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Britain accuses reckless Russia of breaking chemical arms ban

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Britain accused Russia on Wednesday, April 18, of breaking the two-decade international ban on chemical weapons, at emergency talks on last month's poisoning with a nerve agent of a former Russian spy. The accusations came as diplomats from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons met ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerApr 19th, 2018

Watchdog confirms UK findings on nerve agent used on Russian spy

  LONDON, United Kingdom – The world's chemical arms watchdog on Thursday, April 12 said it had confirmed Britain's findings on a nerve agent used in an attack on a former spy last month, which London said came from Russia. Samples tested by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 12th, 2018

Russia accuses US of breaking treaty over defense system sale to Japan

MOSCOW, Russia – Russia's deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov on Saturday, December 30, accused the United States of violating a key arms treaty by selling a missile defense system to Japan.  "The US is deploying them (missile defense systems) at their military bases in Romania and Poland, that is near our ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 30th, 2017

US breaking from arms treaty

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is poised to announce Friday that it is withdrawing from a nuclear arms control treaty with Russia. The American withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces, or INF, treaty, has been expected for months following years of unresolved dispute over Russian compliance with the pact forged during the Cold War. Russia […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2019

EU sanctions Russia military intel chief over Skripal

BRUSSELS, Belgium – The European Union slapped  sanctions on the two most senior officers in Russian military intelligence Monday, January 21, and identified the two agents accused by Britain of carrying out a chemical attack. Along with the measures against the 4 GRU officers, EU member states also imposed asset ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2019

West accuses Russia of global hacking conspiracy

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Western powers have accused Russia of orchestrating a string of global cyber attacks including a bungled plot to hack the world's chemical weapons watchdog in The Netherlands. The United States indicted seven alleged Russian members of the GRU military intelligence agency Thursday for targeting the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 5th, 2018

US hits Russia with sanctions over nerve agent attack in Britain

  Washington, United States -- The United States said Wednesday it was imposing new sanctions on Russia over Moscow's involvement in the use of a "lethal" nerve agent in the attempted killing of a former spy in Britain. The State Department said the sanctions were in response to "the use of a 'Novichok' nerve agent in an attempt to assassinate UK citizen Sergei Skripal" -- who was a double agent -- and his daughter Yulia in March. The action is aimed at punishing President Vladimir Putin's government for having "used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.   The new sa...Keep on reading: US hits Russia with sanctions over nerve agent attack in Britain.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

Moscow accuses UK of dirty political games over nerve agent

MOSCOW, Russia –  Moscow accused Britain on Thursday, July 5, of playing "dirty political games" after London demanded answers from Russia over the poisoning of a couple with what British police said was the same nerve agent used against a former Russian spy. Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova also said London would ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018

UN in security talks with Syria and Russia

BEIRUT -- UN security experts have said they were negotiating with Syrian and Russian authorities for international chemical inspectors to deploy to the site of an alleged toxic gas attack near Damascus, after a reconnaissance mission came under fire. The team from the world’s chemical arms watchdog has not yet….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018

Syria: from chemical attack to retaliatory strikes

LEBANON – The United States, France and Britain launched retaliatory strikes on the Syrian regime a week after an alleged chemical attack on an ex-rebel town, despite warnings from Russia. Here is a recap of a week of high-stakes international drama: 'Toxic gas' On April 7, the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) and Syria's White ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 14th, 2018

Britain accuses Russia of secretly stockpiling deadly nerve agent used in attack

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Sunday that Russia has been stockpiling the deadly nerve agent used to poison a Russian former double agent in England and has been investigating how such weapons can be used in assassinations. Source link link: Britain accuses Russia of secretly stockpiling deadly nerve agent used in attack.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMar 19th, 2018

U.S., France, Germany Join Britain Over Spy Poisoning Row

The spy poisoning row escalated on Thursday as the leaders of France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States issued a joint statement to blame Russia for a chemical attack on a former Russian spy, a charge denied by Moscow. “We, the leaders of France, Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom, abhor […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMar 18th, 2018

