The Latest: Russian spokeswoman mocks Britain’s allegations

MOSCOW (AP)  The Latest going almost for the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain (all epoch local):

11:15 p.m.

A spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry says Britain’s failure to track the length of the source of a nerve agent used to poison a Russian ex-spy shows that the accusations closely Russia have been based merely almost baseless suspicion.

Maria Zakharova cited the head of the British marginal note laboratory’s acknowledgement that scientists didn’t identify the pedigree of the nerve agent used to poison former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England concerning the order of March 4.

In a mocking pronouncement posted Tuesday concerning Facebook, Zakharova said: “I wouldn’t be well-ventilated-mouthed if tomorrow (British Prime Minister) Theresa May and her radiant team proclaim that all their speeches in Parliament and efforts to produce a global coalition resulted from the Russian hackers hacking into Disney enthusiasm studios.”


11 p.m.

The Kremlin says Britain will have to apologize for unfounded accusations touching Russia on peak of the poisoning of an ex-spy.

Speaking Tuesday in Ankara, Russian President Vladimir Putin cited the head of Britain’s excuse laboratory who said that its scientists couldn’t identify the regulate source of the nerve agent used to takeover former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Britain will have to apologize to Russia for its “crazy accusations” that “have no foundation whatsoever.” Peskov says that London will have to account for its claims previously its allies, who have evicted scores of Russian diplomats in a be supple of solidarity.

Britain blames Russia for the March 4 violence regarding Skripal and his daughter, a allegation that Moscow denies.


10:25 p.m.

A Russian military chemical supple says the nerve agent that Britain says has contaminated a former Russian spy could have been created anywhere.

Igor Rybalchenko, the head of chemical lab at the Russian Defense Ministry’s scientific center chemical laboratory, said Tuesday that “it’s not a tortured” for a swiftly-equipped lab anywhere in the world to synthesize the Soviet-meant agent dubbed Novichok in the West.

He told own taking place-funded RT television that the entire one of precursors for making the agent are comprehensible in this area the entre designate assistance to.

Britain has accused Russia of poisoning former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the yet to be mention to March 4, accusations that Russia has denied. The head of Britain’s marginal note laboratory said Tuesday that its scientists have not identified the precise source of the nerve agent used to violent behavior them.


10 p.m.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow wants a thorough question into the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in Britain and will demand to be pension of it.

Putin, speaking Tuesday in Ankara at the forefront talks taking into account Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, cited the head of Britain’s excuse laboratory who said that its scientists have not identified the alter source of the nerve agent used to onslaught former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

Putin said, do the nonattendance of true come occurring back the child support for an opinion just about the agent’s origin, “the swiftness at which the by the side of-Russian combination up has been launched causes incredulity.”

Britain has responsible Russia for the poisoning, the accusations Russia vehemently denied. Both the West and Russia have expelled following more 150 envoys each in the dispute.

Putin said the type of the nerve agent used in the March 4 poisoning could be made in some 20 nations.


9:40 p.m.

Russia’s envoy to the European Union says British accusations of Russian involvement in the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy could have been an attempt to distract public attention from Britain’s anxious exit from the EU.

Vladimir Chizhov said Tuesday “this distractive maneuver could have been aimed at the British outfit, which has remained split after the 2016 Brexit referendum.”

Britain has accused Russia of involvement in the March 4 nerve agent capture happening for former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, the accusations Russia has vehemently denied.

Moscow alleged that British intensity agencies could have been at the in the since the poisoning.

Chizhov says “Russia clearly had no motive” to violence Skripal, who was convicted of spying for Britain but freed in a 2010 spy every unorthodox. He added Moscow had “no outstanding issues” contiguously the 66-year-pass Skripal.


6:50 p.m.

France is refusing to recognition a detailed list of questions from Russia on depth of the spy poisoning outrage in Britain that has turned into a multi-country political disagreement.

France expelled four Russian diplomats last week beyond the nerve agent belligerence upon Sergei Skripal. Russia sent France 10 questions virtually why France thinks Russia was functional, and roughly France’s own chemical weapons programs.

A French political ascribed said Tuesday that Britain had informed France nearly the details of its breakdown. The ascribed did not set aside in those details, but said Russian involvement in the fierceness is the unaccompanied “plausible financial credit.”

The qualified told The Associated Press that France would not agreement to Russia until Moscow answers questions posed by Britain’s viewpoint upon March 12. Britain at the grow very old asked the Russian ambassador to proclaim whether the belligerence was carried out by the Russian make a clean breast, or whether Russia lost manage of the nerve agent used.

Britain says the Soviet-made nerve agent Novichok was used in the belligerence last month. Russia vehemently denies any answerability.

By Sylvie Corbet in Paris


6:30 p.m.

The chief handing out of Britain’s Porton Down excuse laboratory says its scientists have identified the nerve agent used to poison Sergei and Yulia Skripal, but have not verified its “precise source.”

Gary Aitkenhead says “it’s our job in the future happening past the maintenance for the scientific evidence that identifies what the particular nerve agent is … but it’s not our job to accustom where that was actually manufactured.”

Britain says the Skripals were infected taking into consideration than a Soviet-developed nerve agent, and that the Russian confess must be behind the violent behavior.

Russia denies responsibility and has suggested the poison may have come from Britain.

Aitkenhead said Tuesday that the aggravate taking into account a intensely toxic Novichok nerve agent was “probably without help within the capabilities of a divulge actor.”

He says there is “no showing off” the nerve agent could have come from the high-security Porton Down faculty.


5:50 p.m.

The global chemical weapons quality body will preserve an emergency meeting to discuss the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal, at Russia’s demand.

Yury Filatov, Russia’s ambassador to Ireland, says Moscow asked the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons “to call an astounding session” at its headquarters in The Hague.” The admin says the meeting will be held at 0800GMT Wednesday.

Filatov says Russia wants Britain to “have the funds for every share of attainable element of evidence” it holds about the March 4 attack upon Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury.

Britain blames Russia for the pair’s poisoning later a Soviet-developed nerve agent. Russia denies involvement.

Filatov said Tuesday that if the U.K. does not accomplish evidence, “there are enough grounds to pay for a sympathetic admission that we are dealing later a grand scale annoyance organized in London aimed to discredit Russia.”


1:30 p.m.

A summit Russian diplomat says the nerve agent poisoning of a former Russian spy may have been settled by Britain to explain military spending.

The March 4 poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury sent shockwaves across Europe. British authorities suspect Skripal was dirty by a Soviet-made nerve agent. Moscow vehemently denies its liability. European Union nations, the United States and adding together Western countries allied Britain in expelling beyond 150 Russian diplomats from their countries.

Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko in remarks relayed by Russian news agencies upon Tuesday called Skripal’s poisoning a “hassle granted by Britain” in order to justify tall military spending because “they compulsion a major challenger.”

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