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Russia confirms it will expel British diplomats in retaliation

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posted on Mar, 16 2018 @ 06:21 AM
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I guess we all saw this coming...


MOSCOW — Moscow will expel British diplomats in retaliation for a similar move made by London earlier this week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday, without specifying how many or any other measures in the deepening crisis between the two countries.

Asked by a journalist at a press conference if Russia would kick out British diplomats, Lavrov said simply “of course, we will.”



The confirmation comes as part of a delayed and still unfolding response to a variety of coordinated Western measures against Moscow following the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain last week. The spy, 66-year-old Sergei Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia were poisoned with a nerve agent identified by British authorities as one made only by Russia.

Russia has been coy about its potential responses since Wednesday, when British Prime Minister Theresa May announced the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats in London believed to be part of Russia’s intelligence network there. There has been much talk in Moscow of imminent and decisive responses, but so far nothing of substance has taken place.



The government has also been vague about its response to Washington’s expansion of sanctions against Russian individuals believed to have played a role in alleged cyber attacks and attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Friday Moscow’s would expand its own “black list” of Americans, adding that additional measures had not yet been ruled out. “Those [American] politicians are playing with fire,” he said.



The United States, France and Germany on Thursday formally backed Britain’s claims that Russia likely was responsible for the attack, calling it the “first offensive use of a nerve agent” in Europe since World War II.

In a statement, the four leaders said they shared the view of British investigators that “there is no plausible alternative explanation” for the attack. They added that “Russia’s failure to address the legitimate request by the U.K. government further underlines its responsibility.”

“It threatens the security of us all,” they added, without spelling out any possible further reprisals.


It's interesting that all these countries are backing up Ms. May on her accusations. I wonder if any of them got access to the investigation? Or if they ran an investigation themselves? I mean... There must be some CONCLUSIVE and DEFINITIVE proof the Russians did it, right? Or else, it's an act of war from Britain and I'd be glad to see Putin pay it back on their faces.


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posted on Mar, 16 2018 @ 06:23 AM
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a reply to: vinifalou


I just wonder what is taking them so long?



posted on Mar, 16 2018 @ 06:26 AM
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a reply to: oldcarpy

Yeah they are taking their time, milking the attention of the media awaiting their response

At least our lads can come back to Blighty, bet they won’t mind at all

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posted on Mar, 16 2018 @ 06:28 AM
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a reply to: oldcarpy

Btw Carpy, had to deliver to the hospital today-held off for obvious reasons but they needed it

police men from wales are there to help out while our main team focus on whatever they are doing



posted on Mar, 16 2018 @ 06:52 AM
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just wonder what is taking them so long?


they must be waiting to see if the psyop will take ..... if there's propaganda blowback they don't need to do anything...



posted on Mar, 16 2018 @ 07:17 AM
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The failure of Russia to acknowledge its mistakes is in effect another mistake. And another provocation. Therefore the response to Russia expelling the diplomats should be for the UK, NATO, and Europe to hit Russia again with further punishment.

131 were potentially exposed to the nerve agent and all Russia is saying is "NO U".

Children who act inappropriately require punishment.
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posted on Mar, 16 2018 @ 07:21 AM
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a reply to: vinifalou

Another bulshiz russia narative.. they dont even have evidence. They just agree they think its russia. If they want to piss off russia then expect china to back russia.



posted on Mar, 16 2018 @ 07:26 AM
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a reply to: lSkrewloosel

The UK does have evidence.

And when the UK proceeded slowly and cautiously such as when Litvinenko was killed, all Russia did was stone-wall the investigation and deny, deny, deny. Despite the UK having actually traced the polonium back to a flight to Russia.

There are over a dozen cases where those living in the UK are suspected to have been assassinated by Russia. Like the case where a UK agent investigating money laundering from Russia to the UK was found locked inside a duffel bag, with the heater in the building turned up to speed decomposition.

When the Malaysian Airlines aircraft was shot down over Ukraine, Russia tried to blame it on Ukraine, claiming that a ground attack aircraft shot it down. Then they also tried to claim the aircraft had corpses in it (before it was shot down). The investigation found that Russia supplied the BUK to "rebels" (more like mercenaries or as I like to call them, cockroaches) who then shot down the aircraft killing hundreds.

Perhaps if Russia doesn't want false allegations to be made about it, it shouldn't engage in these tactics in the first place. It's like a twisted version of the boy who cried wolf, except with compulsive lying.

