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explanation but their response has demonstrated complete disdain for the gravity of these events. they have provided no credible explanation that they that could suggest they lost control of the end of agent no explanation as to how this agent came to be used in the united kingdom no explanation as to why russia has an undeclared chemical weapons program in contravention of international law. instead they have treated the use of a military grade nerve agent in europe with sarcasm content and defiance. so mr speaker there is no alternative conclusion other than that the russian state was culpable for the attempted murder of mr script and his daughter and for threatening the lives of other british citizens in salzburg including detective sergeant mick baillie has the prime minister taken the necessary steps under the chemical weapons convention to make
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a formal request for evidence from the russian government on the article nine point two. how has she responded to the russian government's request for a sample of the agent used in the soles read time to run its own church. has high resolution trace analysis been run on a sample of the nerve agent and has that revealed any evidence as to the location or which production all the identity of its perpetrators it was clear it's clear from the conversations i've had with our allies that we have a consensus with our own eyes it was clear from the remarks that were made by backbenchers across the whole of this house on monday that there is a consensus across the butt benches of this house. i am only sorry that the consensus does not go as far as the right on the.
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i have taken the opportunity as the u.k. government to condemn the culprit in this here. the prime minister of the overwhelming body of the house of commons with a night of the government all the foreign office what available to be interviewed on this program instead to stand on the wall of some the house of commons itself when the time have a well asked domestic and international commentate those about their reading of the cotton prices. dropping. the battle.
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tell you something. that we all. combination of. things very artful policy. where he's established a great relationship with food and a killer and american mistakes i think the torture of live this relationship between russia and china to become. quite a lot can be quite tricky and would be very difficult to undermine. welcome back to the summit statement on the measures to be taken against russia on the chemical poisoning of the scruples received overwhelming and cross party
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support in the commons and i welcome the prime minister's statement conclusion about the culpability of the russian state is an immensely serious one and that in addition to their breaches of international law or of the use of chemical weapons but also those cult continue disregard for the rule of law and for human rights must be met with unequivocal condemnation here as the prime minister has stated the attack couldn't miss a script on his daughter was an unlawful use of force by the russian state against the united kingdom but i say that i on my part to fully support the prime minister state. great clear that almost unanimously across the house there is support for my right all of my friends proportionate and right response to this crisis nearly unanimous support for the prime minister's position in the house of commons some commentators they're not of the same degree of certainty. to look further into this
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mucky world of espionage i'm joined from brussels by an emotional a former m i five officer at the national welcome to the alex i'm unsure thank you and in national when it was determined that it was the soviet developed now of agent nova chalk that was a sponsible for the poisoning of mr skeel and his daughter was in the prime minister entitled to think it was a slam dunk there was russia who did it. i think it's clear from her very carefully worded statement in parliament that she did not immediately say it was russia as a state power she said either is russia as a state power or that they had not protected their nerve agent sources adequately and it might have fallen into the wrong hands and i think that's certainly an avenue that we need to look at but russia of course have the means and some would argue have the record of the sort of thing isn't there for
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a reasonable conclusion but they would be suspect number one of course they're going to be suspect number one it doesn't mean that they are suspect number one or they should be convicted by public opinion and the media which is what has been going on for over a week now there needs to be an ever chain evidential chain built up by the police and they do need to cooperate with our russian colleagues to try and get to the bottom of this case does any organization really have the capability of conducting such an operation the most key point in this investigation in my opinion is to find out exactly what scripture has been involved in over the last eight years since he was relocated to the u.k. so we have a situation where a man betrayed his country for ten years he was working as m i six agent he was caught he was tried he was convicted and he was sent to prison in russia for that treachery and then he was pardoned by the russian state and released in the spy swap of two thousand and ten with the american sleeper agents including a chapman and then he was sent to the u.k.
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and was given a pension by an i six and has been living notionally under their protection ever since so in terms of an intelligent asset this guy was rinsed clean by both sides before he got to the u.k. so i can't see that it would necessarily be related to his spy work in the past so i think the motive is probably going to be found in what he's been involved in since who has been working with. his contacts are so i would assume that the intelligence agencies have acquired a warrant from the home secretary they've gone and collected his computers his phones and their trolling through all his records to try and build up a picture of what his current life has been because that is where i think the indication the motive for this type of attack will be. but the police investigation as you wrote was is only doing what international bodies of those who can assist with those investigations and bring about an international consensus on who was responsible well it's very much down to the police and intelligence agencies of the
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u.k. to trying to salvage what happened to one of their spies who is living under their protection in the u.k. what happened to him yes they can call upon expert bodies around the world yes they can try and bring in experts in chemical warfare particularly but of course they have porton down the british chemical warfare center only about six miles down the road from salisbury and we've seen as well from reports until the forensic case has been made until we can find the motive for why this attack happened i think it's very dangerous in this diplomatically fragile times to point the finger at another state actor when bear in mind this agent's novacek was developed in the eighty's by soviet russia and appears to be news new tack in the u.k. in twenty eighteen now you could say it's russia therefore seems a little bit disingenuous for example the brother of kim jung un the head of the north korean state was assassinated last year in kuala lumpur met malaysia with the use of a nerve gas called the x.
