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A copy of the Magna Carta Libertatum of 1215 is housed at the Salisbury Cathedral: “promised the protection of church rights, protection for the barons from illegal imprisonment, access to swift justice, and limitations on feudal payments to the Crown, to be implemented through a council of 25 barons.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magna_Carta Symbolism?

On 12 March 2018 at 5.06 pm, UK Prime Minister May announced before Parliament:
This morning, I chaired a meeting of the National Security Council in which we considered the information available so far…. It is now clear that Mr Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia. It is part of a group of nerve agents known as Novichok…. There are, therefore, only two plausible explanations for what happened in Salisbury on 4 March: either this was a direct act by the Russian state against our country; or the Russian Government lost control of their potentially catastrophically damaging nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others.

This afternoon, my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has summoned the Russian ambassador to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and asked him to explain which of the two possibilities it is and to account for how this Russian-produced nerve agent could have been deployed in Salisbury against Mr Skripal and his daughter. My right hon. Friend has stated to the ambassador that the Russian Federation must immediately provide full and complete disclosure of the Novichok programme to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, and he has requested the Russian Government’s response by the end of tomorrow.” (OPL: Hansard volume 637)

That very night, “Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 22:46 hrs on Monday, 12 March to reports of a man found deceased at a residential address in Clarence Avenue, New Malden…, reported the London Met Police.

As reported by the Guardian: “A Russian exile who was close friends with the late oligarch Boris Berezovsky has been found dead in his London home… Nikolai Glushkov, 68, was discovered by his family and friends late on Monday night. The cause of death is not yet clear….” “Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov found dead at his London home“, Tue 13 Mar 2018 14.51 EDT, https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/13/russian-exile-nikolai-glushkov-found-dead-at-his-london-home

As reported by RFE/RL:
Police Investigating Death Of Russian Businessman In London
Last Updated: March 13, 2018 20:49 GMT, RFE/RL
A lawyer says a Russian businessman who associated with a prominent critic of the Kremlin has died in London.

Andrei Borovkov told Russian media outlets on March 13 that his client, Nikolai Glushkov, has died, but said he was unaware of the time and circumstances.

Reports in British and Russian media say Glushkov, who was 68, was found dead at his home in southwest London.

London’s Metropolitan Police force said in a statement on March 13 that officers were investigating the “unexplained” death of a man found at a house in the New Malden area late March 12. It did not identify him by name.

Glushkov was friends with Boris Berezovsky, a Russian oligarch who died at his home in Berkshire, England, in 2013. An inquest failed to establish if he had committed suicide or died from foul play.

In an interview with RFE/RL’s Russian Service in 2013, he said he did not believe that Berezovsky had committed suicide…..” Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Read the rest of the article here: https://www.rferl.org/a/british-police-investigating-death-russian-london/29096979.html The interview: https://www.svoboda.org/a/24948103.html

According to London’s Met Police, “Unexplained death of man in New Malden“, Mar 13, 2018 16:13 GMT: “An investigation is underway following the death of a man in his 60s in Kingston borough. Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 22:46 hrs on Monday, 12 March to reports of a man found deceased at a residential address in Clarence Avenue, New Malden… A post-mortem examination will be held in due course. The death is currently being treated as an unexplained. If there is a change in the status of the investigation, an update will be provided. At this stage the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command is leading the investigation as a precaution because of associations that the man is believed to have had. There is no evidence to suggest a link to the incident in Salisbury.http://news.met.police.uk/news/unexplained-death-of-man-in-new-malden-298365

Westminster today LIVE: Theresa May to make statement on Russia as deadline passes on Kremlin response LIVE BLOG Follow all the latest updates from Westminster“, Ashley Cowburn Political Correspondent, @ashcowburn, Wednesday 14 March 2018 08:43 GMT, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/westminster-today-live-updates-theresa-may-russia-spy-nerve-agent-pmqs-rt-brexit-corbyn-a8254931.html

Russian spy attack: Theresa May plans for ‘economic war’ with Vladimir Putin and his allies Exclusive: Sources told The Independent the Russian President could not be allowed to get away with ‘gangsterism’“, by Joe Watts Political Editor, Tuesday 13 March 2018 22:43 GMT
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/russian-vladimir-putin-theresa-may-economic-war-sanctions-salisbury-nerve-agent-a8254626.html

On 12 March 2018 at 5.06 pm, UK Prime Minister May spoke before Parliament.
Slightly longer excerpt: “This morning, I chaired a meeting of the National Security Council in which we considered the information available so far. As is normal, the council was updated on the assessment and intelligence picture, as well as on the state of the investigation. It is now clear that Mr Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia. It is part of a group of nerve agents known as Novichok.

