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questions at the british house of commons. question time is lived this wednesday on c-span two it airs again sunday night at 9:00 on c-span. you can watch any time online at prime minister may gave it an update on the nerve agent attack theied out on u.k. soil and government reaction, including the expulsion of 23 russian diplomats. this is 50 minutes. >> order. statement. the prime minister. >> hear, hear. >> with permission, mr. speaker, i would like to make a statement on the response of the russian government to the incident in salisbury. first, on behalf 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 who led the response to this appalling incident.
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and also to the fortitude of the people, lenny reassure them that as public health england has make clear, 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, on monday i set out for sergei skripal and his daughter were poison with a military grade nerve agent develop by russia. race on this capability combined with a record of conducting state-sponsored assassination, including against former intelligence officers who may regard a legitimate target, the uk government concluded that it was highly likely that russia was responsible for this reckless and despicable act. and there were only two explanations. either this was a direct attack by the russian state against our country, or conceivably the russian government would've lost control of the military grade
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nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others. mr. speaker, it was right to offer russia the opportunity to provide an explanation, but the response has demonstrated complete disdain for the gravity of these events. >> hear, hear. >> they are provided no credible explanation that could suggest they lost control of their nerve agent. no explanation as to how this agent came to be used in the united kingdom, no explanation as to why russia has an undeclared chemical weapons program in contravention of international law. >> hear, hear. >> instead, they have treated the use of military grade nerve agent in europe with sarcasm, content, and defiance. so, mr. speaker, there is no alternative conclusion other than that the russian state was culpable for the attempted murder of mr. skripal and his daughter, and for taking the lives of other british citizens in salisbury, including
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detective sergeant nick bailey. this represents an unlawful use of force by the russian state against the united kingdom. and as i set out on monday, it has taken place against the backdrop of a well-established pattern of russian state aggression across europe and beyond. it must therefore be met with a full and robust response beyond the actions we've already taken since the murder of mr. litman nay and russian aggression elsewhere. it is essential that we now come together with our allies to defend our security, to stand up for our values and to send a clear message to those who would seek to undermine them. this morning i chaired a for meeting of the national security council where we agreed immediate actions to dismantle the russian espionage network in the uk, urgent work to develop new powers to tackle all forms of hostile state activity and to
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ensure that those seeking to carry out such activity cannot enter the uk and additional steps to spend all plant high-level contacts between united kingdom and the russian federation -- the spin. let me start with the immediate action. mr. speaker, the house will recall that following the murder, the uk expelled for diplomats. under the vienna convention the united kingdom will now expel 23 russian diplomats who have been identified as undeclared intelligence officers. they are just one week to leave. this will be the single biggest expulsion for over 30 years and that reflects the fact that this is not the first time that the russian state has acted against our country. through these expulsions we will fundamentally degrade russian intelligence capability in the uk for years to come. and if they seek to rebuild it we will prevent them from doing so. second, we will urgently develop
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proposals for new legislative powers to harden our defenses against all forms of hostile state activity. this will include the addition of a targeted power to detain the suspected of hostile state activity at the uk border. this power is currently only permitted in relation to the suspected of terrorism. and i ask of home secretary to consider whether there is a need for newtown espionage powers to click down on the activities of foreign agents and a country. mr. speaker, as i set out on monday we will also table a government amendment to the sanctions bill to strengthen our power to impose sanctions in response to the violation of human rights. in doing so we will play our part in an international effort to punish those responsible for the sort of abuses suffered by sergei magnitsky. and i hope as with all the measures i'm setting out today that this will command cross party support.
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mr. speaker, we will also make full use of existing powers to enhance our efforts to monitor and to track the intentions of those traveling to the uk who could be engaged in activity that threatens the security of the uk and allies. so we will increase checks on private flights, customs 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 nationals or residents. an led by the national crime agency we will continue to bring all the capabilities of uk law enforcement to bear against serious criminals and corrupt. 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 it must also remain true to our values as a liberal democracy that believes in the rule of law. many russians have made this country their home, abide by our
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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 relationship. as i set a monday we had a very simple approach to russia, engage but beware. and i continue to believe it is not in our national interest to break off all dialogue between the united kingdom and the russian federation. but in the aftermath of this appalling act against our country is relationship cannot be the same. so we will suspend all bilateral contact between united kingdom and the russian federation. this includes revoking the invitation to foreign minister lavrov to pay a reciprocal visits of uk, confirming be no attempt by ministers or indeed members of the web family at this summers world cup in russia. finally, mr. speaker, we will deploy a range of tools from across the full breadth of our national security apparatus in
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order to counter the threat of a hostile state activity. while i i set out some of these measures today, members on all sides will understand that there are some that can be shared publicly for reasons of national security. and, of course, there are other measures we stand ready to deploy at any time to face further russian provocation. mr. speaker, none of the actions we take are intended to damage the activity or prevent context between our population. we have no disagreement with the people of russia who have been responsible for so many great achievements throughout their history pick many of us look to the post-soviet russia with hope. we wanted a better relationship, and it is tragic that president putin has chosen to act in this way. [shouting] but we will not tolerate the threat to life the british people and others on british soil from the russian government nor will we tolerate such a flagrant breach of russia's international obligations.