Russia ex-spy poisoning extremely worrying – Chemical weapons watchdog

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – The nerve agent poisoning of Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal in Britain was "extremely worrying", a global chemical weapons watchdog said Tuesday. "The recent report that two people became seriously ill in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as a result ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 13th, 2018

US warns of unilateral Syria moves if UN fails to act – Al Jazeera

The United States has warned it could take unilateral action if the United Nations fails to respond to a suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held town in Syria that killed more than 80 people, including many children. &'8220;When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action,&'8221; US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said on Wednesday. The warning came during an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council called by France and Britain after an early morning attack on Tuesday in Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province. Britain, France and the US presented a draft resolution demanding a full investigation of the attack, which they blamed on the Syrian government. But talks ended without a vote after Russia, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, said the text was &'8220;categorically unacceptable&'8221;. Syria has denied the allegations, while Russia had blamed the rebels, saying the deaths occurred when a government shell hit a rebel chemical weapons depot. Haley lashed out at Moscow for failing to rein in Damascus, standing in the council chamber to hold up photographs of victims &'' one showing a young child lying lifeless, a mask covering his face. &'8220;How many more children have to die before Russia cares?&'8221; she asked. &'8220;If Russia has the influence in Syria that it claims to have, we need to see them use it,&'8221; she said. &'8220;We need to see them put an end to these horrific acts.&'8221; The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said at least 86 people, including 30 children, were killed in the raid on Khan Sheikhoun. Dozens more were left gasping for air, convulsing, and foaming at the mouth, doctors said. If confirmed, it will be be the worst chemical weapons attack in Syria since 2013, when sarin gas was used on a rebel-held area of Damascus. &'8220;If we are not prepared to act, then this council will keep meeting, month after month to express outrage at the continuing use of chemical weapons and it will not end,&'8221; Haley said. &'8220;We will see more conflict in Syria. We will see more pictures that we can never unsee.&'8221; The draft resolution backs a probe by the Organisation of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and demands that Syria cooperate to provide information on its military operations on the day of the assault. Russia's Deputy Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov told the council the proposed measure was hastily prepared and unnecessary, but voiced support for an investigation. &'8220;The main task now is to have an objective inquiry into what happened,&'8221; he said. Negotiations continued on the proposed resolutions throughout most of Wednesday. Diplomats said it could come up for a vote at the council as early as Thursday. In a press conference at the White House later in the day, US President Donald Trump said the chemical attack had crossed &'8220;many, many lines&'8221; and had abruptly changed his thinking about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. &'160; Only days earlier multiple members of Trump's administration had said Assad's ouster was no longer a US priority, drawing outrage from Assad critics in the United States and abroad. But Trump said Tuesday's attack &'8220;had a big impact on me &'' big impact&'8221;. &'8220;My attitude towards Syria and Assad has changed very much,&'8221; he said, but refused to telegraph any potential US military retaliation. Since the attack, Trump has been under increasing pressure to explain whether it was egregious enough to force a US response. Robert Ford, former US ambassador to Syria, expressed scepticism that Trump would resort to military action. &'8220;As a presidential candidate he could not have been more clear that he wanted to avoid military involvement in the Syrian civil war,&'8221; he told Al Jazeera. &'8220;For him to order military strikes, even limited military strikes, in response to the chemical attack in Idlib, would be a gigantic change and not one that I'm at all sure that the administration is actually going to do.&'8221; Ford said all fingers point to the Syrian government as the culprit of the attack. &'8220;I find it laughable that governments such as Russia would suggest that rebels have a chemical weapons capacity but they always seem to use it on their own people and never on the Syrian army,&'8221; he added. Idlib hospitals overwhelmed after suspected gas attack Trump's first reaction to the attack was to blame former president Barack Obama's &'8220;weakness&'8221; in earlier years for enabling Assad. Obama had put Assad on notice that using chemical weapons would cross a &'8220;red line&'8221; necessitating a US response, but then failed to follow through, pulling back from planned air strikes on Assad's forces after Congress would not vote to approve them. Trump and other critics have cited that as a key moment the US lost much global credibility. &'8220;I now have responsibility,&'8221; Trump said. &'8220;That responsibility could be made a lot easier if it was handled years ago.&'8221; Joshua Landis, director for the Centre of Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, told Al Jazeera that the US would likely warn Moscow if it was to resort to using military might in Syria. &'8220;They have to disambiguate and they have to make sure that they don’t hurt any Russian soldiers,&'8221; he said. &'8220;But there’s a wide palette of things they can do. They can bomb airports and destroy the [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsApr 6th, 2017

