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

3 weeks 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

1 month 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

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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

1 month 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

2 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

2 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

Skripal poisoning: deleted Foreign Office tweet leads to awkward questions

2 months ago kakp2 Comments Off on Skripal poisoning: deleted Foreign Office tweet leads to awkward questions
Boris Johnson is facing embarrassing questions over his claims that Russia had produced the Salisbury nerve agent after it emerged that the Foreign Office had deleted a tweet blaming Moscow for the attack. With the foreign secretary already under pressure over his remarks two weeks ago that a Porton Down scientist had been “absolutely categorical” Read More

Senior Tory MPs accused of accepting money from former Soviet states

2 months ago kakp2 Comments Off on Senior Tory MPs accused of accepting money from former Soviet states
Allegations about financial links between two Conservative MPs and former Soviet states sympathetic to Vladimir Putin aired during a foreign affairs select committee hearing, prompted the chair to urge witnesses to stop repeating them, saying it was not a kangaroo court. The claims, made under parliamentary privilege on Wednesday, concerned Liam Fox, the trade secretary, Read More

More than 130 people could have been exposed to novichok, PM says

2 months ago kakp2 Comments Off on More than 130 people could have been exposed to novichok, PM says
More than 130 people could have been exposed to the deadly nerve agent novichok during the Russian spy attack in Salisbury, Theresa May said on Monday. The prime minister told MPs that hundreds of British citizens had been put in danger by the “utterly barbaric” act which left Sergei Skripal, a former Russian intelligence official, Read More

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

2 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