Putin: Skripals would not have survived ‘military grade’ nerve agent

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Putin: Skripals would not have survived ‘military grade’ nerve agent

Written by Frank Sellers; Originally appeared at The Duran

Upon learning of Sergei Skripal’s discharge from the hospital, Putin was happy to hear of his recovery. Although, he reiterated that he was doubtful that their malady was caused by poisoning of a military grade nerve agent. About a month ago, Yulia Skripal had recovered and was released from hospital care, meaning that both of the victims are presently doing well.

RT reports:

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he was happy to hear that former double agent Sergei Skripal had been discharged from hospital, stressing that if a weapons-grade poison had been used, Skripal would have died on the spot.

Speaking at a joint press conference with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Putin said he had heard Skripal had been released from hospital.

“God give him health, we are very happy,” the Russian president said. He added, however, that he doubts a weapons-grade toxin was used to poison Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, UK, in early March.

“I think that if, as our British colleagues claim, a weapons-grade poison had been used, that person would be dead on the spot. Combat chemicals are so strong that the person either dies immediately or within seconds, maybe minutes,” Putin said.

He also reiterated Russia’s willingness to help the investigation. “We have offered our British partners all the necessary help numerous times, and asked for access to the investigation. There has been no answer so far. Our offer remains on the table,” the Russian leader concluded.

Sergei Skripal, a former Russian-UK double agent who had served a prison term for treason in Russia before moving to the UK, was poisoned in Salisbury on March 4, together with his daughter Yulia. In the immediate aftermath, British Prime Minister Theresa May claimed Russia was “highly likely” responsible because of the alleged origins of the nerve agent supposedly used in the poisoning. The case escalated into a diplomatic scandal, with the UK and its allies expelling dozens of Russian diplomats, and Moscow sending home a similar number in a mirror response.

The British NHS announced on Friday that Sergei Skripal had been discharged from hospital. No details of his condition or location have been revealed. Weeks earlier, Skripal’s daughter Yulia was released in similar secrecy. Neither has been seen since, and their only communication with the outside world has been a statement released by the Metropolitan Police, supposedly on Yulia’s behalf, which among other things refused the help which had been offered by the Russian embassy in London.

‘They can refuse our help, but we must be sure they’re OK’
The Skripals are free to turn down the embassy’s aid, but they should do so in person, Russian Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko told a press conference on Friday.

“For today, nobody saw their pictures, nobody heard their voice, nobody saw whether they’re alive or not… we should be sure that the person is alive, he is alright or she is alright, and [if they] say, for example, ‘I don’t need your services,’ it’s fine with us,” he said.

Asked by a reporter, Yakovenko said Russia does not consider Skripal a traitor as his sentence had been served.

“He was sentenced, he spent six years in prison, he is cleared, he was freed and he decided to go to Britain. He is a free man, he is a Russian citizen as well as a British citizen, and he can do whatever he wishes. I think he settled his problems with the Russian state.”

The ambassador himself only heard of Skripal after the Salisbury incident, he told another reporter.

“I had never heard of him and we never met him – no relations, no nothing. So when it happened in Salisbury, we started to read about who the person is, what he did in Russia, what he did here… basically, for us he was a new person, and now we know almost everything from the British press, except the evidence,” Yakovenko said.

Sergei Skripal and his daughter are recovering and “improving rapidly” after their exposure to the deadly chemical nerve agent Novichok, in what appears to be “a miracle”.

The statement that the UK police released about the poisoning alleges that the nerve agent was applied to the front door of Sergei Skripal’s front door, which is supposedly how the Skripals were poisoned. From their home, the Skripals drove their car down to the Sainsbury car park, from where they walked to grab a few pints at The Mill Pub just before they went for a bite at Zizzi’s restaurant, before walking to the park bench where they were found unresponsive, and where emergency services were called to. According to the time frame that is provided, this entire train of events went down over a course of roughly three hours.

Essentially, this military grade nerve agent, which is ten times stronger than VX, took an exceptionally long time to do its work, if this story is legitimate, as a very small amount of the toxic substance, even a 1mm drop is lethal.

Now, both the Skripals and the sergeant, Nick Bailey, have been treated and are improving quite well, apparently with no irreparable damage, after being poisoned with something that there is “no cure” for. Additionally, the Skripals were properly diagnosed with exactly what was making them ill by regular medical professionals who have now treated this condition with such skill that their patients are going to be just fine.

This sample of the “military grade” chemical weapon taken from the scene was tested by experts at Porton Down, who identified the substance as Novichok, but apparently couldn’t tell where it was from, after British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson testified that the scientists were “absolutely categorical” that it came from the Russians.