Russia says deadly Syrian airstrike targeted chemical weapons factory – CNN News

Russia's defense ministry is blaming a Syrian airstrike on a &'8220;terrorist&'8221; ammunition depot for the deaths of dozens of people in what has been described as a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria's Idlib province. At least 70 people, including many children, died Tuesday after suffering symptoms of chemical poisoning, including foaming at the mouth and suffocation. According to a statement posted Wednesday on the Russian ministry's Facebook page, the strike hit &'8220;workshops, which produced chemical warfare munitions&'8221; in the eastern outskirts of the Khan Sheikhoun town. Activists said the Syrian regime dropped a chemical bomb and was responsible for the killings, leading the United Nations to replace a scheduled Security Council session for Wednesday morning with an emergency meeting. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's military denied using chemical weapons and blamed rebels for the carnage. Eyewitnesses said the attack's aftermath was nightmarish and unlike anything that they had previously seen. Feras al-Jundi, a physician who was an early responder in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib told CNN that, upon entering the hospital where many victims were taken, &'8220;there were many, many atrocious things to see.&'8221; He described seeing whole families who had died, corpses of those who had perished instantly in the attack, and also the dying breaths of those who the medical teams were unable to save. &'8220;I have never in my life seen anything like that,&'8221; he told CNN's Christiane Amanpour. &'8220;The view was heartbreaking. It makes you (cry) blood.&'8221; He added he didn't see anyone who looked like a combatant among the dead. As an EU-UN chaired conference on Syria's future got underway in Brussels, the United States, Great Britain and France circulated a resolution to be presented at an emergency session at the United Nations Security Council condemning a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria. If the resolution goes to a vote, it is likely to face a veto threat from Russia. The move is seen as forcing Moscow to be shamed by supporting the Assad regime even as it's again suspected of a chemical weapons attack. Arriving at the EU-brokered conference in Belgium, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said of the suspected gas attack in Syria that he has &'8220;seen absolutely nothing to lead us to think that it is anything but the regime.&'8221; France's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Jean-Marc Ayrault, will use the Brussels meeting to &'8220;reaffirm that the international community must remain mobilized in the face of the tragic situation in Syria after six years of war,&'8221; according to a statement from his ministry. At the conference, which runs from April 4 &'' 5, he will &'8220;underscore the urgent need to implement a political transition in Syria,&'8221; the statement says. But Feras, the doctor who witnessed the aftermath of the attack, says the mood on the ground in some parts of Syria is frustration that the international community is not holding the Syrian regime to account for its atrocities. &'8220;I feel frustrated, because of the international community and the UN that have not forced the regime to abide by the Security Council resolution but&' has been watching and doing nothing, which has allowed the regime to keep bombing the people with cluster bombs, scud missiles and now gas.&'8221; US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley condemned the attack but previously had said that Assad's ouster was not a priority for the Trump administration. &'8220;Do we think he's a hindrance? Yes. Are we going to sit there and focus on getting him out? No,&'8221; she said last week. The Syrian Coalition, an umbrella opposition group, referred to the suspected chemical attack as a &'8220;crime similar to that in Eastern Ghouta in 2013 that the international community allowed to pass without accountability or punishment.&'8221; That attack tested the resolve of then-President Barack Obama in the face of atrocities committed by the Assad regime. Referring to the 2013 attack, McCain told CNN: &'8220;We've seen this movie before, it was when Barack Obama said they would have a red line, they crossed it and he did nothing. Bashar Assad and his friends, the Russians, take note of what Americans say.&'8221; The Ghouta attack prompted Obama to ask Congress to authorize military action against Syria in 2013. Shortly after, Syria agreed to a Russian proposal to give up control of its chemical weapons, leading Obama to retreat from threats of military action. White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Tuesday that the attack is a &'8220;consequence of the past administration's weakness and irresolution.&'8221; Khaula Sawah, board member and former CEO of the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (OUSSM), another umbrella organization, said that her field team in Idlib had received reports of whole families discovered dead, and were expecting the body count to rise. She said that her field team had reported that, while nerve gas cannot be confirmed at this time, based on the symptoms of the patients, doctors believe that this is some form of organophosphate nerve agent. &'8220;The symptoms rapidly developed within minutes, including redness of eyes, foaming at the mouth, contracted pupils, severe dyspnoea (labored breathing) or shortness of breath and suffocation,&'8221; she told CNN. &'8220;The symptoms progressed so rapid that fatality occurred within 10 minutes. If there were no supportive care or ICU, people were dying.&'8221; She said that a decontamination point had been set up for victims before taking them to Turkey to receive [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsApr 5th, 2017

