The UK Foreign Office denies claiming the nerve agent used in the Salisbury poisoning of the Skripals came directly from Russia. Despite admitting it sent a tweet saying exactly that, and Boris Johnson making the same claim. The UK Foreign Office has admitted it deleted the tweet which directly stated that the nerve agent, identified by the UK as A-234 – also known as Novichok- used in the Salisbury poisoning of the Skripals, came direct from Russia. This week British government scientists admitted they couldn’t tell where the poison came from, undermining a number of claims to come out of the Foreign Office. READ MORE: Porton Down scientists CANNOT confirm nerve agent used on Skripals was made in Russia London has directly accused the Kremlin on at least three occasions of being behind the chemical attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. Bizarrely, the Foreign Office denies Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson … [Read more...] about UK Foreign Office denies claiming nerve agent from Russia, despite tweet and Boris Johnson interview
Throughout the scandal over the Russian ex-spy's poisoning, the British government, Prime Minister May and Foreign Secretary Johnson confidently claimed that the military-grade nerve agent used in the attack was Russian-made, convincing much of the public and London's allies that this was indeed the case. Now that Porton Down experts have established that they can't actually pinpoint the poison's origins, the Russian Embassy in London made certain to remind London how absurd it was that the experts London used to try to blame Moscow were actually saying something very different. Why would @foreignoffice delete this tweet from 22 March? pic.twitter.com/Nvu1BfJw9J — Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) 4 апреля 2018 г. The Foreign Office admitted to Sputnik that they deleted the errant tweet, claiming it "did not accurately report" the March 22 remarks of UK Ambassador Laurie … [Read more...] about Russian Embassy’s Eagle Eye Gets UK Foreign Office in Trouble Over Deleted Tweet
Boris Johnson was facing embarrassing questions on Wednesday over his claims that Russia had produced the Salisbury nerve agent after it emerged that the Foreign Office had deleted a tweet blaming Moscow for the attack. The foreign secretary is already under pressure over his remarks two weeks ago that a Porton Down scientist had been “absolutely categorical” that the novichok had originated in the country. British scientists at the UK’s defence research laboratory announced on Tuesday that they had not established that the nerve agent used to poison Serghei and Yulia Skripal was made in Russia. After Porton Down said it had “not identified the precise source” of the poison, the foreign office issued a swift rebuttal saying the prime minister had always been clear that the assessment was “only one part” of the intelligence picture. The announcement prompted claims from the Kremlin that Britain was lying about the origins of the novichok and … [Read more...] about Skripal poisoning: deleted Foreign Office tweet leads to awkward questions
The Foreign Office has said it is considering Russia’s request for consular access to Yulia Skripal as a fresh row develops over why British authorities searched a Russian aircraft travelling from Moscow to London on Friday. Russia’s transport ministry said it would demand an official explanation from the UK government for why a Russian Aeroflot passenger plane was searched by authorities at Heathrow on Friday, and threatened “similar actions” against British Airways planes in Russia. The news comes as the FCO considers Russia’s request for consular access to Yulia Skripal, the daughter of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, who is no longer in a critical condition after she was poisoned with a nerve agent along with her father in Salisbury earlier this month. In a statement late on Friday, the Russian embassy in London described the search of Aeroflot flights 2582 and 2583 as “another blatant provocation” by UK authorities. It added that it … [Read more...] about Foreign Office considers Russian consular access to Yulia Skripal
PUBLISHED: 11:06 28 March 2018 Fraser Whieldon A Foreign Office minister made a grand claim about Harpenden in the House of Commons yesterday. Mark Field said: “Harpenden is indeed the most middle-class, and probably Tory-voting, town in the whole UK.” This followed a question from the town’s MP Bim Afolami about the UK’s future relationship with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) after Brexit. Mr Field, the minister for Asia and the Pacific, replied: “Never let it be said that my Honourable Friend does not have his finger on the pulse of his constituents. I am sure they talk of little other than the OECD in the Stockbrokers Arms in Harpenden.” He assured Mr Afolami, who himself used to work for HSBC, that the UK should expect a renewed commitment from the OECD to open markets. But the minister was warned by the Labour MP for Hove Peter Kyle: “Hove is also middle class — it used to vote Tory, too.” … [Read more...] about What do you think about what a Foreign Office minister said about Harpenden?