United Kingdom says to invest £48m in chemical weapons defence after spy poisoning

United Kingdom says to invest £48m in chemical weapons defence after spy poisoning

But the government will consider what it does.

Zakharova added: 'London has something to hide. London has something to hide.

The verbal offensive from Russian Federation came as intelligence sources revealed a theory that the nerve agent that poisoned Sergei Skripal was planted in his daughter's suitcase before she left Moscow.

One of the questions posed to Williamson by a reporter in the audience was: "Russia has said it will expel British diplomats from Moscow".

"It's absolutely atrocious and outrageous what Russian Federation did in Salisbury - we've responded to that". We have responded to that.

Earlier on Thursday, Williamson appeared to go off-script, departing from typically measured diplomatic language to say: "Frankly, Russia should go away, it should shut up".

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Williamson assumed the post of the Defense Sec in November 2017 and his nomination by the UK PM Theresa May came something as a surprise, since Williamson has no military background.

The U.K. will build a new chemical weapons defense center as part of a larger plan to boost its efforts to tackle chemical warfare, British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson is expected to announce Thursday.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has boldly claimed that Russian Federation should "shut up" as he faced questions over the threat of a new Cold War.

Leaders of Britain, the US, Germany and France have issued a joint statement blaming Russian Federation for the Salisbury poison attack.

In a keynote speech at the Filton, near Bristol, home of Rolls Royce, Williamson also said British troops are to be offered anthrax vaccine to ensure Britain's armed forces are provided with vital protection against any deadly danger.

Senior sources say they are convinced the Novichok nerve agent was hidden in the luggage of Yulia Skripal, the double agent's 33-year-old daughter.

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