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Posted 19 April 2018 - 09:28 AM

LONG ON ACCUSATIONS, SHORT ON EVIDENCE.
 
IT'S THE AMERICAN WAY.
 
 
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Posted 19 April 2018 - 04:53 PM

US publication of so-called 'Novichok' formula violates Chemical Weapons Convention

- Russia to OPCW
 
 
 
 
 
April 19, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
The formula of the nerve agent A-234 ('Novichok') allegedly used to poison former double agent Sergei Skripal, was published in the US in gross breach of the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Russian mission to the OPCW said.
 
The name of Russian chemist Vil Mirzayanov, who was the first to publicly speak about the A-234 substance, has been recently circulated in the Western media following his claims of Russian complicity in the Salisbury case. He was among those scientists who left Russia and continued their work abroad.
 
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READ MORE: London systematically destroying evidence in Skripal case - Russia's UN envoy
 
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"The publication of Mirzayanov's book … facilitates the transfer of knowledge about chemical weapons, and this is indirect transfer of chemical weapons," the mission said speaking at the Executive Council Meeting of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on Wednesday.
 
Mirzayanov, who currently lives in the US, took to Facebook back in March to clarify that the nerve agent formula had solely been published in his book 'State Secrets: An Insider's Chronicle of the Russian Chemical Weapons Program.' He alleged that only Moscow could have used this nerve agent to poison the Russian former double agent and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury on March 4. 
 
The US decision to publish the book was a "gross violation" of Article One of the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Russian mission to OPCW said. "Questions arise: why did the Government of the US, in gross violation of the Convention, decide to publish this book?"
 
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READ MORE: Britain admits OPCW did not confirm 'essential evidence' on origin of Skripal poison
 
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Article One states that each CWC country is not permitted to "develop, produce, otherwise acquire, stockpile or retain chemical weapons, or transfer, directly or indirectly, chemical weapons to anyone." 
 
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© I-Images/ Global Look PressNerve agent used against Skripals is 'out in the wild,' ex-MI5 officer tells RT (VIDEO)
 
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Mirzayanov was the first to disclose the existence of the A-234 nerve agent to the public in a 1992 article to the Moskovskiye Novosti newspaper. The Russian mission, however, pointed out that his first publications didn't contain any formula for the toxic substance. "This confirmed that Mirzayanov did not possess any real knowledge because, at the scientific organization [in Russia], his responsibility covered technical support of the work conducted," the Russian mission concluded.
 
It was only in 2008 that the scientist cooperated with the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center of the US army to release a new publication. This new edition of the book first mentioned a formula for the substance "that fully corresponded to the special data presented" by Edgewood. "A legitimate question arises: if he knew all of that, why had he not written before? The answer is obvious: working only in technical support of research, he did not have the knowledge in the field of real research," the Russian mission said, suggesting that it was the Edgewood center that provided Mirzayanov with the formula.
 
This edition of the book is available on Amazon and sells for less than $30. The researcher insists the formula is genuine, and claims to be "the first whistleblower to reveal the Russian chemical weapons program to the world."
 
The mission, however, says that "any modern chemical laboratory with the necessary special equipment" can synthesize the substances similar to A-234. "There can be no unique markers which could unequivocally point to the country that had produced the substance used against Skripals," it added.
 
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READ MORE: Russia's OPCW envoy exposes 'eight UK lies' in Skripal case
 
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Given the significant number of publications about the toxic chemicals, Russia has called for the introduction of special measures to the Chemical Weapons Convention. "The Director-General of the OPCW… should prepare and introduce…a draft resolution providing for the development of charges to the Annex on the schedules of chemicals," the statement said.
 
Senior British officials, including Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, insist that Moscow was behind the Salisbury poisoning and that the nerve agent could only have come from Russia. They have called for immediate action against Moscow. Russia has vehemently denied any involvement and has repeatedly urged London to provide evidence, including samples of the nerve agent. So far it has yet to receive any such samples.
 
 
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Posted 19 April 2018 - 09:13 PM

Counter-propaganda - eco-sunflower oil NOVICHOK special taste by KGB CCCP. :)

 

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 02:19 PM

Another Dodgy British Dossier:
 
the Skripal Case
 
 
 
 
 
 
April 21, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
In this second part of a series, Gareth Porter compares the same faulty logic employed in two purposely misleading, so-called British intelligence dossiers.
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The British government shared what was supposedly a dossier containing sensitive intelligence to convince allies and EU member states to support its accusation of Russian culpability in the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, England on March 4.
 
But like the infamous 2003 "dodgy dossier" prepared at the direction of Prime Minister Tony Blair to justify British involvement in the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the intelligence dossier on the Salisbury poisoning turns out to have been based on politically-motivated speculation rather than actual intelligence
 
British officials used the hastily assembled "intelligence" briefing to brief the North Atlantic Council on March 15, the European Foreign Affairs Council on March 19 and the European summit meeting in Brussels on March 23.
 
