Novichok, a nerve agent developed by the Soviet military, said it was not responding to May’s ultimatum until it received samples of the nerve agent, in effect challenging Britain to show what sanctions it would impose against Russian interests.

“Moscow had nothing to do with what happened in Britain. It will not accept any totally unfounded accusations directed against it and will also not accept the language of ultimatums,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday according to Reuters. He added, however, that Russia remained open to cooperating with Britain in investigating the poisoning, blaming the British authorities for refusing to share information.

Russians are responding very clean toward the latest poisoning, but UK just sent out 'accusations and threats without any proof ...'.

I don't know what to think ...

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And so we now wait for that flashing, red headline saying that US ships in the Mediterranean have launched a missile attack on Syria, just like a year ago. Only this time Russia - which is allied with the Assad regime - is not planning to be on the defensive, and according to Russia’s Defense Ministry, "US instructors" are currently training militants to stage false flag chemical attacks in south Syria, i.e., the catalyst that will be used to justify the US attack on Assad. The incidents, the ministry said, will be used a pretext for airstrikes on Syrian government troops and infrastructure.

 

 

 

Confirming the WaPo's report from early March, it now appears that an attack is imminent.

“We’re registering the signs of the preparations for the possible strikes. Strike groups of the cruise missile carriers have been formed in the east of the Mediterranean Sea, Persian Gulf and Red Sea.”

Rudskoy also warned that another false flag chemical attack is being prepared in the province of Idlib by the “Al-Nusra Front terrorist group, in coordination with the White Helmets.” The militants have already received 20 containers of chlorine to stage the incident, he said.

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The fight in Syria is the Russians and Assad working together to control oil and natural gas supplies to Europe and keep the prices high. America is basically trying to save Europe from financial blackmail which I think is none of our business. The American stronghold on the oil fields there and not leaving just proves the theory.

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Poetic Irony

 

Stephen Hawking dies today at the age of 76 on Einstein's birthday.

 

Rest In Peace

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https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-14/britain-expel-russian-diplomat...

 

UK Expels 23 Russian Diplomats, Freezes Russian Assets, Suspends High-Level Contacts

Some more soundbites out of Russia, via Reuters:

  • RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SAYS BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAS OPTED FOR FURTHER ESCALATION BY EXPELLING RUSSIAN DIPLOMATS    
  • RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SAYS BRITISH PM STATEMENT IS A FLAGRANT PROVOCATION    
  • RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SAYS BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAS CHOSEN CONFRONTATION WITH RUSSIA 

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Update 2:

The head of the Upper House of Parliament in Russia has called the expulsion of diplomats a "provocation". He has promised Russia will react in a "fast, tough and reciprocal way".

Separately, Angela Merkel said that the EU is united on Russia but must keep talking to Russia. The German chancellor said: "We take the findings of the British government very seriously ... We will present a common European view here.

"Nonetheless, I say we can't break off all contacts now. We must still talk with the Russians despite all differences of opinion."

Update:

As previewed earlier, Theresa May announced that Britain will expel 23 Russian diplomats who are "undeclared intelligence officers", i.e., spies. The retaliation comes as part of a range of measures in response to the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal.

Speaking to parliament, Theresa May said the Russian state was culpable in the nerve agent attack in Salisbury on former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia and is the reason for the expulsion of 23 diplomats: "All who been identified as undeclared intelligence officers. They have just one week to leave," she said.

 

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"This will be the single biggest expulsion for over 30 years and it will reflect the fact that this is not the first time the Russian state has acted against our country" she added.

She says Russia's response "has shown complete disdain" and the country has offered no explanation for the Russian-made novichok nerve agent used in the attack. The PM says the matter has been treated with "sarcasm, contempt and defiance".

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 Authored by James Howard Kunstler via Kunstler.com,

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-16/drums-along-potomac

 

I can just hear Vlad Putin blowing a raspberry out of the Kremlin: “Nyah, nyah, nyah… I know you are, but what am I…?” We’re also informed today by that august journal that U.S. Accuses Russia in Cyberattacks on Power Plants. (Oh, wait a second, they changed the headline at 8:02 to Russia Wormed Its Way Into Access at Power Plants, U.S. Says.)

