18.05.2021

Britain may impose sanctions against Russia

If Russia’s guilt of involvement in the new poisoning near Salisbury is proven, the UK is ready to expand sanctions against Russia.

This was announced by the head of the British Home Office Sajid Javid during a speech in parliament.

The Interior Minister confirmed that at present, the main hypothesis of the Amesbury incident investigation remains the connection of this poisoning with the poisoning of Sergei and Julia Skripal.

“If it is proved that the Russian government is responsible for this, then, of course, we will consider the actions that we can take,” Javid said.

Also, if the involvement of the Russian Federation in the new poisoning is proved, the ambassador of the Russian Federation to the UK can be called to talk.

The widow and friend of Alexander Litvinenko are preparing a lawsuit against the Kremlin media

Marina Litvinenko and Alexander Goldfarb are preparing a libel suit against Channel One and RT. He will be sent to the US federal court. The widow of ex-FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko Marina and his friend Alexander Goldfarb are preparing a libel suit against Channel One and RT. This is stated in their joint statement, published on Wednesday, June 20, on the crowdfunding portal Gofundme. The lawsuit will be filed with the US federal court.

The authors of the statement accuse both TV channels of defaming Goldfarb. According to them, after the poisoning of Sergey Skripal and his daughter in March 2018 in Salisbury, “the Kremlin media made several broadcasts about the Litvinenko case.” In these programs, his friend Goldfarb was charged with the murder of a former FSB officer. However, in the television programs “no evidence was presented, and the conclusions of the judicial investigation in London were also ignored,” the statement said.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs have already sent letters to the TV channels demanding a refutation and apologizing to Alexander Goldfarb. The preparation and filing of a judicial complaint will take several weeks, the authors of the statement note.

A former FSB official who received political asylum in the UK, Alexander Litvinenko, died in 2006 from radioactive poisoning with polonium-210 in London. An investigation by the British side found that the current State Duma deputy Andrei Lugovoi and businessman Dmitry Kovtun were involved in this crime.

British Brexit minister resigns

David Davis’s decision to resign is linked to the results of negotiations between members of the British Cabinet and Teresa May, who insisted on a “soft Brexit.” David Davis, UK Secretary of State for EU Exit, resigned. On Sunday, July 8, the news agency Press Association reported.

“He exchanged with the Prime Minister (Theresa May. – Ed.) Several letters on this subject,” the source said. As the reason for this step, he named the results of May’s meeting with members of her cabinet on July 6, during which the head of government tried to enlist the support of his members regarding the plan of interaction between London and the European Union after Brexit.

The negotiations lasted for several hours and took place in the suburban residence of the prime ministers – Checkers. As a result of the meeting, May seemed to be able to convince her opponents in the government, including Davis, of the advisability of “soft Brexit” and the creation of a free trade zone between the UK and the EU.

As follows from the letter of resignation, Davis accused the prime minister of the fact that because of her policy “in the best scenario”, London’s position in negotiations with the EU on Brexit will be weakened.

Beat for Theresa May

According to British media, the decision Davis made just two days after the talks was “a blow to the prime minister” and a step that once again revealed the depth of the contradictions in the ranks of the ruling Conservative Party.

Meanwhile, Christopher Hope, a correspondent for The Daily Telegraph, later wrote on Twitter that Steve Baker, the Parliamentary Undersecretary for Brexit, resigned after Davis.

The British supported the country’s exit from the EU at a referendum in June 2016, supporting it with 52 percent of the vote. Opposition British politicians, pro-European, are currently demanding a second referendum, citing the fact that many citizens of the country in 2016 did not realize all the consequences of their decision.

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