The Need for Dramatic Claims
 
When Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson ordered the production of an intelligence dossier to be used to convince allies and EU member states to join Britain in expelling Russian diplomats, they had a problem: they were unable to declare that nerve agent from a Russian military laboratory had been verified as the poison administered to the Skripals. As the well-informed former Ambassador Craig Murray learned from a Foreign and Commonwealth Office source, the British government military laboratory at Porton Down had been put under strong pressure by Johnson to agree that they had confirmed that the poison found in Salisbury had come from a specific Russian laboratory. Instead Porton Down would only agree to the much more ambiguous formula that it was nerve agent "of a type developed in Russia."
 
May and Johnson: Needed dramatic claims.
 
So May and Johnson needed some dramatic claims to buttress their argument to allies and EU member states that the Salisbury poisoning must have been a Russian government assassination attempt.
 
A letter from British national security adviser Mark Sedwill to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg released publicly on April 13, refers to two key claims in the dossier of a Russian program to research ways of delivering nerve agent, including smearing it on door handles, and of Russian production and stockpiling of nerve agent during the past decade.
 
But closer analysis of these claims, based in part on information provided by official British sources to the press, makes it clear that the government did not have any concrete "intelligence" to support those Government claims in the intelligence brief.
 
The Door Knob Claim
 
The Sedwill letter referred to a Russian "investigation of ways of delivering nerve agent, including by application to door handles" as being part of a broader alleged Russian government program of chemical weapons research and military training."  The letter was obviously implying that it had some secret intelligence on which to base the charge, and some in the British press pitched in to support the claim.
 
The first paragraph of the The Guardian story on the intelligence dossier said, "Russia had tested whether door handles could be used to deliver nerve agent," attributing the information to "previously classified intelligence over the Salisbury attack made public Friday."
 
In another story about the evidence on the Salisbury poisoning, however, The Guardian, apparently reflecting its understanding of what government officials had conveyed, wrote, "Such an audacious attack could have been carried out only by trained professionals familiar with chemical weapons." That statement hinted that the alleged Russian "investigation of ways of delivering nerve agents, including by application to door handles" was actually a speculative inference rather than a fact established by hard evidence.
 
A report in the Daily Mirror, evidently intended to support the government line, actually showed quite clearly that what was being presented as intelligence on alleged Russian research on delivering nerve agent via a door handle was in fact nothing of the sort. It quoted a "security source" as explaining how that claim in the intelligence paper was linked to the belief of counter-terrorism investigators that the Skripals first came in contact with nerve agent on the handle of Skripals' front door.
 
"The door handle thing is big," the unnamed source told the Mirror. "It amounts to Russia's tradecraft manual on applying poisons to door handles. It's the smoking gun." The source was not saying that British intelligence had firsthand information about a Russian tradecraft manual; it was suggesting that one could somehow deduce from the assumed application of nerve agent to the door handle of the Skripal house that this was a sign of Russian intelligence tradecraft.
 
The source then appeared to confirm explicitly that this inference was the basis of the specific claim in the intelligence brief that, "It is strong proof Russia has in the last 10 years researched methods to administer poisons, including by using door handles."
 
The Murder that Contradicts the Dossier
 
The idea that only intelligence operatives with formal training could have applied nerve agent to a door handle was not based on objective analysis. MI6, the British foreign intelligence service, knows very well that a 1995 murder committed in Moscow with a nerve agent developed by Soviet-era scientists was carried out by a private individual, not a government intelligence unit.
 
Court documents in the 1995 murder of banker Ivan Kivelidi, reported by the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, show that in 1994 a Russian criminal syndicate had acquired Novichok nerve agent, which had been synthesized by Soviet scientists, and that it was used the following year to kill Kivelidi and his secretary by applying some of the nerve agent on his telephone receiver.
 
Boris Kuznetsov, a dissident Russian lawyer involved in the Kivelidi murder case, who fled Russia in 2007 with copies of all the relevant documents, turned them over to the British government after the Skripal poisoning. The knowledge of that episode would account for Prime Minister May's otherwise surprising acknowledgement on March 12 of the possibility that the poisoning might not have been a Russian government action but the consequence of the Russian government allowing nerve agent to "get into the hands of others".
 
An Ongoing Russian Novichok Program?
 
The Sedwill letter made another sweeping claim of covert Russian production of the line of nerve agent that had been dubbed Novichok. "Within the last decade," it said, "Russia has produced and stockpiled small quantities of Novichok under the same programme."If true, that would have been major evidence bearing on the Skripal poisoning, since such a program would be both covert and illegal under the Chemical Weapons Convention.
 
But neither the Sedwill letter nor any other statement from the British
 
Sedwill: No evidence.
 
government has referred to the possession of any evidence for that claim, even in the most generic way. In fact, Prime Minister May said merely that Russia "had previously produced Novichoks and would still be able to do so".
 
In contrast to its silence about any kind of information supporting its claim of Russian production and stockpiling of Novichok program in the past decade, the Sedwill letter cited "a combination of credible open-source reporting and intelligence" on the existence of the Russian program that developed the Novichok line of nerve agents in the 1970s and 1980s.
 
