Foreign policy

Judge and jury on the Wiltshire poisonings | Letters

7 days ago kakp2 0
Simon Jenkins asks where the evidence is to support the allegation that the Russian state was responsible for the poisonings in Wiltshire (Why wait for evidence when you can just accuse Russia?, 6 July) Perhaps it is worth reiterating some facts. We know that Russia invented and developed the nerve agent used in Salisbury. We know Read More

‘Deny, distract and blame’: how Russia fights propaganda war

3 months ago kakp2 Comments Off on ‘Deny, distract and blame’: how Russia fights propaganda war
The Twitter account of the Russian embassy in London has been busy over the past two months, offering numerous explanations for the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury. All hint at a dark and sprawling British conspiracy. Since the Skripals were found stricken on a park bench, Downing Street has stuck to one Read More

Nerve agent used to attack Sergei Skripal was liquid, says Defra

3 months ago kakp2 Comments Off on Nerve agent used to attack Sergei Skripal was liquid, says Defra
The nerve agent used to poison Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury was delivered in a liquid form, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has said. A very small amount of the novichok nerve agent was used in the attack and the highest concentration was found at Skripal’s house, it emerged Read More

Russian embassy seeks meeting with Johnson over Skripal attack

3 months ago kakp2 Comments Off on Russian embassy seeks meeting with Johnson over Skripal attack
The Russian embassy has requested a meeting with Boris Johnson to discuss the attack on the former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, saying that its dealings with Britain over the issue had been “utterly unsatisfactory”. The Foreign Office confirmed that a request had been received, but a spokeswoman countered that it was Read More

No 10 tries to calm Russia row amid cold war rhetoric

4 months ago kakp2 Comments Off on No 10 tries to calm Russia row amid cold war rhetoric
Downing Street has issued a plea for “proportionate” action from Russia to the Salisbury poisoning row after its foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, warned that relations with the west are now worse than during the cold war. Theresa May is visiting Scandinavia next week with the international security threat from Russia expected to be at the Read More

Vince Cable humbled as liberal EU prime ministers disown his Brexit referendum claim – Politics live

4 months ago kakp2 Comments Off on Vince Cable humbled as liberal EU prime ministers disown his Brexit referendum claim – Politics live
Official poverty figures have shown an increase in the number of children living in poverty. Some 30% of children are living in households in relative poverty, or 4.1m – up from 4m last year. Commenting on the figures, Alison Garnham, chief executive of the Child Poverty Action Group, said: It’s bad enough that for a Read More

Brexit transition deal breaks seven promises made by ministers, say campaigners – as it happened

4 months ago kakp2 Comments Off on Brexit transition deal breaks seven promises made by ministers, say campaigners – as it happened
It’s been apparent for a long time that the obtaining of data, the use that can be made of it, for commercial or political purposes, is a goldmine for those who wish to breach the law and the sanctions that can be visited on those that do this are entirely inadequate. I’m perfectly aware that Read More

Russia says it will expel British diplomats from Moscow ‘soon’ in retaliation against UK – Politics live

4 months ago kakp2 Comments Off on Russia says it will expel British diplomats from Moscow ‘soon’ in retaliation against UK – Politics live
Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, has chaired a meeting of his security council in Moscow to discuss how to retaliate against the UK’s decision to expel 23 Russian diplomats from London. Sergei Lavrov, the foreign minister, said Russia would act soon. (See 12.02pm.) According to the Russian news agency Tass, Putin will personally chose the Read More

British diplomats to be expelled from Moscow in retaliation, Russian ambassador says – Politics live

4 months ago kakp2 Comments Off on British diplomats to be expelled from Moscow in retaliation, Russian ambassador says – Politics live
We are closing this live blog now. Thanks so much for joining us and for all the comments below the line. Here’s the full story on May’s Commons statement announcing retaliation against Russia after the Russian spy attack: In a tongue-in-cheek display of unconcern about May’s actions today, the Russian embassy in London tweeted: “The Read More

Russian spy attack: Johnson welcomes allies’ support

4 months ago kakp2 Comments Off on Russian spy attack: Johnson welcomes allies’ support
The UK has been encouraged by the “strength of support” from allies to take action against Russia after the nerve agent attack on a former spy and his daughter, Boris Johnson said just hours before the US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, was sacked by Donald Trump. Tillerson, who spoke to the foreign secretary on Read More