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now this was developed by the brits important down in the one nine hundred fifty s. does that automatically mean it's the brits assassinated this guy i don't think so i mean marshall thank you so much for joining us from brussels today. i joined by many of the jet ski the right of a broadcaster who has substantial experience of these matters including three years as a foreign correspondent and moscow welcome to our examiner show me a look at the exchanges in the commons the prime minister seems pretty sure of our ground has taken the vast majority of the comments of the stronger her words the stronger the action the greater the support is going to be and i think one of the reasons for this is because people remember the alexander litvinenko killing and one of the ways they remember it which i think is not actually accurate but one of the ways they remember it is that the british were soft on the russians and this is used as an explanation to say why the russians tried it again should russians
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are very least the number one suspects and they have top of the top of the worst of the there is a distinction between something which is ordered from the very top from the kremlin with full authorization and something that happens either by sort of rogue operators or by say a cabal of small group inside part of the security services yes you know that doesn't say much about the authority of law to me a port that maybe people can do this freelancing. thing we were told about while to be a putin's decibel saw a guy who allows people feel and says well i think this is one of the things that has been got so wrong in much of western reporting about russia which is the idea that put in concert in the kremlin and snap his fingers and lo and behold something happens all over russia one of the things that i think has been so frustrating to
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putin right through the time that he's been in power in russia is the fact that there are institutions and there are individuals and there are parts of the country which are simply out of central control which it very. difficult to make all of russia do what you want it to do and that could include bits of the intelligence services know the macabre who asked for more evidence they got pretty short shrift from the prime minister and the did from his own backbenches both jeremy corbin's call for more evidence and the russians call for more evidence. in a way has i think forced to resume his hunt that this is actually going to international institutions but of course that is not such a nice simple argument to present in the commons as saying our evidence is that russia did it were expelling twenty three diplomats presumably to recruit solid support from friends and allies. where do you think we stand without at the present
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moment it's not so easy for britain to gather that support that it was always so used to and i think this may be the shape of things to come clearly the government drew back from any suggestion of withdrawing things football team as opposed to royalty and government ministers and going to going to russia to a finger on the pulse at all of the public are making of all this my feeling is that there's much more questioning among the public at large as saying well you know maybe there's a hole in this argument maybe it's not quite as cut and dried as people think tears or as it's being presented to us and i think one of the origins for this is the enormous amount of mistrust that you have munger public for the political establishment you know we've seen it over the last ten years or so. that people simply do not trust the people who are governing them what's the likely response what's going to come from vladimir putin to the measures announced by trees away
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yesterday well we saw in the last set of well publicized expulsions when president obama expelled russian diplomats just before he left office. in turn round and refused to retaliate which donald trump of course that was a smart move. and as it were set the tone for what putin and probably trump both hoped was going to be improved relations now there is no such calculation to be made here relations between britain and russia are i mean it's hard it's hardly possible to say they're worse than they have been before because relations have been so bad for most of the last twenty years so i don't think there's anything in it for putin to be seen as being soft on the u.k. so i rather suspect we're in for one for one television movie j.f.k. one thing is for appearing on the family unit title two a quick. which is gallic for
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a loving cup the whiskey and the quick and then you ministers of whiskey among your friends and ok all your close friends and all the scotch whisky ok thank you so much as we're ok thank you i host this independently produced television show which is broadcast on the international one the broadcasting laws which normally put in this country i can say what i like about any issue and so can anyone of my interview guess of included government heads of state and government as well as past prime ministers and presidents m.p.'s from different party biomass is lords and knights of the well not a single one of them has complained about being silenced because not a single one of them has been i hold no brief for the kremlin nor am i required to have no one has tried to influence the content of the show in any way shape or form whatsoever by definition after years not been a propaganda station because it's regulated under u.k.