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  • Ace

    There is NO reason for the Skripals to be detained and their detention is HIGHLY suspicious. There is no reason for the Skripals to fear further attack and thus to choose to hide. There is no reason for the U.K. to offer to hide them.

    We must immediately (1) see the Skripals in person and hear what they have to say and (2) hear from the U.K. government why it is that they have detained them and are detaining them.

    This is outrageous and the U.K. cannot be trusted to give an honest answer about the Skripals or even to guarantee their safety. It is reasonable to suspect that the U.K. has played a role in this attack, and to dispel this suspicion the U.K. government must do more than stay silent.

  • frankly

    If the daughter is not verified as alive and well by Russian specialists then I do not understand all this politeness. Putin may have been quoted properly but the little voice in his head said, “If I ordered their death, they would be dead.”

  • Serious

    Who needs to see them or hear them ?? Have you ever see or hear Bin Ladin or Al Baghdadi ??? XD.

  • ZP

    Losing credibility is a death scenario for a politician and May, Bo-Jo and the rest of that immoral Government are left with none what so ever. Its going to be Corbyn next turn

    • FlorianGeyer

      The problem with a Labour government is that it is as infested with Zionist Jews as much as all the other main parties.

      One response in an election for the disaffected population is NOT to vote at all. If enough did that it could easily cause a constitutional crisis and render the UK ungovernable .

      • Hrky75

        A sad truth about Labor – intimidated to silence by Zios with the help of “Labor friends of Israel”. Those people managed to expel from the party Tony Greenstein an Israeli born Jew accusing him of being – an anti-Semite. Even Teresa May, when asked tough questions in parliament, just shouts “anti-Semites” and Corbyn shuts up. Pathetic…

  • FlorianGeyer

    The UK narrative hours after the Scripal incident that only Russia was and could have been responsible as Russia only had developed ‘Novichok’ , was at the time rather infantile and disingenuous.

    The subsequent revelations that the Russian chemist in charge of the ‘Novichok’ programme ( It had another reference name in Russia) had defected to the US with some of his team in circa 1996 and he wrote and published a book in 2006 detailing the readily available components and details of the nerve agent that was until very recently available on Amazon.

    The US Dept of Defence has been shown as the owners of several international patents for ‘Novichok’ nerve agents.

    Iran developed a Novichok strain for research after the thousands of dead Iranians caused by US and UK chemical agents during the Iran/Iraq War of the 80’s.

    The current Prime Minister of Slovakia tatted a few week ago that his country had developed Novichok.

    The German press stated very recently that a ‘Soviet ( probably not Russian as if he was they would have been keen to say so) defector in circa 1991 gave ‘Novichok’ samples to the West German Secret Services who passed some on to the British Porton Down Laboratory at the time.
    Porton Down say they had no previous samples.

    The Turkish Russophobe boss of the OPCW said in a public statement that Porton Down had a quantity of the nerve agent ( that would be deadly for several hundred people at least) , he later revised the quantity downward, to 10 milligrams. :)

    The UK Govt is lying and is typically useless at even that as well. :)

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      They were able to test for where the “Novichok” came from and questions were asked of Sweden that had no comment to make until they consulted their Bio-Chem Labs and a good lawyer.

  • Hrky75

    I suppose it all depends on ones definition of the word “military”. If it was military grade nerve agent by current UK standards – no wonder everyone walked alive an healthy out of that mess. A country that considers launching dozens of missiles at 3 2-storey civilian buildings in the center of Damascus, 2/3 of which don’t reach the target – a resounding military success – has a rather unique take on all things “military”…

  • velociraptor

    What is imoprtant, the visum for Abramovich (one of the moghtest oligarchs) in UK is still not prolonged. This is big problem for Abramovich. And when ologarchs have problems, putin falls. therefore stands at bay putin to cancel sanctions. he was chosen by oligarchs, he can be sent on the hell by oligarchs.

  • Marko
  • Siegfried

    Skripkal ws never poisoned, this all is a f*king Theresa May show to point the finger on Russia because ASSAD is f*king their cr@p in Syria and the “Libya-plan” in Syria went wrong.
    So.. “let’s bark something to make the Russians feel guilty and stop helping Assad”.
    Cheap Kindergarten-level, Putin must be amused…
    Now THE SAME BRITS run to PUTIN to sign a contract (thru a British OIL-firm) for GAS and OIL.. betraying the Americans :))))

  • Bob

    The choice of media image for article is both subtle and funny – evidently Boris cannot align the correct buttons and holes of his shirt cuffs – suggesting poor attention to the details indeed.