And why is China going to back up Russia when it is obvious Russia has exposed over 100 people to nerve gas? All they would be doing is sending the message that this behavior is okay, which could pave the way for future nerve gas attacks against China. This is not in the interests of China. What this is really about is Russia has geopolitical ambitions in Eastern Europe, countries which are often members of the EU and/or NATO. Russia also has lots of enemies who often live in London. And the Russian election is coming up. All this is far from Chinese influence and geopolitical ambitions.

China does however have a large amount of trade with the United States and Europe, yet shares a huge border with Russia. Therefore it's in the interest of China to stay neutral, which they have so far, whilst they try to work on their actual geopolitical ambitions.
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posted on Mar, 16 2018 @ 07:44 AM
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a reply to: lSkrewloosel

Why would China back Russia? They didn't back Russia when it came to their actions in Ukraine. While China may be more ideologically similar to Russia than the West, they rely on the West for their continued prosperity. Until they can become completely self-sufficient they don't want to do anything to jeopardize the money supply that allowed them to become a world power in the first place.



posted on Mar, 16 2018 @ 07:52 AM
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originally posted by: C0bzz
a reply to: lSkrewloosel

The UK does have evidence.



Says who?



posted on Mar, 16 2018 @ 07:56 AM
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such things only happens in the UK...that should ring alarmbells...
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posted on Mar, 16 2018 @ 07:58 AM
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131 were potentially exposed to the nerve agent


apparently none has shown any symptoms and most were first responders and healthcare workers being evaluated as a precaution for secondary exposure while treating Skripal ... evidently 46 of them were hypocondriacs...


Hospital has also assessed 46 people who came forward expressing health concerns but they were not admitted



posted on Mar, 16 2018 @ 08:04 AM
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"Russia very upset that decadent Western nation blame death of traitorous dog on innocent peoples of Motherland. We hate no one, including treasonous scum who spy on our proud nation. We never do anything harm this vile creature. Now excuse, I must go count my billions and win reelection by 112%." - V. Putin



posted on Mar, 16 2018 @ 08:11 AM
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a reply to: vinifalou

Says who?

A Russian nerve agent attacked enemies of Russia in a foreign nation, right before the election. Putin has also made threats to traitors before and Russia has killed traitors in the UK before.

I don't know the specific motive behind this but consider that just weeks ago, Putin showed a video of nuclear weapons raining down on Florida.

a reply to: ressiv

London is a finance capital, which means it is a place where funds can be siphoned from or to more easily than elsewhere, which makes it perfect for Russian oligarchs and their associated "mob". Sometimes this mob is indistinguishable from the FSB. Sometimes these oligarchs, such as Boris Berezovky, have powerful enemies (he wound up dead). The UK is also a former adversary to the Soviet Union and employed a huge amount of spies (sometimes double-agents) which means these are likely to live in the UK also.

In other words, people who Russia wants dead are highly likely to live in the UK.

The British police have also covered up past assassinations before without doing anything to prevent further assassinations, therefore the UK is a place where they can get away with it.

a reply to: Infoshill

Calling people who think they may have been exposed to a nerve gas, several times more powerful than VX, hypochondriacs is completely inappropriate. Most people in civilized countries do not simply drink alcohol to cover up their issues, they go to the doctor, or that's what they're supposed to do.
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posted on Mar, 16 2018 @ 08:20 AM
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a reply to: C0bzz

I know what happened...

Just wondering where's the proof the Russians did it. Because no one has seen any so far.



posted on Mar, 16 2018 @ 08:26 AM
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a reply to: vinifalou


That's simply because there is an ongoing Police investigation.



posted on Mar, 16 2018 @ 08:37 AM
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a reply to: oldcarpy

Why would an assassin use a contagious nerve agent to kill two people? Especially a nerve agent that is supposedly only made in Russia. This seems very much like a false flag with a flashing neon sign over it that reads “ Russia did it “




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posted on Mar, 16 2018 @ 08:39 AM
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a reply to: Woodcarver


Did you pay any attention to the Litvinenko case, at all?



posted on Mar, 16 2018 @ 08:40 AM
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a reply to: oldcarpy

And why does the U.S., France, and Germany are saying that the Russians did it as well?

Do you think that they have access to the investigation?



posted on Mar, 16 2018 @ 08:45 AM
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a reply to: vinifalou


They have obviously been briefed but who knows what they were actually told. They are all big boys and have been satisfied sufficiently to announce this, apparently.







 
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