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US – Russia is Responsible

(WEBPUBLICAPRESS) UNITED NATIONS – NEW YORK — In a very strong and non ambiguous statement US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the United States “stands in absolute solidarity with Great Britain” when it comes to the chemical attack on two people in the United Kingdom using a military-grade nerve agent. Halley stated Washington also believe — Moscow is behind this attack, and that Russia is to be blame for it.

Nikki Halley US UN ambassador speaks at the UN Security Council on March 14 - 2018 on Russian apparent chemical attack on two people in UK (UN photo - US Mission)

Nikki Halley US UN ambassador speaks at the UN Security Council on March 14 – 2018 on Russian apparent chemical attack on two people in UK (UN photo – US Mission)

“The Russians complained recently that we criticize them too much. If the Russian government stopped using chemical weapons to assassinate its enemies; and if the Russian government stopped helping its Syrian ally to use chemical weapons to kill Syrian children; and if Russia cooperated with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons by turning over all information related to this nerve agent, we would stop talking about them. We take no pleasure in having to constantly criticize Russia, but we need Russia to stop giving us so many reasons to do so,” Haley said, according to the Webpublicapress report from the UN in New York.

Former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia are in critical condition in the hospital after being poisoned in Salisbury with what British authorities have identified as the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok, DW (Deutsche Welle) reported quoting other news agencies

“This is a defining moment. Time and time again, Member States say they oppose the use of chemical weapons under any circumstance. Now, one member stands accused of using chemical weapons on the sovereign soil of another member. The credibility of this Council will not survive if we fail to hold Russia accountable,” US ambassador told UN Security Council at the briefing on chemical weapons use by Russia in the United Kingdom.

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US President Donald Trump had pledged support to Britain and urged Russia to cooperate, but he did not suggest Russian culpability in the attempted murders.

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Russia’s ambassador to the UN reiterated Moscow’s denial of any involvement in the attack. “Russia had nothing to do with this incident,” Vassily Nebenzia said. “We have nothing to fear, nothing to hide.”

Nebenzia said British Prime Minister Theresa May was creating a “hysterical atmosphere” when she said it was “highly likely” Russia was behind the attack and demanded information from Moscow about how a Cold War nerve agent was used in England.

“We do not speak the language of ultimatums,” Nebenzia said. He called on Britain to hand over samples of the nerve agent for analysis, and provide “material proof” of “the allegedly found Russian trace.”

‘No alternative conclusion’

During Wednesday’s emergency meeting, Haley called on the UN to hold permanent council member Russia accountable.

“It must account for its actions,” she said. “If we don’t take immediate, concrete measures to address this now, Salisbury will not be the last place we see chemical weapons used.”

Read moreRussian press slams UK , West in nerve agent attack coverage

British Deputy Ambassador Jonathan Allen appealed to Security Council members for support.

He said there was “no alternative conclusion than that the Russian state was responsible for the attempted murder of Mr. Skripal and his daughter.”

He added that Russia was in breach of the chemical weapons convention for not declaring the Novichok program. “This was a reckless and indiscriminate act that put at risk the lives of civilians.”

British Prime Minister Theresa May said this week it was “highly likely” Moscow was behind the attack. On Wednesday, May announced that the UK would expel 23 Russian diplomats after a Tuesday deadline for Moscow to provide an explanation was ignored.

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