The soviet-era nerve agent used in Russia’s stunning assassination plot against a former spy was reportedly pumped into the target’s car through the air conditioning vents; further signaling the attack was the work of sophisticated, Kremlin-backed agents.
According to the Fox News, the deadly toxin known as ‘Novichok’ was pumped into 66-year old former Russian spy Sergei Skripal’s BMW. Skripal and his daughter were found blocks away, slumped over on a park bench.
The use of a chemical agent on European soil -the first time since the Second World War- sparked a diplomatic fallout between the UK and Russia; with Prime Minister Theresa May expelling 23 Kremlin diplomats after Vladimir Putin refused to take responsibility for the deadly attack.
The UK’s armed forces and local police are stilling scrambling to secure the quiet English town where the incident occurred; warning locals to “remain indoors” as they struggle to determine if the agent still poses a health risk to neighboring residents.
The leaders of the US, UK, France, and Germany released a scathing statement regarding the plot last week, calling the attack an “assault on UK sovereignty.”
“This use of a military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russia, constitutes the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War,” said the letter. “It is an assault on UK sovereignty and any such use by a State party is a clear violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and a breach of international law. It threatens the security of us all.”
COLD WAR 2: Tensions RISE Between UK and RUSSIA Following POISON PLOT
Tensions between the United Kingdom and Russia reached a fever pitch Tuesday after Vladimir Putin flat-out refused to comply with British demands regarding an alleged murder plot; demanding the UK provide evidence after accusing the Kremlin of poisoning an alleged spy on British soil.
The Russian leader rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s 24 hour deadline that his government answer questions surrounding the recent poisoning of a former Russian spy residing in the United Kingdom.
British officials insist the deadly attack was the work of Kremlin-backed operatives working inside the UK.
“Moscow will not respond to London’s ultimatum until it receives samples of the chemical substance to which the UK investigators are referring,” said a statement from the Russian embassy.
“Britain must comply with the Chemical Weapons Convention which stipulates joint investigation into the incident, for which Moscow is ready,” it adds. “Without that, there can be no sense in any statements from London. The incident appears to be yet another crooked attempt by the UK authorities to discredit Russia.”
In a stunning response, Britain threatened to shutter Russian-owned television network RT from operating inside the UK; prompting Russia to say it will “ban” all British media from the country in retaliation.
h/t The Sun
COLD WAR HEATS UP: US Jet Destroys RUSSIAN TANK in Syria Showdown
A US fighter jet operating in Syrian airspace opened-fire on a Russian-made tank in an act of “self-defense” said the Pentagon Tuesday, signaling a further escalation of tensions in the region as the seven-year long civil war continues to engulf the country.
According to Business Insider, US officials confirmed the incident this week, saying the Air Force jet destroyed a Russian T-72 tank near Al Tabiyeh, Syria; killing three crew members.
The nationalities of the fatalities remains unclear.
“The tank had been maneuvering with coordinated indirect fire on a defensive position occupied by Syrian Democratic Forces and Coalition advisers,” said US Marine Corps Maj. Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway.
“The position was within effective range of the hostile weapons systems,” he added.
JUST IN: US jet destroys Russian T-72 battle tank in E Syria in 'self-defense' Saturday after 'pro-regime forces' fired on US special ops and allied Syrian fighters near same location of last week's attack, officials say. No US or allied casualties. 3 inside tank killed.
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Despite joint pledges to work together to destroy ISIS and other terror networks, Russia and the United States find themselves on opposite sides of the ongoing conflict; with US forces equipping Syrian rebels and Russian forces supporting the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
The escalation of violence comes as Israel and Iran face-off inside Syrian airspace, with Assad’s forces shooting down an Israeli F16 fighter jet using equipment supplied by Tehran.