Irrelevance or Irreverence? British FM calls for expansion of sanctions against Russia

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UK Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt will urge the European Union to expand sanctions against Russia over the Salisbury incident.

The British FM will speak at the US Peace Institute in Washington. According to excerpts from the speech, Hunt will criticize Russian foreign policy in the context of the Salisbury incident.

“Of course we should engage with Moscow, but we must also be frank: Russia’s foreign policy under President Putin made the world a more dangerous place,” says part of the speech.

“And today the UK is calling on its allies to move forward by asking the European Union to ensure that its sanctions against Russia are understood, and that we really stand side by side with the US. This means responding to transgressions with one voice. Whenever and wherever they occur, from the streets of Salisbury to the the Crimea,” he addsed.

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On March 4, Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a bench near a mall in Salisbury. The United Kingdom and its allies have accused Moscow of organizing the attack with the alleged use of Novichok’s nervous agent, despite not being able to provide a shred of evidence.

Russia refutes its involvement in the poisoning, pointing to the lack of evidence presented by London to substantiate the allegations.

Earlier in the mont, Russian ambassador to the United Kingdom, Aleksandr Yakovenko, said that “almost all evidence in the Salisbury case has been destroyed.”

Russia’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, Aleksandr Yakovenko, stressed that Russian investigators are ready to go to Britain to conduct a joint investigation into the alleged poisoning incident in the city of Salisbury.

According to Gary Aitkenhead, head of the British military research center at Porton Down, the specialists failed to identify the source of the nerve agent, however, the samples obtained were identified as a toxic substance resembling substance A-234 known as “Novichok”).

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