UK chemical weapon attack

Missy has summarised the troubling (‘alleged’) chemical weapon attack on a former Russian double agent and his daughter:


Despite the Italian elections last week and the potential implications for the future of the EU this last week only one story has dominated, that of the chemical weapon attack in Salisbury last Sunday.

A former Russian double agent working for MI6, and his daughter, were found slumped on a park bench in Salisbury after what was thought to be a poisoning. The original reports suggested it was a direct poison plot similar to that of Alexander Litvinenko who was poisoned with Polonium by Russian agents in 2006. Despite initial thoughts, as the story has developed it has become clear this was not quite as clean in terms of an assassination plot as the Litvinenko one was. It has come out that the chemical used was a nerve agent, one that is thought to be so unstable ti is only available to nation states, and it is believed only 4 or 5 states have the capability to develop this particular chemical weapon – the US, the UK, France and Russia.

As well as the Russian agent and his daughter – who are fighting for their lives, the first police officer on the scene is also in hospital in a very serious condition after being contaminated, though the police officer’s condition is not thought to be life threatening any longer. In addition to these three 21 further individuals are in hospital with varying levels of contamination.

A COBRA meeting has been held, and the military have been deployed to Salisbury to carry out decontamination of a number of sites.

If this was an attack carried out by Russia using a chemical weapon on British soil it is nothing less than an act of war by a hostile nation, and very serious.

It has been suggested that one of the responses the UK could take is for England to boycott the World Cup, if they do Australia, Poland and Japan have indicated they could join England in a boycott. Other actions include sanctions, freezing Russian assets in the UK, and cutting all diplomatic ties.

12 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  March 11, 2018

    Morning Missy. 🙂 This event’s been getting good coverage on Aljaz tv over the past few days.

    • Missy

       /  March 11, 2018

      Morning Gezza,

      I don’t get Aljaz news (actually I don’t have a TV, so don’t get any TV news), but this has been lead news on the radio for the last week here, every possible expert on Russia, Intelligence Agencies and Chemical Weapons have been rolled out for their opinion.

      • Gezza

         /  March 11, 2018

        Aljaz rolled out a Brit Foreign Relations commentator last nite, who made the comment he can’t see how if this gets tracked back to Russia/Putin there can be any possibility of no retaliation in some strong form by the UK. Their correspondent claims the military hospital or special facility that has samples of the nerve agent – which is not sarin or another more common one – would not be manufacturable by anybody & will probably be able to trace it by its chemical signature to any known factory which made it.

        • Missy

           /  March 11, 2018

          That is pretty much what many of the experts I have been hearing have said, and that the agent used is very rare, and one of the Chemical Weapons experts did say it could most likely only be manufactured by a state, and very few states would have the capability (as listed above – UK, US, France, Russia).

  2. Missy

     /  March 11, 2018

    • Blazer

       /  March 11, 2018

      do they have any troops that aren’t…’highly trained’?

      • Gezza

         /  March 11, 2018

        According to Aljaz tv these many of these troops are trained specifically in Chemical Warfare investigation & containment.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  March 11, 2018

          I took it that highly trained meant in that field. There would be limited use in sending in someone highly trained in bomb disposal.

  3. We did what was known at the time as A B C D.
    Atomic Bacteriological and Chemical Defense.
    All military are somewhat trained for most eventualities.
    By now they’ll know where it came from, who made it and quite possibly who administered it and how…

    • David

       /  March 11, 2018

      “All military are somewhat trained for most eventualities.”

      They really are not. Mostly, they are trained for the previous eventualities.

  4. Missy

     /  March 12, 2018

    Traces of the nerve agent have been found in a restaurant and pub in Salisbury. About 500 people are thought to have been at both the restaurant and pub and they are being advised to wash their clothes and personal items that they had at the time, and have touched subsequently, they are also being told that if they have dry-clean only clothing to double bag it and wait for further advice.