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license by off go yes it had breaches of the of concorde but so have sky i.t.v. in the b.b.c. for some however independent regulation is not enough. newspapers who objected to even the mildest statutory regulation of the oil industry know think that independent regulation is somehow and that equipped for broadcasting and should be replaced by effective state censorship the chemical poisoning in souls but it was a heinous crime and should be universally condemned the best way to deal with crime is to take the suspects when identified through the courts domestic and international the u.k. government is totally convinced that the russian state is involved another effort entitled to take a range of additional measures diplomatic and economic of course it's much more effective to operate in concert with friends and allies to succeed the evidence has to be overwhelming in the case cast iron as the leader of the opposition correctly
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pointed out to the prime minister he didn't get much support for making that point the house of commons but that does not make him wrong pursuing the case internationally is essential and you're unlikely to succeed at the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons all of the united nations for the production of such conclusive evidence when the u.k. government produces an evidence then the russian government will have no alternative but. meanwhile unilateral domestic measures which could still have a real impact are those which follow the money but it's the magnitsky act or something even more ridiculous and far reaching which tackles the ill gotten gains of the few instead of the gentle sanctions which are the many but don't shut down t.v. stations because your standpoint is so uncertain that you must exclude other perspectives between monday and yesterday the the prime minister sensibly do but from that proposal but nor should this be attempted by indirect question on an independent
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regulator to censure will make it traversed the of the concept of nation speaking on to nation a mockery of freedom of speech that would put tree and image of a country lost in self doubt it would also straight if it all bargain. liberal democracies don't succeed in international confrontations by sacrificing the dearest held values of freedom of speech until next week i hope. goodbye from. the not once not. nothing's off not done one might have been a top the finishing off i'm back and the next one seeking i need. this
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in the heart of the swiss alps this is a place probably more secretive than the pentagon more mysterious than the cia and better guarded than for knox swiss costumes i hear obama's lacewell all the site is controlled by them and they imposed the opening time so it was it was a good dysfunctional plus the procedures in place of the strictest in only. masterpieces by artists like pecans oh and modigliani i can't boards and sold inside this warehouse that's where the report comes in it covers up deals with naturally discreet commercially discreet step but also discreet because they concern fraud. some of those paintings are linked to dark secrets nobody knows how many of these secrets a kept inside the geneva freeport system you'll never obtain an inventory of all the works in the freeport who knows how many there are three hundred three thousand
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three hundred thousand is it a matter of confidentiality only is it the world's black box of the art business. eleven thousand people how syria's controlled. with more still struggling to make it to safety. frankly. should go away should. you case that defense secretary resorts to under. tensions between london and moscow increase over the poisoning of former. screwball and his daughter . the investigation into the murder is yet to produce any concrete evidence with u.k. police saying it could still take weeks to establish. and iconic ukrainian lawmaker . claims top government officials were involved in organizing
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a deadly made on the square shooting in kiev in two thousand and fourteen. broadcasting live from moscow this is our international i'm glad to have you with us and we start with news from syria's rebel held territory of eastern the russian defense ministry center for reconciliation says eleven thousand civilians have been able to leave the embattled area in the last a day using humanitarian corridor set up by the syrian government and at least two thousand more are expected to leave in the coming hours tonight the evacuation forms part of an initiative to get civilians in the stricken region out of harm's way until recently many people have not been able to escape as the militants have reportedly been shelling a humanitarian corridor established by russia correspondent. reports now on the
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exodus. i love my oil and i know they need it thousands of civilians are living good right now by the humanitarian corridor you can see behind me and the passage has been recently opened by syrian forces perhaps it's allowing crowds of civilians that many of them are children to leave in battle area people are coming from different districts and many civilians were telling about the suffering they face for militants they also said they were previously prevented from cleaner we left eastern ghouta it was so difficult when we tried to leave earlier that we were not allowed as it was controlled by terrorists. the army advanced on the town and asked us to leave thank god we are safe and sound and we have arrived here in eastern good which is close to the capital damascus came under rebel control back in two
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thousand and twelve since then government forces have been trying to recapture the area and fighting intensified their last month the militants have been driven into three pockets with the syrian government now holding large parts of the territory but the situation for civilians trapped in the embattled areas remains dire people have been caught in the crossfire and are suffering shortages of food and supplies for. the u.k.'s defense secretary has told russia to quote shut up and go away over moscow's alleged poisoning of former spy sergei scrip hall and his daughter as the diplomatic fallout over the incident continues. it is absolutely atrocious treasures and outrageous will refer to it and sold very we have responded to it for entry. should go away it should sure took we've certainly raised eyebrows because it begins to feel a little bit surreal when this kind of language starts being used in this kind of