If the UK possessed actual evidence of such a Russian nerve agent program at Shikhany, the former military chemical weapons facility, it presumably would have informed the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) of the fact and presented its evidence to the 41-member Executive Council, the governing body of the organization. It clearly has not done so, and it has not suggested that it was prevented from doing so by the fear of compromising an intelligence source within the Russian government.
 
The British government could also demand a "challenge inspection" at the facility. Any member of the Chemical Weapons Convention can call for an immediate inspection, and Russia would have had no option but to permit it. But it has not done so, signifying that it does not have the information necessary to identify the location of the alleged production and stockpiling of such a weapon, nor does it have the name of anyone who has worked on such a project.
 
Suspect Intercepted Russian Communications
 
Another claim in the British "intelligence" dossier is an intercepted Russian communication that allegedly supports the Russian nerve gas operation accusation.
 
The tabloid Express reported its sources saying such an intercept had been "a key part of Britain's intelligence evidence." The sources revealed that on March 4, a message from Damascus to Moscow intercepted by a listening post in Southern Cyprus contained the words, "The package has been delivered." And the same message was said to have reported that two named individuals had "made a successful egress" - meaning that they had left.
 
But without knowing the context in which either statement was made, such quotes are meaningless. And one must ask how often something like those exact words would be communicated to Moscow from a diplomatic or military outpost somewhere in the world every single day. Furthermore, the second message to which the dossier is said to have referred actually revealed the names of the two men who had departed, so it clearly had nothing to do with a covert operation.
 
The May government was able to convince 29 other states, including the United States, to take action against Russia by expelling its diplomats, representing a deliberate step toward higher tensions with Moscow. But the intelligence dossier it deployed in that effort, as reflected in the Sedwill letter and media reporting, was far from being the kind of information one might expect to provoke such a major diplomatic move. It was instead, like the original 2003 "dodgy dossier" on WMD in Saddam's Iraq, essentially a collection of misleading claims based on politically-skewed logic.
 
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Gareth Porter is an independent investigative journalist and historian on U.S. national security policy and the recipient of the 2012 Gellhorn Prize for journalism. His most recent book is Manufactured Crisis: the Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, published in 2014.
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Posted 23 April 2018 - 04:32 PM

British govt must explain its behavior in Skripal case, Syria strikes
 
- UKIP MEP
 
 
 
 
 
 
April 23, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
Although the UK has deemed Russia responsible for the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, the public needs proof, a UKIP MEP told RT, adding that London should also justify its role in the Syria airstrikes.
 
Speaking to RT at the Yalta International Economic Forum in Crimea, West Midlands Member of European Parliament (MEP) Bill Etheridge said there is a lot of "murky water" in the Skripal case. "A lot of things that are unexplained, a lot of behavior that does not ring true."
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© Andrew Parsons/ Global Look PressScientist warns of toxic levels of Novichok in Salisbury 'hotspots' despite earlier reassurances
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He went on to explain that "the British course of public opinion doesn't believe it, so the behavior of our government and security services, they need to explain to use why they are so convinced that the great nation of Russia would wish to attack anyone in our country."
 
Etheridge added that no one has provided any "solid proof" that Russia was behind the poisoning. "The current British government position is one where they are taking too strong a position with Russia. They should be having dialogue, they should be having conversation."
 
Skripal, a former Russian double agent, and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in the UK town of Salisbury on March 4. Russia has offered its full cooperation and urged London to provide evidence, including nerve agent samples. However, it has not received any.
 
The Russian Foreign Ministry says the incident is "highly likely" to have been staged by British intelligence, while Russia's envoy to the UK has expressed concern that the investigation by the Office for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) lacked transparency. 
 
Etheridge also addressed the topic of Western intervention in Syria, one week after the UK, US, and France launched airstrikes over an alleged chemical attack that the three allies have blamed on the government of Bashar Assad.
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© Alexei NikolskyMPs form yet another committee to tackle 'Russian problem'
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"My belief is... the Syrian civil war is one where Western intervention is not helpful... my position is that there should be no intervention and frankly by intervening in that part of the world in the past, the UK and US have made things worse. As far as I'm concerned, we should stand back from this and allow the Syrian people self-determination."
 
"I expect that London will get pressure from the British people to justify themselves and if they cannot justify themselves, there will be protests from British people saying, 'no war in our name, no conflict in our name.'"
 
The UK, US, and France refused to wait for the results of an official OPCW investigation into the alleged chemical attack before deciding on military action. This also came despite the Russian military traveling to the scene of the alleged attack and finding no evidence of a toxic agent.
 
Russia has also stated that it has indisputable evidence that the attack did not take place, with Russia's Ambassador to the OPCW, Aleksandr Shulgin, stating that it was a "pre-planned false-flag attack by the British security services, which could have also been aided by their allies in Washington."
 
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Posted 23 April 2018 - 04:52 PM

Keep calm & blame Russia:
 
RT’s story of inconvenient facts surrounding Skripal saga
 
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Posted 23 April 2018 - 05:04 PM

Russia had no interest in Skripal, UK hiding spy & daughter to stop them talking
 
– ex-CIA mole to RT
 
 
 
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Posted 24 April 2018 - 11:27 AM

Russian mission to OPCW receives UK’s answers to questions on Skripal case
 
 
 
April 24, 2018
 
 
 
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The situation around the case of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal's poisoning in the UK will not affect the process of visa application for ordinary Russians, UK Ambassador to Russia Laurie Bristow told RIA Novosti.
 
