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Published: 2018-04-05 09:12:18 | Updated: 2018-04-05 09:12:18

Russia calls UN security council meeting over nerve agent attack

Russia's UN ambassador has requested the United Nations Security Council convene a special meeting for Thursday afternoon amid an ongoing diplomatic feud with the UK that began in an English country town and has spread to include London's allies around the world. A month after former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in the British town of Salisbury, the United Kingdom and Russia remain locked in battle over who to blame. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has said it was "highly likely" the attack was ordered by the Russian government, but the Kremlin has repeatedly denied the accusation. At one point, the Russians suggested the United Kingdom itself might have been involved in the poisoning. "In keeping with the principle, shared by us, that the use of chemical weapons by anyone and anywhere is inadmissible and must be investigated and punished ... (we) ask you to convene an open session of the UN Security Council," Russia's UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told a Security Council meeting on Wednesday, according to Russian state news agency TASS. Both Skripal and his daughter remain in hospital. Skripal is described as in a critical but stable condition according to Salisbury District hospital. UK experts believe the pair were poisoned with a Russian-made nerve agent, Novichok. The Times of London reported on Thursday that UK security services have pinpointed the location of the Russian laboratory which manufactured the nerve agent, citing unnamed sources. A meeting on Thursday would be the second time the Security Council has met to discuss the poisoning. In the previous meeting on March 15, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley blasted the Russian government for the attack and called for a firm international response. On Wednesday, speaking at a trilateral summit with Turkey and Iran, Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters he wanted to see "sound political processes based on international law." [i]Source: Agencies[/i]

Russia calls UN security council meeting over nerve agent attack

Russia's UN ambassador has requested the United Nations Security Council convene a special meeting for Thursday afternoon amid an ongoing diplomatic feud with the UK that began in an English country town and has spread to include London's allies around the world. A month after former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in the British town of Salisbury, the United Kingdom and Russia remain locked in battle over who to blame. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has said it was "highly likely" the attack was ordered by the Russian government, but the Kremlin has repeatedly denied the accusation. At one point, the Russians suggested the United Kingdom itself might have been involved in the poisoning. "In keeping with the principle, shared by us, that the use of chemical weapons by anyone and anywhere is inadmissible and must be investigated and punished ... (we) ask you to convene an open session of the UN Security Council," Russia's UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told a Security Council meeting on Wednesday, according to Russian state news agency TASS. Both Skripal and his daughter remain in hospital. Skripal is described as in a critical but stable condition according to Salisbury District hospital. UK experts believe the pair were poisoned with a Russian-made nerve agent, Novichok. The Times of London reported on Thursday that UK security services have pinpointed the location of the Russian laboratory which manufactured the nerve agent, citing unnamed sources. A meeting on Thursday would be the second time the Security Council has met to discuss the poisoning. In the previous meeting on March 15, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley blasted the Russian government for the attack and called for a firm international response. On Wednesday, speaking at a trilateral summit with Turkey and Iran, Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters he wanted to see "sound political processes based on international law." [i]Source: Agencies[/i]
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