 

Hmmmm… well, the amateur detective in me suspects that A) this is exactly the kind of bullshit that US intel excels at making up; plus B) the public was actually told last year that our intel has the ability to place any kind of cyber-footprint and time-stamp it wants on digital information, so that C) this assertion can be neither proved nor disproved.

The amateur international relations analyst in me sees in these shenanigans a desperate search for a casus belli, an excuse to go to war. But that only brings me back to amateur psychology: the US apparently wants to commit suicide. Wouldn’t war be a great idea a week after Russia announced it had new hypersonic missiles that the US can’t defend itself against?  Hmmmm. Maybe the Russians made that shit up. And maybe they didn’t. Perhaps we’d like to test that, say, by bombing a bunch of Russian military personnel in Syria, just to see what happens.

There is also the matter of the poisoning in Salisbury, UK, of the Russian Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with a suspected nerve toxin, Novichok, first developed by the old Soviet military. The two remain in critical condition. A nasty bit of business. Skripal was a Russian-to-British double agent who was exchanged some years back in one of the infrequent swaps of captured intel “assets” by the so-called great powers. British Prime Minister Theresa May had a whack attack over the Skripal hit, reeling out new sanctions and booting a boat-load of Russian diplomats off-island.

Forgive me for seeming callous, but it’s a little hard, in the first place, to give a fuck one way or the other about the poor Skripals. Being a double agent carries some serious occupational hazards. This is generally understood among observers older than age six. Mr. Skripal came to an unhappy fate, and his daughter is apparently what we like to call collateral damage — of the sort, say, when one of our drones in a foreign land blows up a wedding party by some targeting error. Whoops! Our bad. One lesson here is that people with ambitions in the intel sector should consider sticking with one side or the other.

Interestingly, and secondarily, the accusation itself is unaccompanied by evidence. The Brits will not release samples of this Novichok for analysis. But are we also to believe that the Brits (or one of their close allies, say) could not concoct a bit of this poison themselves in a lab? After all, when you’re in the world of double-agentry, you’re in a hall of mirrors, and who, really, is to be trusted? Least of all in a matter such as this, would you start banging war drums.

But that, alas, is where things rest for the moment. War drums beating and war cries wafting across America’s spacious skies. The hysteria is palpable and we are making ourselves ridiculous — if not getting ready to blow up the world. Oh, I might also add that it is impossible to believe that there is not some room in the giant NSA facilities full of computer jocks trying sedulously to worm their way into every computer system in every foreign land the world over. The question you’d have to ask is: why would we not be doing that?

The amateur theologian in me thinks: when the Shining City is at hand, will someone please hitch Rachel Maddow to the back bumper of a Toyota Landcruiser and drag her over six miles of broken lightbulbs? Of course, I can’t say that because it would by misogynistic.

 

 

icnif77:

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-16/russian-nuclear-sub-quietly-traveled-us-coastline-undetected

 

Russian Nuclear Sub "Quietly" Traveled To US Coastline Undetected

 

"This mission has been accomplished, the submarines showed up in the set location in the ocean and returned to base..."

As Russia weighs retaliating against the UK over its decision to expel a cadre of Russian diplomats after determining that senior Russian leaders (perhaps Putin himself) were responsible for a nerve-gas attack on a former Russian spy, RT revealed that a nuclear-powered submarine recently completed a clandestine exercise that brought it all the way to the US coast.

The date and location of the covert mission have not been disclosed, but Russia said the submarine "reached the very coastline of the US."

The disclosure follows Russian President Vladimir Putin's revelation during his annual speech to Russian lawmakers that Russia had developed a coterie of new advanced weapons - including a nuclear-tipped missile capable of evading NATO anti-ballistic missile defenses in the Europe.

The sub was a Shchuka-B dirigible, commissioned for the Soviet Navy in 1986. The nuclear-powered sub is capable of launching Kalibr or Granat cruise missiles and staying submerged for up to 100 days, according to open sources.

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Look-i, look-i:

 

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-16/russian-spy-poisoning-story-indeed-another-iraqi-wmd-scam

As recently as 2016 Dr Robin Black, Head of the Detection Laboratory at the UK’s only chemical weapons facility at Porton Down, a former colleague of Dr David Kelly, published in an extremely prestigious scientific journal that the evidence for the existence of Novichoks was scant and their composition unknown.

