While our mainstream media continues to obsess over a phony Trump-Russia collusion story, United States Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, is delivering a warning to Americans about the possibility of a very real and serious threat by the Russians…and it has nothing to do with elections or Donald Trump…
Last week, according to experts at the United Kingdom’s premier defense laboratory, the world witnessed the debut of a new and extraordinarily deadly weapon—the chemical agent known as “Novichok.”
According to British Prime Minister Theresa May, Novichok was used in the March 4 assassination attempt on former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Skripal, Yulia, and a responding police officer, Sgt. Nick Bailey, all remain in critical condition from the attack.
Nerve agents such as VX, which was believed to have been used to kill Kim Jong Un’s half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, are among the most deadly substances known to man, but Novichok agents are known to be deadlier still.
They reportedly are five to eight times more toxic than VX and are not detectable with standard chemical weapon detectors. Just 10 milligrams (0.00035 oz) of VX nerve agent on the skin is enough to cause a horrible death.
Not only does it reportedly take less Novichok agent to cause death, but it can be manufactured and disseminated as a fine powder, in addition to the typical form of nerve agent, liquid. Only Russia is known to ever have manufactured Novichok nerve agents.
The prime minister has called the assassination attempt on Skripal a “reckless and despicable act” and has promised significant consequences for Russia. This is appropriate, and these should be joined by Europe and the U.S. as well.
But the event itself is anything but surprising. Over the years, whether in previous assassinations, Crimea, Syria, or Ukraine, Russia has shown a consistent disregard for international law, norms, and rules.
Breaking from the recent past, the Trump administration’s new national security strategy takes a clear-eyed view of the threat from Russia, stating that Russia seeks to “shape a world antithetical to U.S. values and interests” that “aims to weaken U.S. influence in the world and divide us from our allies and partners.”
By standing with the U.K. in the imposition of new punishments and sanctions, and by continuing to invest in peace through strength, the U.S. can and will counter Russian efforts to subvert the international order. –Daily Signal
The Washington Examiner is now reporting that New York City could be the next site of a chemical assassination attempt if world leaders fails to punish Russia for its alleged role in the poisoning of a former spy in the United Kingdom, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley warned Wednesday.
“If we don’t take immediate concrete measures to address this now, Salisbury will not be the last place we see chemical weapons used,” Haley told the United Nations Security Council. “They could be used here in New York, or in cities of any country that sits on this Council. This is a defining moment.”
Haley raised the specter of new attacks during an emergency council meeting, held at the request of British officials who have accused Russia of using “a military-grade nerve agent” to target a former military intelligence officer who committed treason. Russian diplomats have denied responsibility for the incident, but British investigators say they have identified the poison as a chemical weapon produced by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
“Time and time again, member-states say they oppose the use of chemical weapons under any circumstance,” Haley said. “Now one member stands accused of using chemical weapons on the sovereign soil of another member. The credibility of this council will not survive if we fail to hold Russia accountable.”