The United Kingdom has given Moscow a time frame until midnight Tuesday to explain how a Russian backed nerve agent poisoned a former Russian spy and his daughter working for Britain Intelligence authorities.
Britain Prime Minister Theresa May has also issued a warning to Vladimir Putin that if he and his government chose to remain silent on the issue, like they do every time or fail to give a valid explanation, usually shrugging off the allegations, then they have to face severe consequences such as cyber threats to their country’s critical infrastructure.
As per the sources reporting to Cybersecurity Insiders from Foxnews, Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33 were found in a critical state on a bench outside a shopping center in the English Cathedral city of Salisbury. They are currently being treated at an undisclosed location in London and said to have plunged into ‘vegetative state’.
On further investigation, it was found that the former Russian spy, now working for British intelligence was poisoned by a highly lethal Novichok Group of nerve agents developed by the Soviet military in the 1970s and 1980s.
A nerve agent is nothing but a lethal chemical substance used to disrupt the mechanism of nerve functioning in a human body. Thus, when this substance is injected, it affects message transfer in nerves to organs and could result in multiple organ failures, gradually based on the victim’s exposure to the substance. In general, nerve agents are spread through aerosols, injections, explosive dissemination, atomizers, humidifiers, and foggers. But there is enough evidence that the military agents of different countries are known to use other methods for the spread of nerve agents which are banned from notifying in the media.
Theresa May feels that Russia could have poisoned the British spy with the help of his own close associates.
BTW, Russia is going for a presidential election on March 18th of this year and Putin, who himself is a former KGB spy, is expected to contest for the fourth term in the Kremlin polls.
May also threatened to take extensive measures against the $1.5 trillion Russian economies by imposing sanctions, if Russia or its leader Putin fails to respond to her call. This could include, the launch of cyber attacks on Russia, freezing assets of Russian business leaders and officials in all western nations supporting the UK and expelling diplomats.
Also, UK could also force the FIFA authorities to expel Russian football players from Soccer World Cup 2018 being held in Russia from June 14th to July 15th. Or even ask the 2018 FIFA World Cup authorities to reschedule the event at a different venue outside Russia.
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump who ousted Rex Tillerson from the post of Secretary of State and replaced him with Mike Pompeo, early Tuesday said that he will ask his officials to learn about the facts on Russia’s involvement in the nerve agent attack on British spies.