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Judge and jury on the Wiltshire poisonings | Letters

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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

The Guardian view on the defence budget: be realistic | Editorial

3 weeks ago kakp2 Comments Off on The Guardian view on the defence budget: be realistic | Editorial
It is easier to assert that Britain needs a modern military capability than it is to say what that means. The existence of dangers – from terrorism and cyberwarfare to nuclear proliferation and a pattern of Russian provocations – is beyond question. But to identify a threat is not the same as knowing how to handle it Read More

Arron Banks, Brexit and the Russia connection

1 month ago kakp2 Comments Off on Arron Banks, Brexit and the Russia connection
On 11 March 2016, three months before the European referendum, and long before anyone had started to wonder about foreign interference in the two political cataclysms of 2016 – Brexit and Trump – the Russian embassy in London put out a press release. Philip Hammond, the foreign secretary, had made a speech at Chatham House Read More

Profile: Isabel Oakeshott and the ‘Bad Boys of Brexit’

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Isabel Oakeshott – a long-standing Brexit supporter who has close links to the Conservative donor Lord Ashcroft – has, by her own admission, been aware of emails linking Arron Banks to Russian officials and businessmen since the end of last year. “It was always my intention to publish this information,” Oakeshott has insisted, in the 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

Syria crisis: Corbyn accuses May of waiting for Trump’s instructions – live updates

3 months ago kakp2 Comments Off on Syria crisis: Corbyn accuses May of waiting for Trump’s instructions – live updates
Despite Donald Trump’s slightly more circumspect rhetoric over Syria on Thursday it is hard to escape the drum beat for military intervention. The Times claims the largest US air and naval strike force since the 2003 Iraq war is heading towards Syria. The Times of London (@thetimes) Tomorrow’s front page: Biggest task force since Iraq 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

Russia calls for UN security council meeting to discuss Salisbury nerve agent attack – Politics live

3 months ago kakp2 Comments Off on Russia calls for UN security council meeting to discuss Salisbury nerve agent attack – Politics live
Russia has lost a vote at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on it attempt top seek a new joint investigation into Salisbury poisoning, Reuters is reporting. An unnamed diplomatic source told the agency that the vote was lost by 15-6 with 17 OPCW member states abstaining. Russia gained support from China, Azerbaijan, Read More

No 10 tries to calm Russia row amid cold war rhetoric

3 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