 
 
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G7 foreign ministers have sided with the UK in assigning blame for the Salisbury poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal to Russia. The ministers "share and agree" on the assessment that Moscow was "highly likely" behind the attack.
"We share, and agree with, the UK's assessment that it is highly likely that the Russian Federation was responsible for the attack, and that there is no plausible alternative explanation," the foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the US, the UK itself as well as the High Representative of the European Union, declared in a joint statement issued in the wake of their meeting in Toronto on Monday.
 
They doubled down on the allegations voiced by London that former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent "of a type developed by Russia," accusing it of running a "Novichok program" that it allegedly failed to declare, in breach of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).
 
 
 
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Posted 24 April 2018 - 11:58 AM

Busted!
 
Mainstream Media's Witch Hunt on 'Russian Bots' Over Skripal Case
 
 
 
 
 
April 24, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
Over a week ago, Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White told reporters that the Internet had witnessed a "2,000-percent increase" in Russian trolling in the aftermath of the western airstrikes on Syria, while some British media noticed similar "suspicious" activity on social media in the wake of the Skripal poisoning.
 
According to the latest Whitehall analysis by British civil servants, covered by The Guardian, Russia-based accounts have increased their propaganda activities up to 4,000 percent since the alleged poisoning attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, UK.
 
"One bot, @Ian56789, was sending 100 posts a day during a 12-day period starting from April 7, and reached 23 million users, before the account was suspended. […] Another, @Partisangirl, reached 61 million users with 2,300 posts over the same 12-day period," The Guardian wrote.
 
It appears, those people are not Russians at all, and The Guardian labeled them as "bots" incorrectly: the first "Kremlin-inspired" user, mentioned in the government report, @Ian56789, turned out to be a British citizen, who agreed to make an appearance on Sky News via Skype to dispel the myths that he's a "Russian troll."
 
Following Ian's interview, his Twitter account was unsuspended, with social the media platform claiming the ban on his account was a "mistake."
 
Another "Russian bot," @Partisangirl, appeared to be an Australian journalist of Syrian descent, who's keen on filming YouTube videos, addressing such issues as the war in Syria and conspiracy theories. The blogger, whose identity is verified on Twitter, took to the video hosting website to respond to the allegations, accusing the mainstream media of not even "bothering to check my Twitter account before they wrote about it."
 
Meanwhile, The Guardian's political editor, Heather Stewart, responded to Russian journalist Vladimir Kornilov's request to clarify as to why Ian's account was considered "Russian-operated":
 
Stewart's reply caused a wave of indignation on social media:
 
Another renowned media outlet, The Times, published a series of articles, "exposing" Russian bots, who "had been mobilized to pump up conspiracy theories" about western airstrikes in Syria, as well as Skripal's poisoning.
 
The Times called out a user, nicknamed Citizen Halo, who described herself as a Finnish activist, claiming that she was a Russian bot, because she tweeted that UK Prime Minister Theresa May was more likely to be behind the Skripal poisoning than Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as that the alleged chemical attack in Syria's Douma was a false flag, staged by the White Helmets.
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READ MORE: Compared to What: Pentagon Says '2000%' Rise in Russian Trolls After Airstrikes
 
The "Russian bot" immediately took to Twitter to lambast those claims:
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On March 4, former Russian intelligence agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious in Salisbury, UK after being allegedly exposed to a military-grade nerve agent, dubbed Novichok. The British authorities rushed to accuse Russia of "attempted murder," ordering a massive expulsion of Russian diplomats from the country, thus triggering a wave of coordinated ousters of Russian diplomatic workers across Western nations. Moscow, for its part, has denied any involvement in the incident, and took symmetric measures in response to the West's actions.
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Related:
 
Skripal Case Not to Affect Visa Application Process for Russians - UK Ambassador
 
G7 States Agree With UK That Russia 'Highly Likely' Responsible for Skripal Case
 
UK Police Probing for Alleged Skripal Case 'Persons of Interest' - Reports
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Posted 24 April 2018 - 01:29 PM

Moscow Dissatisfied With UK Answers to Skripal Case Questions
 
- Mission to OPCW
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Police officers guard the cordoned off area around the home of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, Britain, April 3, 2018
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Russia is not satisfied with the answers to the questions related to the so-called Skripal case provided to Moscow by the United Kingdom, a spokesperson of Russia's Permanent Representation to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) told Sputnik on Tuesday.
 
Earlier in the day, the press service of the Russian mission to the OPCW told Sputnik that it had received the answers from the United Kingdom on Monday.
 
