There are many ways that the UK can respond to the attempted murder of Russian double agent Skripal, says Boris. He added that the support for Britain abroad has been extremely encouraging. The British government has a range of tools it can use to strike back at Moscow after the Kremlin was linked with the attempted murder of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal.
PM Theresa May said Monday a “weapons grade nerve agent” developed by Russia had been used in the attack on Skripal and his daughter, who were found slumped on a bench last week in Salisbury.
Some of the options are: Economic sanctions. Asset and property seizures. A crackdown on money laundering.
The Russians love investing in the UK, particularly London. A Deutsche Bank analysis in 2015 of the UK’s balance of payments data suggested that since the mid-1970s much of this money (huge investment) has come from one country in particular. The bank’s report noted: “There is strong evidence that a good chunk of the UK’s £133bn of hidden capital inflows is related to Russia.
The effects of this massive cash injection from abroad can be seen in the capital’s booming property market. Prices in super prime parts of central London have soared due to the billions of pounds of investment pouring in from Hong Kong, Qatar and Russia.
Few of the multimillion-pound properties on Bishop’s Avenue near Hampstead Heath, guarded by private security firms and laden with CCTV cameras, boast British-born owners. Belgrave Square, in London’s exclusive SW1 postcode, is now known to locals as “Red Square”, because of the number of Russian oligarchs who now live there.
US Rex Tillerson, who spoke to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on the phone about the case on Monday, said the US supported the UK’s assessment that Russia was likely responsible.
He added: “We agree that those responsible – both those who committed the crime and those who ordered it – must face appropriately serious consequences.
“We stand in solidarity with our allies in the United Kingdom and will continue to coordinate closely our responses.”
He described it as a “really egregious act” and said he had become “extremely concerned” by Russia becoming “more aggressive”.
Mrs May also spoke to French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday and the two leaders “agreed that it would be important to continue to act in concert with allies” to address what it called “the wide pattern of aggressive Russian behaviour”, her spokesman said.
Tillerson has gone, to be replaced by Mike Pompeo, but President Trump said yesterday, he would stand by his closest ally, Britain, on this, although he hadn’t seen the evidence.
VIDEO: Boris Johnson gives the Russians until midnight to explain.
Boris said there is strong solidarity from Washington, France and Boris’s counterpart in Germany.
Boris described all the serious issues we have had with Russia over the past 5 years in Parliament last week.
BREAKING: President Trump has just fired Rex Tillerson but the Prez did say he still supported his closest ally, Britain regarding Russia. He accepts the version of the poisoning as explained by Mrs. May. Tillerson’s replacement, Mike Pompeo, is a hawk regarding the Russians. via CNN.
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