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UK: Corbyn advocates against cutting-off ties with Russia after Salisbury03:11

UK: Corbyn advocates against cutting-off ties with Russia after Salisbury

United Kingdom, London
March 14, 2018 at 15:53 GMT -00:00 · Published

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn suggested retaining a robust dialogue with Russia, in the wake of the Salisbury nerve gas attack, instead of suspending 'high-level contacts', speaking at the House of Commons in London on Wednesday.

"And while suspending planned high-level contacts, does she [Prime Minister Theresa May] agree that is essential to retain a robust dialogue with Russia, in the interests of our own and wider international security?" asked Corbyn.

"With many countries speaking out alongside us, the circumstances demand that we build an international consensus to address the use of chemical weapons," he added.

"We should urge our international allies to join us in calling on Russia to reveal without delay full details of its chemical weapons programme to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons," said Corbyn.

Sergei Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter are in critical condition in Salisbury District Hospital after being found unconscious on a park bench on March 4. Police confirmed they are treating the matter as attempted murder by a nerve agent.

The 66-year-old former Russian military intelligence officer was convicted in Russia of supplying MI6 with Russian state secrets. Part way through his jail term, in 2010, he was involved in a spy swap and given refuge in the UK.

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn suggested retaining a robust dialogue with Russia, in the wake of the Salisbury nerve gas attack, instead of suspending 'high-level contacts', speaking at the House of Commons in London on Wednesday.

"And while suspending planned high-level contacts, does she [Prime Minister Theresa May] agree that is essential to retain a robust dialogue with Russia, in the interests of our own and wider international security?" asked Corbyn.

"With many countries speaking out alongside us, the circumstances demand that we build an international consensus to address the use of chemical weapons," he added.

"We should urge our international allies to join us in calling on Russia to reveal without delay full details of its chemical weapons programme to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons," said Corbyn.

Sergei Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter are in critical condition in Salisbury District Hospital after being found unconscious on a park bench on March 4. Police confirmed they are treating the matter as attempted murder by a nerve agent.

The 66-year-old former Russian military intelligence officer was convicted in Russia of supplying MI6 with Russian state secrets. Part way through his jail term, in 2010, he was involved in a spy swap and given refuge in the UK.

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