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Russia wages WWIII, - Klimkin

The Kremlin has been using hybrid war methods in its aggressive stance towards the West, Ukraine's foreign minister says
13:38, 16 March 2018

Europa Press

The recent poisoning of the ex-GRU officer and his daughter proves that Russia consciously stands against the West and the entire Transatlantic community. In fact, this country wages World War III, using hybrid methods. Pavlo Klimkin, Ukraine's foreign minister said that in his interview with BBC Ukraine.

'It means that the coalition will emerge; the one that is supposed to counteract the fundamental Russian threat, because Russia now threatens the very existence of the values of the Western world. We should be honest - with ourselves - about the fact that we're on the frontline of that struggle', he said.  

According to the Ukrainian official, Russia put itself in the same row with the North Korea, Syria or Saddam Hussein's Iraq.

The British police found over 200 witnesses in the high-profile case of poisoning of Sergei Skripal, the former agent of Russian GRU (Chief Intelligence Department). Reuters reported that with the reference to the statement by interior minister Amber Rudd. 

Related: Case of Poisoned Russian Spy in UK: Police find 200 witnesses

The police included 240 pieces of evidence into the case. Over 250 servicemen of counter-terrorism police are involved in the investigation.  

'Traces of the nerve agent had been found at Zizzi, an Italian restaurant where the Skripals had a meal before they were found unconscious. A police spokesman declined to comment on the report', Reuters wrote.

Ex-colonel of Russia’s Main Intelligence Agency of Sergey Skripal and his daughter, poisoned in the center of Salisbury town in the evening of March 4, are still struggling for life in the intensive care unit of the local hospital. The British special services suppose that Skripals were poisoned by his ex-colleague Andrey Lugovoy, who acted on orders from Moscow.

Related: Who is Sergei Skripal, ex-spy poisoned in the UK?

The whole case turned out to be high-profile. The British media call the poisoning 'Litvinenko-2', referring to the poisoning of ex-FSB agent Aleksandr Litvinenko in 2006. British PM Theresa May announced that 23 Russian diplomats will be sent off from the UK due to the attack on Skripal. Foreign Minister Boris Johnson added that the leading Russian officials and members of the royal family are not going to visit Russia for FIFA World Cup matches. Johnson also said that the government considers the option to ban the national football team from the competition.

Related: Former KGB agent reports on threats month before Skripal’s poisoning

Related: Britain to expel 23 Russian diplomats due to Skripal's case

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