In recent years, there has been much speculation that a fourth generation of nerve agents, ‘Novichoks’ (newcomer), was developed in Russia, beginning in the 1970s as part of the ‘Foliant’ programme, with the aim of finding agents that would compromise defensive countermeasures. Information on these compounds has been sparse in the public domain, mostly originating from a dissident Russian military chemist, Vil Mirzayanov. No independent confirmation of the structures or the properties of such compounds has been published. (Black, 2016)

Yet now, the British Government is claiming to be able instantly to identify a substance which its only biological weapons research centre has never seen before and was unsure of its existence. Worse, it claims to be able not only to identify it, but to pinpoint its origin. Given Dr Black’s publication, it is plain that claim cannot be true.

 

British Scientists Confirm So-Called “Russian” Poison May NOT Be Russian

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 вы все меня ждали?

 

Here we go:

 

'The worst Putin's puppet ...'  

Zerohedge is bad ...

 

Russia Vows Imminent Response: "The US Only Understands Force"

Worst. Putin Puppet. Ever...

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icnif77:

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-29/russia-expel-60-us-diplomats-close-us-consulate-st-petersburg

 

This is why it's called tit-for-tat.

The Kremlin had vowed to retaliate against the "provocative gesture", denying it had any role in the attack; and now it has.

Just days after Trump announced he - together with much of the Western world - would expel 60 Russian diplomats from the US, and close the Russian consulate in Seattle, moments ago the Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman has been summoned to the Foreign Ministry.

Huntsman was given notice that Russia is responding quid pro quo to the U.S. decision to order 60 Russian diplomats out.

Lavrov said Moscow will also retaliate to the U.S. decision to shut the Russian consulate in Seattle by closing the U.S. consulate in St. Petersburg.

Earlier this week, Haaretz reports that the Russian Embassy in the United States tweeted a poll quickly after the U.S. announcement asking which U.S. consulate they should close in retaliation. Forty-seven percent of the responders said the U.S. consulate in St. Petersburg should be closed.

And Lavrov said the same approach will be applied to other nations that expelled Russian diplomats this week.

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However, several European Union members have yet to follow London’s lead. One important NATO country isn’t bowing to western Russophobia: Turkey.

Despite calls from the UK for all of their allies to stand with them in “punishing Russia” they have failed to convince many of their fellow EU members, Israel, and Turkey to follow their suggestions. While there isn’t much London can do to their fellow European states, and obviously, they can’t criticize Israel; tension between Turkey and the EU has reached a point where it’s fashionable to demonize Ankara.

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Australia is kicking out 2 Russian spys in support of the Poms

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LOL at Phil ... 

 

I was looking quickly at the numbers of expelled Russians and some countries had only 1 or 2 expelled Ruskies (and Austria none, he he) and Ukraine had no. 16 or so.

 

I'd say, some countries must kow-towing, but many really don't like it ...

 

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Poland Detains Official On Russian Spying Allegations

 

Polish secret services have detained a government official

Poland’s plans on how to put the brakes on the Nord Stream 2 gas project

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Rather than exercising caution after the nerve gas attack in the United Kingdom and a tidal wave of Russian diplomatic expulsions from Washington, Eurozone, and other countries, Moscow is upping the ante which has surprised the Eurozone and the West on Thursday. Besides the tit-for-tat expulsions of Russian and American diplomats, President Vladimir Putin has chosen to flex his war muscles next week with an unusual missile exercise in international waters, but close enough to Sweden and Latvia that it will shut down commercial airspace.

 

According to Sweden's Aftonbladet, the Swedish Civil Aviation Administration received a Russian telegram on Tuesday alerting officials that “rocket test firings in the southern part of the Baltic Sea” will take place in proximity to Karlskrona, Sweden. The test area is known as “Russia 1”, from April 4 at 6:00 to 6 April at 18:00.

 

 

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Russia's Ambassador to the UK, Alexander Yakovenko, says that London's reluctance to share information on the March 4 poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal has led Moscow to suggest that London authorities actually perpetrated the crime.