"The answers received from the UK side dissatisfy us. Of course, we will need time for more thorough analysis. But the first impression we have is that the UK side had not provided us with the answers to the most important questions we have asked," the spokesperson said.
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Soldiers wearing protective clothing prepare to lift tow truck in Hyde Road, Gillingham, Dorset, England as the investigation into the suspected nerve agent attack on Russian double agent Sergei Skripal continues Wednesday March 14, 2018
 
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Moscow Recommends That London Not Rush to Destroy Evidence in Skripal Case
 
The official added that Moscow was considering further steps in order to receive answers to the most significant questions.
 
Russia's Permanent Representative to the OPCW Alexander Shulgin called the answers received from London an "empty response."
 
"Our main questions were not answered. The whole paper looks like a formal, empty response," he said as quoted by the Russian Embassy in the Netherlands.
 
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has also commented on the issue in an interview with Sputnik on Tuesday.
 
"We are disappointed with the response. Again, accusations against Russia are being replicated, arguments about the alleged Novichok substance development program in our country," Ryabkov said, adding that Moscow considers the G7 accusations against Russia on the Skripal case empty and unsubstantiated.
 
On March 4, former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found unconscious on a bench near a shopping mall in the UK town of Salisbury. UK authorities have blamed Russia for attempting to assassinate the Skripals with the A234 nerve agent. Russia has denied having any role in the poisoning, pointing to the lack of evidence provided by London to substantiate its accusations. Moscow has also released a list of questions addressed to the UK authorities on the case.
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Related:
 
G7 Showed Solidarity on Skripal Case Due to Failure of Probe - Russian Lawmaker
 
BZ Agent Used to Poison Skripals Active for 3 Days - Russian Intel Vet
 
Letter to Russian Embassy: Skripal Case Looks Like 'Smokescreen'
 
BZ Toxin Possible in Skripals' Samples as Positive Control, Not Lethal Agent
 
Russia Expects Answer From OPCW About of BZ Toxin Presence in Skripal Case
 
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Posted 26 April 2018 - 02:20 PM

Prime Minister Theresa May reassures residents 'Salisbury is safe' following nerve agent attack
 
 
 
 
 
April 26, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
Prime Minister Theresa May has assured visitors and residents that "Salisbury is safe" as the decontamination of nine Novichok hotspots around the city begins.
 
A number of new barriers appeared at various locations in the city last week as officials launched what is expected to be a several months-long clean-up operation.
 
Mrs May, responding to a question from former defence minister Dr Andrew Murrison at Prime Minister's Questions, told MPs that residents had no need to take any additional precautions.
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Officers guarding one of the sealed off areas in the city
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Dr Murrison (South West Wiltshire) said: "At Thursday's recovery meeting in Salisbury the public was told that nine Novichok hotspots remain in the city and around the city and that the clean-up may take until the end of the year.
 
"In thanking the Prime Minister for her very close interest in this matter can I ask what more can be done to expedite the clean-up so that life in South Wiltshire can return to normal as soon as possible?"
 
Mrs May said: "Can I make it absolutely clear that Public Health England have said Salisbury is safe for residents and visitors, there's no need for anyone to take any additional precautions.
 
"Cordons are in place to protect the public while decontamination work iscarried out on the sites.
 
"After decontamination is undertaken at each site, sampling will be carried out to ensure that these sites are safe to be released back to the public."
 
"I can assure him that the need to expedite this work is well recognised, but we want of course to ensure it is done in a way that those sites will in the future be available to the public and will be safe for the public."
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- PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY
 
 decontamination begins
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Clean up teams have begun to clean areas at risk of contamination of Novichok
 
The nerve agent Novichok is believed to have been used in liquid form to target Sergei and Yulia Skripal last month.
 
The military has moved into Salisbury as they begin to clean up the city.
 
Former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a bench in the Wiltshire city on March 4.
 
The Government has said a military-grade Novichok nerve agent of a type developed by Russia was used in the attack, although Moscow denies any involvement.
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Anyone who creates a missile that travels at eight times the speed of sound must be evil.
 
How can those wonderful Americans rule the world, now?
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Posted 28 April 2018 - 10:21 AM

Tell Theresa May:
If it wasn't for the Russians, England would be speaking German now.
 
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Posted 28 April 2018 - 10:40 AM

Tell Theresa May:
If it wasn't for the Russians, England would be speaking German now.
 
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Posted 28 April 2018 - 10:43 AM

Tell Theresa May:
If it wasn't for the Russians, England would be speaking German now.
 
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Posted 29 April 2018 - 11:26 AM

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Many questions remain on Skripal poisoning but press is silent
 
 
 
 
 
 
April 29, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
It is over two weeks since Yulia Skripal was released from hospital and reportedly taken to a safe place. There have been no further reports on her condition or on that of her father who was also said to be recovering but more slowly.
 
The two were discovered unconscious on a park bench in Salisbury on March 4th, according to the official narrative having been poisoned by a Novichok type nerve agent that was alleged to have been produced by Russia. At first it was thought both would die but as it turned out both survived.
 
Yulia was released on April 10. A statement by the police was released on her behalf but as I pointed out in a Digital Journal article at the time everything was kept under wraps. Yulia had been conscious and talking for some time and even had an alleged phone call with a relative, Viktoria in Russia. The Russian embassy has tried in vain to gain access to Yulia as she is a Russian citizen. Victoria too wanted a visa to come to the UK to see Yulia but was refused a visa.
 
