tv British Prime Minister Announces U.K. Actions Against Russia CSPAN March 14, 2018 11:13pm-12:06am EDT
british prime minister theresa may outlined a series of immediate actions are government will take against russia following the nerve agent attack against the former russian spy and his daughter. she announced the expulsion of 23 russian diplomats from the uk and the revoking of the russian foreign minister to the uk. from the british house of commons, this is 50 minutes. >> statements. the prime minister. >> with permission mr. speaker but like to make a statement on reforms of the russian government to thef incident and salisbury. first on the half of the whole house let me pay tribute once again to the bravery and professionalism of all the
emergency services doctors nurses and investigation teams would lead the response to this appalling incident and also to the fortitude of the people of salisbury and let me reassure them the ongoing risk to public health is low and the government will continue to do everything possible to support this historic city to recover fully. mr. speaker mr. scribner and his daughter were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent developed by russia. based on this case combined with the record of conducting state-sponsored assassinations including against former intelligence officers who they regard as legitimate targets the uk government has concluded it is highly likely that russia was responsible for this wretched into space with -- despicable act. either this was a direct act by
the russian state against our country are conceivably the russian government could have lost control of the military-grade nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others. mr. speakerht it was right to offer russia the opportunity to provide ana explanation but ther responses demonstrated complete disdain for the gravity of these events. they have provided no credible explanation that could suggest that they lost control of their nerve agents, no explanation as to how the agent he came to use in the united kingdom, no explanation as to whyhyas russis undeclared chemical weapons program. instead they have treated the use of the military-grade nerve agent in europe with sarcasm, contempt so mr. speaker there is no alternative conclusion that the russian state was culpable
for the murder -- that attempted murder. this represents unlawful use of force by the russian state against the united kingdom. as ice set out on monday it has taken place since the backdrop of a well-established pattern of russian aggression across europe and beyond. it must bear for be met with beyond the actions we are party taken since the murder of mr. litvinenko and russian aggression elsewhere put as a discussion in this house him and to make clear it's essential we now come together with our allies to defend our security to stand up for our values and send a clear message to those who would seek to undermine them. this morning i chaired the national security council where we agreed immediate actions to
dismantle urges all forms of hostile activity and cannot enter the uk and additional steps to suspend all high-level contracts between united kingdom and the russian federation. that may start that immediate action. mr. speaker the house will recall following the murder of mr. litvinenko the uk expelled four diplomats. under the convention united kingdom will now expel 23 russian diplomats who have been identified as undeclared intelligence officers. they have just one week to leave leave. this will be the single biggest expulsion for over 30 years and it reflects the fact that this is not the first time the russian states have acted against our country. through these expulsions will fundamentally degrade russian
capability in the uk in the years to come and as they seek to rebuild it bootable prevent them from entering. second we will develop proposals for new powers to partner defenses against all hostile state at h 70. this will include the addition of the targeteddth power to detn those suspected of hostile state activity at the uk border. this is only permitted in relation to those suspected of terrorism and i've asked the secretary to consider where there's a need for counterespionage power to clamp down on the full spectrum of hostile activities of warren agents in ourk country. mr. speaker is a set out on monday we will table the sanctions bill to strengthen our powers to impose sanctions in response to the violation of human rights. in doing so we'll play our part in an international effort to punish those responsible and i
hope as with all the measures i'm setting out today it will -- to enhance her efforts to monitor and track the intentions of those traveling to the uk who could be engaged in activities that threaten the security of the uk and our allies. we would increase checksum private flights and freight. we will freeze russian state assets wherever we have the evidence that they may be used to threaten the life or property of uk national residence and led by the national crime agency we will continue to tube bring all the capabilities of uk law enforcement to bear against serious criminal and corrupt entities. there's there is no place for these people or their money in our country. mr. speaker let me be clear while our response must be robust if must also remain true to oure values and a liberal democracy that believes in the rule of law.
