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'One should not threaten a NUCLEAR POWER' Russia in chilling warning to UK over spy row

RUSSIA has issued a chilling warning to the UK that it should not threaten a nuclear armed country.

The shock threat was issued today on state TV by foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.

It comes after the Prime Minister said it was “highly likely” the ex-MI6 double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were attacked with a Russian-produced toxin called Novichok. 

Russia’s embassy in London said today it was seriously concerned about reports that Britain could launch a cyber attack against Russia and urged the UK to carefully weigh the consequences of such action.

“Not only is Russia groundlessly and provocatively accused of the Salisbury incident, but apparently, plans are being developed in the UK to strike Russia with cyber weapons,” the Russian embassy in London said.

“Statements by a number of MPs, ‘Whitehall sources’ and ‘experts’ regarding a possible ‘deployment’ of ‘offensive cyber-capabilities’ cause serious concern,” it added.

“We invite the British side to once again consider the consequences of such a reckless move.”

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the British government had refused to provide materials used in the incident so the Kremlin could test them as he brushed off Theresa May’s strong words in the Commons yesterday.

The PM revealed the chemical weapon used was designed by Russian scientists in the 1980s to kill thousands on the battlefield.

Stunned MPs shouted “shame” in the chamber as she said its “indiscriminate” use in targeting the former Russian spy “put the lives of innocent civilians at risk”.


WARNING: Russia has told the UK not to mess with a nuclear power

Her comments came as the White House described the scandal as an “outrage” and vowed to stick by Britain.

But when asked directly by BBC reporter Steve Rosenberg if Russia was behind the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, President Vladimir Putin was pictured smirking.

He replied "We are dealing with agriculture here, as you see, to create conditions for people's lives.

"And you talk to me about some tragedies.

"First, get to the bottom of it there and then we'll discuss this."


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If Putin’s ambassador fails to explain what happened to its lethal nerve agent stock before midnight tonight, Mrs May said she will declare it “an unlawful use of force” by Russia against the UK.

But responding to the comments this morning, Mr Lavrov says his country has no connection to the incident.

And in strong words he said London would be "better off" complying with its international obligations "before putting forward ultimatums."

Speaking this morning he said: “As soon as the rumours came up that the poisoning of Skripal involved a Russia-produced agent, which almost the entire English leadership has been fanning up, we sent an official request for access to this compound so that our experts could test it in accordance with the Chemical Weapons Convention.”


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Mr Lavrov said so far the request has been ignored by Britain, and they would not be replying unless it did, adding that the Chemical Weapons Convention gives the country that produces the banned substance 10 days to respond.

And Russia's Foreign Ministry has retaliated by summoning the British Ambassador in Moscow Laurie Bristol to answer their questions. 

Yesterday Maria Zakharova responded to Mrs May’s statement by saying: "It is a circus show in the British Parliament."

"The conclusion is obvious, it's another political information campaign, based on a provocation."


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The chilling warning comes just one day after the Russian military said it has conducted a successful test of a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile capable of sneaking through enemy defenses.

A video posted by the Defense Ministry Sunday showed a MiG-31 fighter jet launching a Kinzhal (Dagger) missile during a training flight.