Authorities must have interviewed both Sergei and Yulia about what happened
 
Yulia has been fit for interrogation for ages. It is beyond belief that no such questioning has taken place. What were the results? Surely she and her father are key to help understand what happened. After all, they were directly involved. Yet we have not received one bit of information about what she said.
 
The father too is no doubt well enough to answer questions. There is evidence from the phone call of Viktoria that he was out of his coma and asleep. However, we have not received a single update and reporters are not up to asking questions about his condition apparently. Reporters who are usually demanding interviews have remained silent and are not clamoring for more news to be released. Even when Yulia was released from the hospital, the announcement was made without allowing any reporters to ask questions.
 
We do not know where Yulia is or the condition of Sergei. Presumably he is still in the hospital but who knows. Perhaps both have been whisked off and given new identities some have suggested could be done.
 
Instead of dealing with these questions, there are articles dealing with the negative effect on tourism the poisoning has had on the tourism industry in Salisbury as in this DeutscheWelle article and on decontamination as in this BBC article.
 
The Moon of Alabama and Craig Murray
 
A recent Moon of Alabama article explains why we may not be receiving any information about what Yulia and Sergei told authorities about the issue. The article notes that a former senior servant Clive Ponting is quoted by former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray as suspecting that the UK government issued a D-notice to desist from reporting on Mr. Skripal's handler. Murray also noted that Alex Thomsen on March 12 also mentioned a D-notice related to Mr. Skripals M16 handler. Whether there is such an order or not with respect to reporting on what the Skripals have said to authorities, the situation is as if there were such an order.
 
A D-notice is defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as a British government instruction preventing particular information from being made public in order to protect the country.
 
What a complicated web!
 
The Moon article points out: "The D-Notice attempt Thomsen mentioned was too late as some media had already reported the name of the Skripal's MI6 handler. We spelled it out on March 8. One Pablo Miller, a British MI6 agent, had recruited Sergej Skripal. The former MI6 agent Christopher Steele was also involved in the case. Skripal was caught by the Russian security services and ewent to jail. Pablo Miller, the MI6 recruiter, was also the handler of Sergej Skripal after he was released by Russia in a spy swap. He reportedly also lives in Salisbury. Both Christopher Steele and Pablo Miller work for Orbis Business Intelligence which created the "Dirty Dossier" about Donald Trump."
 
The Moon wonders if Steele got Skripal to help make up the dossier about Trump? Did Skripals' old connections try to contact people in Russia to ask about Trump dirt? Of course these are not questions which authorities are likely to answer. While we could easily drift into conspiracy theories at this point, at the very least if what the Moon says is true there are certainly those other than the Russians who might have motives to poison Sergei although it is not clear why Yulia should be involved.
 
Changing official records
 
On April 26 Dilyana Gatandzhiev tweeted: "Dilyana Gaytandzhiev @dgaytandzhieva - 21:24 UTC - 26 Apr 2018
 
The #Skripals were allegedly exposed to the drug #Fentanyl, not the #Novichok nerve agent, according to information obtained from the UK Clinical Services Journal https://www.clinical...tory/25262/..."
 
The original version of the report from March 5 said: "Salisbury District Hospital declared a "major incident" on Monday 5 March, after two patients were exposed to an opioid. ...It followed an incident hours earlier in which a man and a woman were exposed to the drug Fentanyl in the city centre. The opioid is 10,000 times stronger than heroin."
 
On April 27, a day after the above tweet Gaytandzhiev noted that the passage had been redacted. Moon verified that the text has changed. The text now reads: "Salisbury District Hospital declared a "major incident" on Monday 5 March, after two patients were exposed to what is believed to be an opioid.It followed an incident hours earlier in which a man and a woman were exposed to a substance in the city centre." All reference to Fentanyl as a cause of the illness has been removed.
 
Strange that a small journal should change its text in this way but it may simply be to be consistent with official findings. However, the local Salisbury Journall gave a similar report on March 5th and is still up: "Police declared a major incident after a man in his 60s and a woman in her 30s were found unconscious on a bench in the shopping centre on Sunday. Emergency services at the scene suspected the substance may have been a powerful drug called fentanyl, but nothing has yet been confirmed." Of course it was not confirmed.
 
Another local news site also headlined on March 5: Major chemical incident declared after 10 people vomited fentanyl and two are critically ill.
 
There have been plenty of technical studies of whatever the agent was and they show that it was a type of novichok nerve agent. That the early reports indicate it was fentanyl should hardly count for as much as the official analysis although it remains puzzling why the two did not die and why others saw the symptoms as of fentanyl.
 
As the appended video shows a Swiss lab analysis pointed to an entirely different agent BZ.
 
Conclusion
 
Craig Murray along with some others think that there is right now a D-order preventing publication of information about the case. If Russia is indeed the culprit it would seem that a D-order is the last thing necessary. However, a UK order if it exists does not prevent the remainder of the press outside the UK from investigating and reporting. Yet there is silence elsewhere as well.
 
