Russian social media mocks the United Kingdom in wake of nerve-agent attack

Sergei Skripal, 66, (left) and his daughter Yulia, 33, remain critically ill in hospital after they were attacked with a nerve agent. The tensions threaten to overshadow Putins expected re-election Sunday for another six-year term.

He told radio station Echo of Moscowthat British Prime Minister Theresa May should have done more and targeted rich Russians living in Britain.

The Prime Minister also welcomed the support of Germany, France and the USA, which support her decision to expel the Russian diplomats.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Wednesday that Washington believed Moscow was responsible for the attack, adding it was a crime worthy of UN Security Council action.

He added: "It's something that should never, ever happen". We call on Russian Federation to live up to its responsibilities as a member of the UN Security Council to uphold worldwide peace and security.

After blowing a UK-imposed deadline to answer for the attack, which United Kingdom experts assess used a Russian-made chemical weapon, a Russian foreign ministry spokesman warned the United Kingdom not to threaten nuclear powers.

Moscow has rejected Britain's demands that it provide answers as to how a Soviet-designed nerve agent ended up in Britain.

Moscow has denied any responsibility for the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, an ex-commander of the British Army's chemical, biological, radiation and nuclear regiment, said Novichok was only ever manufactured at one site, a military laboratory at Shikhany in central Russian Federation.

Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, former commander of the British Army's chemical and biological weapons regiment, called that Russian claim "complete hogwash". He said it was "very unlikely" the Novichok used in Salisbury could have been lost or stolen in the years after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Sergei Skripal was a double agent for the UK's intelligence services who was arrested by Russian Federation in 2004.

"The administration is confronting and countering malign Russian cyber activity, including their attempted interference in U.S. elections, destructive cyber-attacks, and intrusions targeting critical infrastructure", Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in a statement on Thursday.

Vil Mirzayanov, who now lives in New Jersey, is quoted in Novaya Gazeta as saying the use of Novichok in Britain was a "shock".

"Russia should shut up and go away", Williamson said.

All planned talks with Russian officials, including a visit from the foreign minister, have been cancelled and the PM has announced new laws to help Britain defend itself from all forms of hostile Russian activity.

In a demonstration of the West's unity, Mrs May and Mr Trump, along with Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Emmanuel Macron, issued a joint statement endorsing the Prime Minister's conclusion that it was "highly likely" Russian Federation was behind the attack on the Skripals.

  • Leroy Wright