many russians have made this country their home abide by our laws and make an important contribution to our country which we must continue to welcome but to those who seek to do us harm my message is simple, you are not welcome here. mr. speaker let me turn to our bilateral asian just heard it said on monday we have a simple approach to russia, engaged but beware in a contingent believe this is not international i interest to break off all dialogue between the united kingdom and the russian federation but in the aftermath this relationship cannot be the same. we will suspend all planned high-level bilateral contacts between united kingdom and the russiann federation. this includes revoking the invitationon mr. lavrov to pay reciprocal visit to the k.vr and no prime ministers are members of the royal family at the world
cup. we will deploy a range of tools from across the full breadth of our national security operations to counter the threat of hostile state activity. while i've set up some of these measures today members on all sides will understand that they are our things that cannot be shared publicly and of course there are other measures we stand ready to deploy at any time should we face further russian provocation. mr. speaker not the actions we take are intended to prevent contacts between our population. we have no disagreements with the people of russia who have been responsible for the many great achievements throughout s history. many of us look to soviet russia was hope that we want a better relationship and it is tragic that president putin has chosen to act in this way. but we will not tolerate the threat to the life of british
people and others in the russian government nor were we tolerate such an international obligation. mr. speaker asay i set out on monday the united kingdom does not stand alone in confronting russian aggression. in the last 24 hours i've spoken to president trump angela merkel and president -- we have agreed to cooperate closely and to coordinate our efforts stand up for the rules-based international order which russia seeks to undermine but i will also speak to other allies and partners in the coming days. as i welcome the strong expressions of support from nato and partners across the european union and beyond. later today the u.n. security council will u hold open consultation where we will be pushing for row bust international reform. we have also noted the organization for the -- about russia's use of this nerve agent and we are working with the
police to enable the opcw to independently verify our analysis. mr. speaker this was not just an act of attempted murder. it is an affront to the preservation of the use of chemical weapons and an affront to the rules-based symptoms which we and our partners depend depend. would work with our allies and partners to get around such actions wherever they threaten our security at home and abroad and i commend this statement to the house. >> thank you mr. speaker. i would like to thank the prime minister for her statements and aye absolutely her words about the service of her emergency and public. the attack in salisbury was an appalling act of violence. nerve agents are abominable if used in any war. it's utterly reckless to use than a civilian environment.
attacking britain is concerned are allies in the european union nato and the, u.n. and there isa solidarity of strengthen our position. our response as a country must be guided by the rule of law, support for international agreement and respect for human rights. so when it comes to the use of chemical weapons on british soil it is essential that the government works with the united nations to strengthen its chemical weapons monetary system and involves the office of chemical weapons. the prime minister said on monday either this was a direct direct -- or the russian government catastrophically damaging nerve agent allowed to get into the hands of others. our e response must be both decisive and proportionate and based on clear evidence. if the government believes that
it is still a possibility where russia negligently lost control of the nervely agent i welcome e fact that the police are working with the opcw and has the prime minister taken the next under the chemical weapons convention to make a formal request for evidence from the russiann government under article ix. how has he responded to the russian government's request for a sample of the agent used in the salisbury attack? has high-resolution trace analysis been run on a sample of the nerve agent and has that revealed any evidence as to the location or the production or the identity of its perpetrators and can the prime minister
update the how some are how some are conversations of any she has had with the russian government? and while suspending planned high-level contacts does the prime minister agree that it's essential to maintain a robust dialogue with russia? in the interest of our own and wider international security with many countries mr. speaker speaking out, speaking out alongside us the circumstances demand that we build an international consensus to address the use of chemical weapons. we should urge our international allies to join us and call on russia to reveal without delay full details of its chemical weapons program to the organization of chemical weapons
weapons. as we have expressed before it is a matter future grad better country has been struck with cuts of 25% within the last five years. it is mr. speaker, it is mr. speaker the right honorable gentleman must be heard. there will be a good opportunity for colleagues on both sides for questions. members must be heard. >> i couldn't understand a word of what he just i said mr. spear mr. speaker. it is in moments such as these that governments realize how vital strong diplomacy and
political pressure are for security and national interests. the measures we take have to be effective not just for the long-term security of our citizens but to secure a world free of chemical weapons so can the prime minister outline what discussions she has had with our partners in the european union, nato and the u.n. in whatt willingness there was to take multilateral action? >> what efforts are being made by the government toto reassess the death of mr. skripal's.org he died in 2012 in the death of his eldest brother and son who both have died in the past two years. please speak out against the abuse of humanan rights by the putin government and its supporters both at home and abroad and i join many others in this house in pain tribute to