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Of course the press is silent.
 
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Posted 01 May 2018 - 09:26 AM

Russian diplomat slams UK media's sudden blackout on Skripal case
 
 
 
 
 
April 29, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
"British journalists lapsed into silence in a day as if there had come an order for everyone to keep silent", said Maria Zakharova
 
Russia's Foreign Ministry will not leave without attention the investigation into the poisoning of former Russian GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, as Moscow has information for the public, the ministry's Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in the Sunday Evening with Vladimir Solovyev program on Rossiya'1 television channel.
 
"British journalists lapsed into silence in a day as if, let's speak openly, there had come an order for everyone to keep silent. They have all lapsed into silence. Therefore, there is no any Skripal case in the British media. It ceased to be interesting. Nobody is looking for anyone, nobody is carrying out any investigations, nobody is demanding from the British side either photos or videos of the affected persons, or as we have been told, the affected persons," Zakharova said.
 
"The case does not exist in the media space. Nevertheless, without any doubt, Russia's Investigative Committee, Russia's Embassy to the United Kingdom and Foreign Ministry will be cheering them up with news from the front. We have something to tell them," she said.
 
According to London, former Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal, who had been sentenced in Russia for spying for the UK, and his daughter Yulia, 33, suffered the effects of an alleged nerve agent in the British city of Salisbury on March 4. Claiming that the substance used in the attack had been a Novichok-class nerve agent developed in the Soviet Union, London rushed to accuse Russia of being involved in the incident. Moscow rejected all of the United Kingdom's accusations, saying that a program aimed at developing such a substance had existed neither in the Soviet Union nor in Russia.
 
The father and daughter came out of the coma. According to Salisbury District Hospital, Sergei Skripal remains under medical supervision in the hospital and his health is improving, while Yulia Skripal has been discharged and is recovering in an unspecified location.
 
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Posted 01 May 2018 - 06:30 PM

It stinks,are they still alive?Russia should be demanding access to their citizens or draw the conclusion they are dead or abducted.


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Posted 02 May 2018 - 01:40 PM

UK media told to conceal connections between Sergei Skripal and MI6
 
 
 
 
 
 
May 2, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Craig Murray, the former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, has published evidence suggesting that a D-notice has been issued to the press to protect MI6, hiding its connections to the Russian double-agent, Sergei Skripal. According to the Conservative government and a pliant media, Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were poisoned by Russia with a "novichok" nerve agent.
 
A D-notice (Defence and Security Media Advisory Notice) is used by the British state to veto the publication of potentially damaging news stories. Formally a request to withhold publication, the slavishness of the mainstream media ensures these notices function for the most part as gag orders.
 
Murray initially reported the claims of famous whistleblower Clive Ponting that a D-notice had likely been issued in relation to some aspect of the Skripal affair. He then noted Channel 4 journalist Charles Thomson's confirmation that a D-notice had, in fact, been issued and that it related specifically to censoring the identity of Skripal's MI6 handler.
 
Murray suggests that the MI6 agent in question is called Pablo Miller.
 
As Murray notes, the specific attempt to protect Miller's identity is highly significant. Miller is an associate of former British intelligence officer, Christopher Steele, first in espionage operations in Russia and more recently in the activities of Steele's private intelligence firm, Orbis Business Intelligence.
 
Steele was responsible for compiling the Trump-Russia dossier, comprising 17 memos written in 2016 alleging misconduct and conspiracy between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and the Putin administration. The dossier, paid for by the Democratic Party, claimed that Trump was compromised by evidence of his sexual proclivities in Russia's possession. Steele was the subject of an earlier (unsuccessful) D-notice, which attempted to keep his identity as the author of the dossier a secret.
 
If Miller and, by extension, Skripal himself were somehow involved in Orbis' work on the highly-suspect Steele-Trump dossier, alongside representatives of British and possibly US intelligence, then all manner of motivations can be suggested for an attack on the ex-Russian spy and British double agent by forces other than Russia's intelligence service, the FSB.
 
Miller's official career comprised a period of service in the British Army-the Royal Tank Regiment and the Royal Green Jackets-and then postings as a diplomat in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Nigeria from 1992, Tallinn in Estonia from 1997, and Warsaw in Poland from 2010 to 2013. In 2015, he was awarded an OBE by the Queen "for service to British foreign policy."
 
In 2000, the FSB accused Miller of being "head of British intelligence in Tallinn" and claimed he had turned an FSB officer, Valery Ojamae, for MI6. Seven years later, Miller was again named as an intelligence operative, this time in connection with another MI6-recruited former Russian security officer, Vyacheslav Zharko. The FSB statement at the time indicated that Miller had also been suspected of involvement in the turning of Sergei Skripal.
 
His connections with Skripal do not end there. On March 7, before the government had got its narrative in order, the Telegraph newspaper reported that the Russian had been close to a "security consultant" living nearby: "The consultant, who The Telegraph is declining to identify [i.e. has been told not to], lived close to Col Skripal and is understood to have known him for some time."
 