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mr. speaker, as they set out on monday the united kingdom it does not scandal in confronting russian aggression. in the last 24 hours i've spoken to president trump, chancellor merkel and president macron. we've agreed to cooperate closely and responding to this barbaric act and coordinate our efforts to stand up to the rules-based international order which russia seeks to undermine. i would also speak to other allies and departments in the coming days. and i welcome the strong expressions of support from nato and the partners across the european union and beyond. later today in new york the u.n. security council will hold open consultation where we will be pushing for a robust international response. we have also notified the organizations of the prohibition of chemical weapons about russia's use of this nerve agent. we are working with the police to enable them to independently verify our analysis. mr. speaker, this is not just an
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act of attempted murder in salisbury nor just an act against the uk. it is an affront to the prohibition on the use of the chemical weapons. and it is an affront to the rules-based system on which we enter international partners defend. we will work with allies and partners to confront such actions were everything threaten our security at home and abroad, and i commend the statement to the house. >> hear, hear. >> jeremy corbyn. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i would like to thank the prime minister for advanced sight of her statement, and echo absolutely her words about the service of our emergency and public services. the attack in salisbury was an appalling act of violence. nerve agents are abominable is used in any war. it is utterly reckless to use them in a civilian environment. this attack has concerned allies in the european union, nato and the u.n.
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and there words of solidarity strengthen our position diplomatically. our response is a country must be guided by the rule of law, support for international agreements 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 united nations to strengthen its chemical weapons monitoring system and involves the office of the prohibition of chemical weapons. the prime minister said on monday this was a direct act by the russian state or the russian government must -- lost control of the potential catastrophically damaging nerve agent and allotted to get into the hands of others. our response must be both decisive and proportionate, and based on clear evidence. if the government believes that it is still a possibility that russia negligently lost control of the military grade nerve
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agent, what action has been taken to the opcw with our allies? i welcome the fact the police are working with the opcw and has the prime minister taken the necessary steps under the chemical weapons convention to make a formal request for evidence from the russian government under article 9.2? how has she responded to the russian governments request for a sample of the agent used in the salisbury attack to run its own test? [shouting] has high resolution trace analysis been run on a sample of the nerve agent, and has that revealed in evidence as to the location of its production or the identity of its perpetrator perpetrators? and can the prime minister update the house on what conversations, if any, she said with the russian government?
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and while -- and while suspending planned high-level contacts, does the prime minister agreed that it is 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 -- [shouting] 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 to the prohibition of chemical weapons. it is as we on these benches have expressed before a matter of huge regret that our country
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diplomatic capacity has been stripped back with cuts of 25% -- [shouting] -- in the last five years. [shouting] it is, mr. speaker -- [shouting] it is, mr. speaker -- [shouting] >> the right honorable gentleman must be heard. there will be adequate opportunity for colleagues on both sides to put questions. members must be heard. jeremy corbyn. >> i couldn't understand a word of what the foreign secretary just said, mr. speaker, but his behavior demeans his office. [shouting] it is in moments -- [shouting] it is in moments such as of these that governments realize how vital strong diplomacy and political pressure are for our security and national interest. the measures we take have to be
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effective, not just for the long-term security of our citizens, but secure a world free of chemical weapons. who can prime minister outline what discussions she has had with our partners in the european union, nato and the u.n., and what willingness there was to take multilateral action? while the poisonings, mr. speaker, of sergei skripal and yulia are confronting us today, what efforts are being made by the government to reassess the death of mr. skripal daughter who died in 2012, and the deaths of his eldest brother and son who both died in the past two years? we have a duty to speak out against the abuse of human rights by the putin government and its supporters, both at home and abroad. and i joined many others in this house in paying tribute to the many campaigners and russia for human rights and justice and
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democracy in that country. and, mr. speaker, and, mr., mr. speaker, we must do more to address the dangers posed by the states relationship with unofficial groups and corrupt oligarchs. we must also, we must also expose the flows of ill-gotten cash between the russian state and billionaires who have become stupendously rich by looting the country and subsequently use london to protect their wealth. we welcome that prime ministers statement today clearly committing to support the magnitsky amendment and of the many of them as soon as possible, as we on this side have long pushed for. mr. speaker, yesterday nikolai pushcart, a russian exxon was close friends with the late oligarch boris was found dead in his london home. what reassurance can't you give to citizens of russian origin living in britain that they are