the many campaigners in russia for human rights and justice and democracy in that country. mr. speaker we must do more to address the dangers posed by the state's relationship with the unofficial mafia like groups and corrupt oligarchs. we must also, we must also expose the flows of ill-begotten cash between the russian state and billionaires who have become stupendously rich by using their country and subsequently used london to protect their wealth. we welcome the prime minister's statements clearly committing supporting the amendment and implementing them as soon as possible as we on this side have long pushed for. mr. speaker yesterday nikolai verse cop a russian exile who is close friends with the late oligarch was found dead in his
london home. what reassurance can she get to citizens of russian origin living in britain that they are safe here? mr. speaker the event in salisbury early thisnt month is abominable and rightly condemned by the a house. britain has to -- britain has to build a consensus with our w allies and we support the prime minister -- mr. speaker we support the prime minister and taking multilateral action and firm action to ensure we strengthen the chemical weapons defection to ensure that this dreadful appalling act which we condemn never happens again in our country. .. ed, the right honorable gentleman raised a number of questions around the nerve agent that has been used turkey asked
if we were putting together an international coalition to call on russia to reveal the details of its chemical weapons program to the opcw. that is indeed what we did. we gave the russian government the >> it was indeed what we did, we opportunity they delivered it to the russian ambassador earlier this week to do just that. they have not done so. he is reason number of questions, he's asked about the money going through london. as i said, we will continue to bring all the capabilities of u.k. law enforcement against serious criminals and corrupt. the network is ongoing as i have said i have said to other
presidents other who have expressed their race support and those responsible for those committed the crime and the nato council is the first nerve agency says the nato foundation and it was a clear breach of international law. i express mindful solidarity and i'm ready to put the issue in the weeks european council. we will be doing that. but i say this is not a question of our diplomacy, of what diplomatic we have around the
world. it's about the culpability of the russian state. [applause] and he said we should be building a consensus is clear that we have a consensus with our allies. it's clear from the remarks made that there is a consensus around the back benches i'm only sorry that the consensus doesn't go as far as the right honorable. [applause] >> this is taken the opportunity at the u.k. government has done to condemn the russian.
>> mr. speaker, it seems to me without access to that information that the choice of this particularly bizarre and dreadful way of killing an individual is a deliberate choice from the russian government to do their signature on a particular so that other defectors are left in no doubt that is the russian government that will act if they're disappointed in any way by their actions. in light of that the sensible question is what consultation we propose to have with nato with nato and the other your pain countries about positive action that can be taken to prevent this continuing divide in international law that defies
all the rules. it's not just a question of expressing her anger about -- it's actually a serious threat to the safety of the western world unless and until we all do something together to actually start getting the russians to do something as opposed to simply ignoring us. >> my friend is right. that is why we are not only talking to our allies bilaterally, will be meeting with the nato council tomorrow which the issue will be considered will be putting this on the agenda and the council meeting at the end of last week while we initially look at all
the use of this nerve agent in the u.k. and its impact this is about the illegal use of chemical weapons by the russian state. it's about illegal programs and developing those chemical weapons by the i will leave no stone unturned to make sure we respond appropriately. >> thank you and let me think the prime minister. as the prime minister is said the attack was an unlawful use of force by the russian state against the united kingdom. mr. speaker, there has to be a robust response to the use of terror on our street. we must act in a measured way to sure that we will not tolerate this behavior. in this regard i welcome and associate with these ventures on
this i commit to wanting constructively with the government. i am sure the house will join me in extending thanks to making sure to run the clock. mr. speaker, it's alarming to see her closest friend and ally's expressing solidarity and support. our friends must join with us by standing up to this abuse by russia. i look forward they must speak with the clear and on ambiguous voice the fact that we are expelling the largest number of these and 50 years is welcome to send example of what can be done
against hostile activities. someone who is previously thwarted i am pleased that the government is taking action. and i commend the actions of the opportunity to meet previously. here stood up to the effects of russian power the sanctions are welcome to we must redouble against any money laundering and must be clear to the russian authorities that we will not tolerate these infringement on national law we will continue to scrutinize carefully and we must assure proper scrutiny of any new support. our thoughts are with them who have suffered abuses. there is no doubt that is what we're seeing. in doing so we can give way for
peace but the only response today must be a robust one. [applause] thank you for not just return of your response but for the comments you have made. can i reassure and thank him for his offer to work with the government on this issue. it is an issue and can i reassure him that although we have made reference to a number of allies others have to. canada and australia have also been very clear that a robust response is appropriate.