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language comes into play especially if you're expecting to be taken seriously certainly in the world of diplomacy in the u.k. has plans to provide a sample of the nerve agent that has been discussed and revel in in connection to this poisoning to the organization for the prague bishan of chemical weapons which russia is also a part of but it's not providing a sample to russia despite requests and messages multiple times from russia throughout this past week to be able to analyze this nerve agent to try to assess what exactly it is and we do know of course the foreign ministry in russia has been saying they would like to know what the substance is we've heard from foreign minister sergei lavrov said russia that russia will definitely retaliate in connection to the expulsion of the twenty three russian diplomats certainly a quid pro quo scenario is that sort of traditional in these kinds of scenarios but he did underscore that russia will continue to use diplomatic language. germany
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france america and u.k. have now issued a joint statement on the poisoning which they say was i likely to have been orchestrated by kremlin requests but moscow provided the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons with information about the navi chalk a nerve agent program now it follows the british government's decision on wednesday to take retaliatory measures against russia in an address or to parliament prime minister theresa may announce that twenty three diplomats will be expelled from the u.k. she said that high level bilateral meetings are also being suspended that includes a visit from russia's foreign minister sergei lavrov on top of that there will be no official delegation from the u.k. attending the up call upcoming football world cup this summer we spoke to russian ambassador to the u.k. alexander. about the incident and the backlash it has triggered he says he does not believe the case is being handled appropriately in square gleaned the. under the
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bridge of course vacation agent a two three four. is the russian region we asked the british officially by newt to share the samples of that in order to make our own conclusions and we would not so all the investigation of the scruple is classified we don't have any information we don't have any access nobody saw even the pictures of the people in the hospital whether they alive or maybe the just in the good health. so nobody talked to the doctor you know there is absolutely no transparency in this case and this is where is us but by the way under the international law in the vienna convention we have to give the access to these people because they're russian citizens and we're also being denied so basically britain doesn't respect the international law and the way how they're behaving. is just. puts
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a lot of questions the investigation into the attack on the former russian intelligence agent and his daughter is still ongoing and there are still many unanswered questions to start his day hawkins explains. and i tack by the kremlin on u.k. soil for downing street it seems the case is all but closed russia is the culprit no questions or other. has the prime minister taken the necessary steps to make a formal request for evidence from the russian government given the gravity of the accusations at official request seemed like a reason the mosque but lost crew though says no such requests were forthcoming. we haven't received any official request from london we've told britain we're ready to respond if they file the request instead of filing the official request the u.k. continues to pull political stunts and moscow also said it would cooperate in a joint investigation within o.p.c. w. parameters it seems this offer was unacceptable to the u.k.
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government. has high resolution trace analysis been run on a sample of the nerve agent no answers from to reason may on that but the prime minister believes there's already enough evidence to make it highly likely this was an attack was by the russian state guilty as charged mr script atlantis daughter poisoned with an. a military grade nerve agent developed by russia means motive and opportunity are usually needed to prove criminal guilt the nerve agent shark legibly used in that attack was actually developed in the soviet union decades ago and the o.p.c. w. officially confirmed that russia had concluded the destruction of its entire chemical weapons stockpile last year but apparently it was not only russia that had access to research labs and the scientists working there in his back to stand for example which became independent after the breakup of the soviet union it was the
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pentagon that helped to demilitarize the facility it was in that very facility schalke was tested to do most of the global. up against good schools in the mid one nine hundred ninety s. western special services recruited a number of our chemical specialists their names are known they also brought some of the documents and continued research in this area including in the us in the u.k. the results achieved by those countries in creating new poisonous substances that for some reason classified under the common name in the west are confirmed and represented in more than two hundred open sources from nato countries we have all the references we're ready to provide them. how has she responded to the russian government's request for a sample of the agent used in the soles reattack to run its own tests apparently no response and no sample why the secrecy if this is such an open and shut case.
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as that revealed any evidence as to the location of its production all the identity of its perpetrators hundreds of offices as you would expect him to work around for gathering evidence to identify those responsible we're not declaring a person of interest or a suspect at this time. how does committing a heinous act on foreign soil only eve of a presidential election and months before the much discussed world cup knowing the diplomatic fallout benefit the kremlin you have to ask one thing if russia wanted to kill this man they could have killed him when he was a prisoner in russia why have they waited this long and why use a chemical weapon that makes it definitely is the russians behind this that very old to think that the president of russia is sitting in his office deciding who to kill someone who is no threat in that basically now retired in britain i would.


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