“We have very serious suspicion that this provocation was done by British intelligence,” Yakovenko told Russia's NTV channel - adding however that Moscow had no direct proof, but that the UK's behavior constitutes strong circumstantial evidence in support of their theory.

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Is West Stupid? Anybody knows?

Triple post ... however, this Q should be asked several times!

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Is West stupid? Anybody knows ...?

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https://www.rt.com/news/423215-security-council-meeting-skripal-russia/

 

Russia calls for UN Security Council meeting over Skripal affair

 

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In a major embarrassment to the UK establishment, the chief scientist from the UK's Porton Down military laboratory facility, Gary Aitkenhead, told Sky News that they had been unable to prove that the novichok nerve agent used to poison Sergei and Yulia Skripal came from Russia.

"We were able to identify it as novichok, to identify that it was military-grade nerve agent," Aitkenhead said. "We have not identified the precise source, but we have provided the scientific info to government who have then used a number of other sources to piece together the conclusions you have come to."

The chief scientist said that establishing the Novichok's origin required "other inputs," some of which are intelligence based and which only the government has access to.

Aitkenhead added: "It is our job to provide the scientific evidence of what this particular nerve agent is, we identified that it is from this particular family and that it is a military grade, but it is not our job to say where it was manufactured."

Oh good, at least Europe did not expel most Russian diplomats based on a Colin Powellesque assumption that since Russia is the only possible source of Novichok, so it must be. Oh wait...

Of course, this humiliation to the official narrative that Putin was clearly behind the assassination attempt all along also begs the question: whose job is it to say where the Novichok came from?

That said, it was also noted that the nerve agent involved required "extremely sophisticated methods to create, something only in the capabilities of a state actor," and that there is no known antidote to Novichok - nor was any administered to either of the Skripals.

Aitkenhead would not say whether the Porton Down facility had manufactured or maintained stocks of Novichok - long rumored to be the case.

"There is no way anything like that could have come from us or left the four walls of our facility," said the chief.

News of the UK's inability to trace the origin of the Novichok comes as a chemical weapons watchdog, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is set to hold an executive council meeting in The Hague on Russia's request.

In a letter, Russia's ambassador to the OPCW, Alexander Shulgin, asked for the meeting to discuss Britain's allegations "in a confidential sitting".

OPCW experts have taken samples from Salisbury to try to verify the nerve agent used and its origin. -Sky News

Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned four weeks ago in Salisbury. Russia has insisted on access to the pair.

Russia's Ambassador to the UK, Alexander Yakovenko, says that London's reluctance to share information on the March 4 poisoning of the former double agent and his daughter has led Moscow to suggest that London authorities actually perpetrated the crime.

Speaking at the 87th session of the OPCW Friday, Shulgin suggested the “unfounded” accusations from the West should be redirected at themselves. “[It] may very well be that the substance used [in Skripal’s poisoning] may have come from the stocks” of the U.S. and U.K. -Newsweek

Our British colleagues should recall that Russia and the United Kingdom are members of the OPCW which is one of the most successful and effective disarmament and non-proliferation mechanisms," said Russian politician Vasily Shulgin. "We call upon them to abandon the language of ultimatums and threats and return to the legal framework of the chemical convention, which makes it possible to resolve this kind of situation."

“We have very serious suspicion that this provocation was done by British intelligence,” Yakovenko told Russia's NTV channel - adding however that Moscow had no direct proof, but that the UK's behavior constitutes strong circumstantial evidence in support of their theory.

Following the Skripal poisoning, the UK and several of its allies responded by expelling Russian diplomats - with the Trump administration kicking 60 Russians out of the country, and the UK expelling 23. Russia returned "fire" with the expulsion of several foreign diplomats, and a demand that Britain scale back its diplomatic mission in Russia - affecting over 50 jobs.

Yulia's condition is said to have improved significantly last week, and she is now conscious and talking. Meanwhile, Sergei Skripal reportedly remains unresponsive in critical condition.

icnif77:

I just realized, there's no China connection on the whole thread ... sorry, you asked for it:

 

And A is ...: "YES, West Is Beyond Stupid!"

