Contents tagged with Skripal

  • US prepares new sanctions against Russia because of Skripal poisoning

    The US is starting the procedure of imposing a second round of sanctions on Russia for using chemical weapons, US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert announced on Tuesday.

    November 6 was the deadline given to the Russian government to give international inspectors access to chemical facilities and to provide guarantees that the chemical weaponry would not be used again.

    “Today, the department informed Congress we could not certify that the Russian Federation meets the conditions …

  • Putin closes research site where Novichok nerve agent was developed

    Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to close the research site of Shihany in Russian Saratov region, news.rambler.ru news outlet reports. The corresponding decree was published on the Russian government’s website of legal information.

    According to the decree, the site will cease to exist after January 1, 2019. The Cabinet of Ministers of Russia and the Government of the Saratov region are responsible for closing the site.

    According to the British newspaper the Times, the nerve agent …

  • Sweden allows government officials to attend the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after the national team made the playoffs

    The Government of Sweden expressed its refusal to boycott the football World Cup held in Russia after the success of its national football team, reports the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

    "After the national team made the playoff of the tournament from first place in a group, the Swedish Cabinet of Ministers considered it important to support their soccer players. The cabinet members will be present at team games at the FIFA World Cup,” stated the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden Margot …

  • Putin says he is very happy Skripal is recovering

    Russian President Vladimir Putin wished good health to Sergei Skripal, who has been discharged from the hospital, but believes that if a poisonous substance had been used against his person, Skripal would have died on the spot.

     “I think that if, as our British colleagues claim, a weapons-grade poison had been used, that person would be dead on the spot. Combat chemicals are so strong that the person either dies immediately or within seconds, maybe minutes," Putin said at a press conference …

  • Media: in the past several Western countries explored Novichok nerve agent

    Nerve agent Novichok, which was used to poison former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia, was explored in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and at least one more western country, reports the German newspaper Der Spiegel.

    The publication emphasizes that these countries could have studied Novichok only to develop an antidote for it.

    In 2006, the U.S. Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) assured the Allies that his …