>> mr. speaker, merrick meant my honorable friend for his strong leadership. and rising to this challenges others have shown they too have risen to the challenge. i'm sorry others in such positions have fallen short. >> in the conversation due to to have with allies she may raise with the german government the issue of the pipeline they're engaged with with the russians which will cut revenues and give russia an unparalleled ability to bully those in the future. if russia is a rogue state could you try and persuade our allies not to treat with them and make them better off. >> i think my honorable friends.
one of the things will be discussing with our allies is how to ensure the robust message about the acts taken place on the u.k. soil that's given by all our allies. it is regularly discussed and. >> i welcome this statement in her conclusion about the russian fate it's a serious one. that, in addition to breaches of international law or the use of chemical weapons. but also the disregard for the rule of law and for human rights. must be met with unequivocal condemnation. i welcome both to downgrade the intelligence capabilities but
also in particular the work that has started with the united nations. it's important to expose russia third to the united nations to build the possible support against them. >> i also want to thank you for the same and she just made which i know is representative of many we are taking this matter to the united nations. it will be part of an open discussion that's taken place tomorrow. but as i indicated in response this is not just about the instant taken place here in the
united kingdom, it's about the illegal use of chemical weapons that is taken place in the role of the russian state in the development of it contrary to russian law. >> no reasonable person can possibly down the russian government has behaved with arrogant, inhumanity, and content, not least in failing to respond to the prime minister's to the wish it would have done in welcoming the prime minister's expulsion of 23 diplomats. well i ask her to make it clear that any retaliation by the russian government will be met by further expulsions possibly including the ambassador who
spent so much time talking to us in this place and will see except that russia traditionally respects -- them except weakness and the time has come to recognize that 2% of gdp is not enough to spend on defense when were looking at the adversarial relationship when we used to spend a higher proportion of gdp and ensuring this country was well -- >> is a set of my statement there are other measures should we face for the russian provocation. as we have been looking through national security cases that are modern rising defense what were
doing is ensuring all the variety and diversity of threats we face have resorted but as the threats diversify not all of them is what is conventionally. >> can i ask what is your response about the it's not a loud to stand in the presidential election in the most effective action they can say is to use its legal powers such as the unexplained -- against named individuals who are critical to the putin operation. she names in particular --
address substantial property and interest -- who owns a flat about the ministry of defense. >> can i thank you for your support that you have given to the actions being taken by the government. i also want to thank him as a set of my statement that we look at issues around crop deletes in criminal finances. we look at using the tools and capabilities at our disposal. >> i think the prime minister for her leadership in this matter. i associate myself with the democrats and calling for the use of -- but can i ask her if
she would use the tools at her disposal to expose the wealth of the putin family. $300 billion or more has been stolen by the russian people. we should expose him for what he is and not be a useful idiots hiding behind his crime. >> today thanks my friend. and of course those are tools we do use. but we need to use them in accordance with the rule of law with the process due process. >> i welcome i fully support the government's action understand that -- what was the prime minister think is the result of this is likely to be given that one permanent member of the council is engaging in unlawful attacks on another. does she share my concern that
russia's action for this country and ukraine and end backing the regime in syria means that the current security council mechanism is broken. >> i think you for your comment. as want to speak to the un secretary-general. later today in new york the hold initial consultation. i think it's important that we continue to use the international organizations available for us. the united nation is a protector we should continue to press for this. >> almost unanimously there is support for my friend for the
right to respond to this crisis. she's right to use the mechanism of the united nation to make clear to everyone what has happened. we bear by the in syria, russia has directly or indirectly authorize east of chemical weapons. i may also thank her for the amendment which we been working for for some time. i hope she will give consideration for implementing as it's being implemented in america and canada. >> i think to my friend when it picks up a point from the previous question. it's not just one-act it's a passion of actions there undertaking a variety of ways on their activities. we also see them interfering
with elections, these are all the actions that they're getting involved in. in response will bring forward amendments for consideration to ensure that we have got the strongest possible way to deal with these issues. >> we welcome the action that has been taken by the prime minister today. since in contrast with the appeasement we have heard them to the people of the united kingdom agree that the prime minister that it subsumed in the role of law. however she said she spoke into our allies over the last few days. perhaps you can tell us apart from this what actions have they
committed to to ensure that this section and the actions in this future. >> i think you for your remarks and i would say in relation to the actions being taken they were waiting for us to announce these actions we are taken but will be holding further discussions with our allies about the way they can support what were doing. >> i highly agree with the approach adopted and how she responded to this outrageous attack. you'd agree that the difficulty we face is not so much in getting the concurrence of our allies in agreeing with the nature but how are we going to craft a sustained strategies of