 

https://www.rt.com/news/423042-russia-china-military-ties/

Published time: 3 Apr, 2018 11:10

 

 

We came ‘to let USA know’ about close military ties with Russia – Chinese defense minister in Moscow

 

Beijing has sent a delegation to Russia to show Washington the unity of Russian and Chinese military forces and “support” Russia at the 7th Moscow Conference on International Security.

Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe voiced strong support for Russia during the talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Shoigu. While stressing “the united position” on the international arena, the minister said that one of the main goals of the visit was to send a message to Western powers. 

It is General Wei’s first foreign trip since he was appointed head of the Chinese Defense Ministry. The choice of the destination is not a coincidence, but underlines the “special character” of the bilateral partnership, according to Shoigu.

“The Chinese side came to let the Americans know about the close ties between the Russian and Chinese armed forces,” Wei said.

Prior to the visit, the Chinese state-run Global Times newspaper published an article titled “Western pressure brings China and Russia closer.” The report quotes analysts, who believe that the current international environment – including Western anti-Russia hysteria and the looming US-China trade war – will only strengthen the Sino-Russian alliance.

Both nations have been engaged in their own disputes with the West. The NATO military buildup on Russia’s doorstep has already “crossed the red line,” according to Russian envoy to NATO Aleksandr Grushko. At the same time, Russia is at loggerheads with the US and EU over the poisoning of ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK. The British blame-game over Russia’s alleged involvement in the incident sparked tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats.

Meanwhile, Beijing is engaged in an escalating trade row with Washington, which was triggered by US President Donald Trump’s new steel and aluminum tariffs. China immediately imposed retaliatory measures, announcing increased fares on more than 100 US goods. It also vowed to take further countermeasures in the event of any new round of fare hikes against Chinese goods.

Tensions between China and the US have also been escalating in the resource-rich South China Sea. The passage of US warships near the Chinese-claimed islands in the disputed waters has frequently been slammed as “provocations” by Beijing. The US Navy conducts frequent ‘Freedom of Navigation’ operations in the area, as Washington opposes the Chinese claims and its increased influence in the region.

 

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icnif77:

Better take on the same by my fav:

 

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-03/china-defense-minister-moscow-america-must-know-how-close-chinese-and-russian

 

Nothing continues to scream bullishness - or, less sarcastically, volatility like the world’s number two and number three superpowers aligning their armies and putting on a show of force to make a strong statement to the United States and fend off "Western Pressure".

The prescription for volatility becomes even clear when we consider that the United States, Russia, and China are all in a precarious position with one another that has stemmed from, and has implications on, everything from trade to how to handle North Korea.

This military show of force and sign of unity between the two countries is exactly what has been reported by RT just today. Apparently, China and Russia are strengthening their ties in order to make a clear statement to the United States.

To do that, Beijing sent a delegation to Russia to show Washington the unity of Russian and Chinese military forces and “support” Russia at the 7th Moscow Conference on International Security. surprise

As we wrote just two weeks ago, the "decision point" for gold could be forthcoming and the demise of the dollar could finally be on the horizon: Russia and China are increasing their gold reserves while last week China launched the Petroyuan, announcing it would start paying for oil in local currency, and not dollars.

As such, the joint Chinese and Russian show of force could not only be military, but also monetary, in the near future.

Regardless, this armed forces show of force is one notch higher in the tension pegboard for the global political and global economic climate. However, as has happened with volatility as it has increased over the last decade, we won’t be surprised when equity markets shrug off or ignore this news and continue to push stocks to record highs while hoarding today’s overpriced, oversubscribed and money losing Spotify IPO hand over fist.

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https://www.rt.com/news/423165-skripal-case-iraq-weapons/

The inability of UK scientists to prove Russia made the nerve agent highlights the glaring lack of facts in the Skripal case, which looks similar to the 2003 build-up to the Iraq War, ex-Pentagon official Michael Maloof says.

The revelations, made by the secretive Porton Down laboratory, are a “significant development” in the Skripal scandal, former Pentagon official Michael Maloof believes, as they’ve again raised the question of bringing in Russian experts on chemical weapons to investigate the incident. Russia has repeatedly urged the UK to allow its experts to participate, but London has so far refused.

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