Russia accuses Syria rebels of using chemical weapons in Aleppo

Russia accuses Syria rebels of using chemical weapons in Aleppo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsNov 11th, 2016

Disarmament efforts must include China as well as U.S., Russia – Merkel

MUNICH, Germany – China must be involved in international disarmament efforts, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday, February 16, amid rising concern about Beijing's missile arsenal and the suspension of a key US-Russia arms treaty. "Disarmament is something that concerns us all and where we would of course be glad if ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2019

Record-breaking snowfall cloaks Moscow

MOSCOW, Russia -- Record snowfall covered Moscow on Wednesday, with streets and monuments blanketed in white and dozens of flights canceled at the city's main airport. Snow coated trees and power lines from morning, but melted into deep slush on pavements as temperatures rose above freezing in the afternoon. Some seven centimeters (2.8 inches) of snow fell overnight, according to the national meteorological service, with drifts reaching up to 45 centimeters (18 inches). Aeroflot airline said on its website that it had canceled more than 70 flights in and out of the city's Sheremetyevo airport. The Moscow meteorological service said the snowfall beat a record set in 1995 a...Keep on reading: Record-breaking snowfall cloaks Moscow.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2019

Britain and Bulgaria to probe report of new Skripal suspect

SOFIA, Bulgaria (UPDATED) – Britain and Bulgaria are investigating a possible third suspect in  the Salisbury chemical attack who has also been linked to a 2015 poisoning in Bulgaria, the British ambassador to Sofia said Monday, February 11. Emma Hopkins made the comments after talks with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and chief prosecutor ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2019

Amnesty accuses UAE of diverting arms to “militias” in Yemen

DUBAI — Amnesty International accused the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday of diverting arms supplied by Western and other states to “unaccountable militias accused of war crimes” in Yemen. The UAE and Saudi Arabia are leading a military coalition, including local forces drawn from various Yemeni factions, that is trying to restore the internationally recognized […] The post Amnesty accuses UAE of diverting arms to “militias” in Yemen appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2019

Russia to develop new missile systems in 2 years after treaty pullout

MOSCOW, Russia – Russia's defense minister Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday, February 5, said the country must develop new types of missile systems in the next two years after Washington and Moscow ripped up a key arms control treaty. The United States has repeatedly accused Russia of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2019