those who believe in the rules faith international system can apply the leverage and persuasion of russia to conform to it. we don't succeed in doing it the level of violence that russia will garner will simply increase. it is something our allies must have regard to if her going to make any progress. >> this is an issue we need to address. it's about a way in which russian is acting with impunity. the way in which its -- theater. we must come together to ensure
that we are supporting that rule space order and that we have a collective approach that we can challenge what russia is doing. this may have happened in the united kingdom but it's something that could be happening in any of the states. >> i join others in welcoming the prime minister has announced today. as russia has looked against us in an outrageous way we need to demonstrate our determination. given that russia denies such accidents and seeking these actions for the prohibition of chemical weapons does any member state intend to ask for the organization to carry out an investigation including facilities or locations in
russia where this nerve agent was produced? >> we will be talking about a number of ways in which matches the nerve agents dirt used here but other actions they might be able to make. >> i welcome the decision of the government to look at the evidence in this attack is it your intention that the findings should be referred based to the russians to the united nations and to ourselves and would you consider to go further and other sanctions against russia if necessary. >> we are asking them to verify this so that it can be clear to
everyone the nature of this nerve agent. can i also say as i said earlier in response to the wealth borders these are things we operate do use. but we will ensure they were done and accorded to the rule of law. >> this condemnation from the russians and the fact that she is adopting the amendment. but can i say that too much money is belonged during out of russia and finding its way into the british system. there are two things you can do quickly which would help tackle that. the first is to bring forward the public register and has been
delayed by this government. the second place she could increase transparency in our corporate structure so she would know where it comes from and deal with it if it's illicit money brought in by unsavory people. >> in relation to the issue raised that is something that i have discussed we do need to ensure to get that right but we need to ensure that we can do all of these to help us in the endeavors that were engaged in.
>> the prime minister statements they are taking into plot on the last question there is no place for serious criminal to corrupt elite. there are amendments but bear in mind that a slick committee could have a real role in teasing out information of what is going on to tackle dirty money in this country weather in the city of london or elsewhere. >> i think my friend for her suggestion. can i say and did i recognize the role the committees can play. mountable friends have just set up a team. >> can i assure the prime minister that most of us fully support the measures and indeed some of us think they could've
come a bit sooner. >> on the hybrid warfare which she asked the services to investigate putin's influencing operations and or universities, think tanks and institutions and political parties. >> he raises an important issue about the propaganda activity that are being undertaken and i will look at the suggestions been made. >> we should all be thinking got today. >> i'm not expecting my honorable front, and on the details but this morning the metropolitan police are in
place, lockdown removing vehicles and items linked to the sorcery incident. i'm not expecting my friend to give -- on current operations but could she confirm two things, first what they're doing all that they can to keep my constituents safe. can she arrange for somebody to provide a briefing to me at the member of parliament. >> i very happy to do that. >> is this investigation continues and we cannot say where that investigation will go in terms of -- but i can assure you'll be provided a briefing. >> the truth is, under putin the russian federation has managed to combine all of the work process of communism all wrapped
up inside a national security -- which keeps its people poor and kills his political opponents. can i just ask about the russian ambassadors. since you wrote your seven years ago alexander -- he has repeatedly lied to parliament. he's tried to get the speaker to stop debates on russia happening. he is try to interfere in the internal elections of this house. and it is time we now tell him that we will order -- in this country, not him. and he can go home. [applause] >> thank you. he is right, we will not be told what to do by a russian ambassador. i fully expect authorities to ensure this not possible for
them to interfere in elections in this house. it's a brave man who tries to tell the speaker of the house of commons what to do. >> it is notable that -- has completely supported not just the wise words and leadership of the prime minister but actual actions -- [inaudible] >> further, democracy is a fundamental. those concerns now turn to evidence, will she take equally robust action against russia to ensure great democracy continues
to be protected? >> i very happy to give the assurance to might write honorable friend. we recognize the first duty of government is to safeguard the nation. we treat security and integrity for democratic processes and everything else in this country very seriously. in terms of misinformation use, we know they consistently use things to destabilize the enemies and managing this. will continue to work with u.k. and the international partners to counter this. >> "washington journal", new every day with issues that impact too. on thursday, medicates will join us to discuss gun violence. and then julian on his new book
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>> and on american history tv and c-span three. >> the un security council met at the request of great britain to discuss the recent nerve agent attack on a former spy and his daughter. jonathan allen provided an update to the nerve agent attack. we also hear from nikki haley in the russian ambassador who denied the allegations. this is one hour and ten minutes. [inaudible]