Miller, according to his LinkedIn profile-swiftly deleted following the Skripal affair-had retired from British diplomacy/intelligence to settle down in Salisbury. The same profile also reportedly listed Miller's "consultancy work" at Orbis Intelligence, linking Skripal, Miller and Steele.
 
When this connection was first made in early March, the BBC's security correspondent Gordon Corera and Guardian 's Luke Harding rushed to issue denials. Corera tweeted:
 
"No link Chris Steele to Sergei Skripal: sources close to Orbis Intelligence-ex MI6 officer Chris Steele's company which did Trump 'dossier'-tell me no links whatsoever to Russian targeted with nerve agent."
 
Harding joined him, saying, "The @Telegraph story claiming a link between Sergei #Skripal and Christopher Steele's company Orbis is wrong, I understand. Skripal had nothing to do with Trump dossier. Nor did unnamed 'security consultant' ever work for Orbis."
 
At the time, replies to Harding pointed out that, though Miller's LinkedIn page had been deleted, a search for "Pablo Miller" and "Orbis Business Intelligence" still brought the dead page up first on Google's listings-with none of the other Pablo Millers on the site featured in the results. Another pointed to a forum on which the presence of Orbis Intelligence on Miller's profile was mentioned, with a link to the same LinkedIn address.
 
Beside these points, there is the timing of Steele's, Miller's and Skripal's intelligence activities in Russia. Miller, as we have seen, was closely involved with the turning and handling of Russian double-agents at least during his time in Tallinn from 1997 to 2010. Skripal was passing information to the British from 1995. Steele was posted to Moscow as a spy between 1990-1993, returned to London as part of a group of Kremlin specialists and was head of MI6's Russia desk by 2006.
 
Professor Anthony Glees, the director of the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Buckingham, has commented, "It is beyond doubt that he [Skripal] would have known Steele and Steele would have known him." Miller, meanwhile, would have been working under Steele.
 
As to why Corera and Harding omitted any research along these lines, in Corera's case, one could point to the recent National Security Capability review which cited the BBC as an element of Britain's programme for advancing its geostrategic position. Harding, on the other hand, seems to have a telepathic link with the minds of Britain's leading security personnel. His most prominent work of late consists of hatchet jobs on Julian Assange and Edward Snowden and propaganda pieces against Russia.
 
While the precise nature of the relations between Skripal, Miller, and Steele are hidden, enough is already known to raise sharp questions about Skripal's ongoing involvement with British intelligence.
 
Was he, as Murray suggests hypothetically, in fact a participant in the creation of Steele's Trump dossier? Did he have inconvenient knowledge of ongoing British operations in and against Russia? And, most significant of all, was he targeted by MI6 or the CIA in a preemptive strike to ensure his silence?
 
These revelations come amid the latest expression of the ongoing collapse of the official Skripal narrative. Yesterday, the UK's National Security Advisor, Sir Mark Sedwell, admitted that the security agencies had no suspects in the Skripal case.
 
On April 20, the Daily Telegraph reported, "Police and intelligence agencies have identified key suspects in the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia… Counter-terrorism police are now trying to build a case against 'persons of interest,' who are believed to be back in Russia."
 
The Telegraph had "been told" that "a search of flight manifests in and out of the UK has yielded specific names in the hunt for the Skripal's would-be assassins."
 
This story had a shelf-life of eleven days.
 
None of these issues will be probed by the media because the war drive against Russia will suffer no criticism. The Socialist Equality Party, British section of the ICFI, is organising a series of meetings across the country, under the title "Against War, Lies and Censorship." We urge all those serious about building an international anti-war movement to attend an event near them.
 
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Posted 03 May 2018 - 12:22 PM

Lavrov slams UK denial of Russian consular access to Skripals as tantamount to kidnapping
 
 
 
 
 
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The British authorities' refusal to grant Russia consular access to former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia is a reason enough to regard the whole affair as abduction or intentional isolation, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Italy's weekly Panorama in an interview.
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"Russia is worried over the health and position of the Skripals, whom the British authorities dragged into this provocation. The British authorities' refusal to grant consular access is a reason enough to consider the current situation as abduction or intentional isolation. This is utterly unacceptable," Lavrov said.
 
In his opinion, instead of actions in compliance with international law Lavrov prefers loud statements and "megaphone diplomacy," but Russia remains prepared for cooperation.
 
"We are ready for concrete cooperation with Britain. We urge London to cooperate honestly within the framework of the criminal case Russia's Investigative Committee opened over an attempt at premeditated murder and of the relevant queries the Prosecutor-General's Office dispatched to Britain," Lavrov said.
 
On March 4, former GRU Colonel Sergey Skripal, 66, convicted in Russia of spying for Britain and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia were affected by a nerve agent in Salisbury, if the British version of the incident is to be believed. London later alleged that the substance had been developed in Russia and blamed Moscow for the incident. Russia dismissed all speculations on that score.
 
Both Skripals are reported to have woken up from coma. A hospital in Salisbury says that Sergei Skripal still undergoes stationary treatment and his condition is improving, while his daughter was released from hospital earlier and is recovering at an unknown place.
 
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