Based on the positive identification of this chemical agent by world-leading experts at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down, our knowledge that Russia has previously produced this agent and would still be capable of doing so, Russia’s record of conducting state-sponsored assassinations and our assessmentthat Russia views some defectors as legitimate targets for assassinations, the Government have concluded that it is highly likely that Russia was responsible for the act against Sergei and Yulia Skripal. There are, therefore, only two plausible explanations for what happened in Salisbury on 4 March: either this was a direct act by the Russian state against our country; or the Russian Government lost control of their potentially catastrophically damaging nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others.

This afternoon, my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has summoned the Russian ambassador to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and asked him to explain which of the two possibilities it is and to account for how this Russian-produced nerve agent could have been deployed in Salisbury against Mr Skripal and his daughter. My right hon. Friend has stated to the ambassador that the Russian Federation must immediately provide full and complete disclosure of the Novichok programme to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, and he has requested the Russian Government’s response by the end of tomorrow.

This action has happened against a backdrop of a well-established pattern of Russian state aggression. Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea was the first time since the second world war that one sovereign nation has forcibly taken territory from another in Europe. Russia has fomented conflict in the Donbass, repeatedly violated the national airspace of several European countries and mounted a sustained campaign of cyber-espionage and disruption, which has included meddling in elections and hacking the Danish Ministry of Defence and the Bundestag, among many others.

During his recent state of the union address, President Putin showed video graphics of missile launches, flight trajectories and explosions, including the modelling of attacks on the United States with a series of warheads impacting in Florida. The extra-judicial killing of terrorists and dissidents outside Russia was given legal sanction by the Russian Parliament in 2006, and, of course, Russia used radiological substances in its barbaric assault on Mr Litvinenko. We saw promises to assist the investigation then, but they resulted in denial and obfuscation and the stifling of due process and the rule of law.” OGL-OPL: Parliamentary Copyright, Hansard volume 637: https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2018-03-12/debates/722E1DF5-68E2-41A0-8F3C-23B6480B93BF/SalisburyIncident#contribution-D00101AE-4E38-4553-8F58-420EB223DA2C


Britain and Russia brace for showdown as deadline expires for nerve attack explanation Posted:Wed, 14 Mar 2018 03:48:52 -0400
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain braced for a showdown with Russia on Wednesday after a midnight deadline set by Prime Minister Theresa May expired without an explanation from Moscow about how a Soviet-era nerve toxin was used to strike down a former Russian double agent.
http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/pxszob1GnWw/britain-and-russia-brace-for-showdown-as-deadline-expires-for-nerve-attack-explanation-idUSKCN1GQ03R

May gave Moscow a deadline of midnight March 13 to explain how the rare nerve agent made its way to England. She said she is reviewing a range of economic and diplomatic measures in retaliation for the assault. May is due to host a meeting of her national security council early on March 14,” reports RFE/RL. Read the article here: “Showdown Looms Over Poisoned Spy As Russia Fails To Respond To U.K. Deadline” March 14, 2018 05:37 GMT, RFE/RL https://www.rferl.org/a/showdown-looms-russia-fails-respond-british-deadline-skripal-nerve-gas-novichok-poisoning-case-may-trump-nato/29097843.html

In related news: “Trump Stops Short of Blaming Russia Over Former Spy Poisoning” Last Updated: March 13, 2018 3:32 PM, by Henry Ridgwell 
https://www.voanews.com/a/trump-stops-short-of-blaming-russia-over-poisoning-of-former-russian-spy/4296728.html

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