Sajid Javid slams Russia for using Britain as a 'dumping ground for poison' after Novichok attack on Salisbury

The Home Secretary lashed out at the Russian state for using Britain as a “dumping ground for poison”.

Anger over the initial Novichok attack in March was renewed after Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley were also left critically ill by the deadly nerve agent.

Delivering an emergency statement to MPs, Mr Javid said: “The eyes of the world are currently on Russia, not least because of the World Cup.

“It is now time that the Russian state comes forward and explains exactly what has gone on.”

Making clear that the UK will “stand up to the actions that threaten our security”, he added: “It is completely unacceptable for our people to be either deliberate or accidental targets, or for our streets, our parks, our towns, to be dumping grounds for poison.”



Theresa May also heaped praised on the Wiltshire town’s “tremendous fortitude, patience and resilience”.

The PM also declared the stricken market town was still “open for business”.

Mrs May added: “Once again the public is having to contend with the consequences of two people being exposed to a nerve agent and I would like to personally thank local businesses and residents for their co-operation.

“We once again also sincerely thank the brave emergency services for their response.”

A senior Tory MP today accuses ministers of going soft on Russia by failing to fund the pursuit of crooked oligarchs’ millions.

Writing for The Sun today, Commons Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Tom Tugendhat insists law enforcement organisations like the National Crime Agency still don’t have the financial firepower to chase money trails, despite No10’s promises.

He also called for MI5 and MI6 to be given more more resources to counter Russian spies’ activities around the world.

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