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safe here? mr. speaker, the events in salisbury earlier this month are abominable and have been rightly condemned right across the house. britain has to build, britain has to build a consensus with our allies, and we support the prime minister in -- [shouting] mr. speaker, we support the prime minister in taking multilateral action and from action to ensure we strengthen the chemical weapons convention to ensure that this dreadful, appalling act which we totally condemn never happens again in our country. >> hear, hear. >> the right honorable gentleman raised, 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
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of its chemical weapons program to the opcw. that is indeed what we did. we gave the russian government the opportunity through -- that my right honorable friend the foreign secretary delivered to the russian ambassador here in london earlier this week to do just that. they have not done so. and he has raised a a number of questions. he asked about the corrupt elite and money going to london. as i said, led by the national crime agency will continue to bring all the capability of uk law enforcement to bear against serious criminals and corrupt elite. that is no place for these people or their money in our country, and that work is ongoing. he talked about getting and international consensus together. as i said, i've spoken to chancellor merkel, to president trump, to president macron, others have also expressed their
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support, the nato secretary-general said we stand in solidarity with our allies in the united kingdom, and those responsible for both those who committed the crime and those who ordered it must face appropriate sees consequences. the nato council has expressed deep concern of the first offensive use of a nerve agent and allies agreed the attack was a clear breach of international law and agreement. the president of the eu council said i expressed my full solidarity with p.m. theresa may in face of the brutal attack inspired most like a mosque after i'm ready to put the issue of next weeks european council. so we will be doing that. but i say to the right honorable gentleman this is not a question of our diplomacy, of what diplomatic support we have around the world. this is a question of the culpability of the russian state -- [shouting]
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and he said we should be trying to build a consensus. it was clear, it's clear from the conversations i've had with allies that we have a consensus with our allies. it was clear from the remarks that were made by backbenchers across the whole of this house on monday that it was a consensus across the back benches of this house. i am only start a consensus does not go as far as the right honorable gentleman -- [shouting] who -- [shouting] who could, who could have taken the opportunity as uk government has done to condemn -- [shouting] ..
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so that other defectors are left in no doubt that it is the russian government that will act if they're disappointed in any way by their actions. now, in light of that, the only sensible question the opposition asked is what consultation we propose to have with nato, the other european countries, with the american government about positive action that could be taken to prevent this continuing defiance of international law with the defiance of all the rules on testing the possession of chemical weapons. it's not just a question of expressing our anger about
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salisbury, this is 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 ignore us. >> well, my friend, my learned friend is absolutely right. that's why we are not only talking to our allies bilaterally, but a meeting the at the nato council tomorrow and the issue will be considered and the counsel will be putting this on the agenda at the council meeting at the end of next week. while we rightly initially focus on the use of this nerve agent here in the u.k. and impact on the u.k., this is about the illegal use of chemical weapons by the russian state and it is about an illegal program developed,
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developing those chemical weapons by the russian state. and we will leave no stone unturned in order to work with our allies to make sure that we respond to that. >> thank you, mr. speaker and let me thank the prime minister for the advancement of her statement. as the prime minister stated the attack on mr. skripal and his daughter was an unlawful use of force by the russian state against the united kingdom. mr. speaker, there has to be robust response to the use of terror on our streets. we must act in a measured way to showeel not tolerate this behavior and in this regards, i welcome an associate with those of us in this benches with the measures contained. on this matter, i commit my party to work constructly--
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con constructively. and working round the clock on the recent case in salisbury. mr. speaker, it's been warming to see our close friends and allies with support. our friends globally must stand up to this apiece with state power by russia. i look forward to discussions in the united nations. the united nations must speak with a clear and unambiguous point. mr. speaker, the fact that we're expelling the largest number of officers is welcome and examine what can be done to defend against whohostile state activities. i'm pleased that the government
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is taking action in this area and the opportunity to meet previously, someone that has been personally massive risk and has stood up to the effects of russian state power. mr. speaker, financial sanctions are welcome and we must redouble efforts against any money laundering. it must be clear to the russian authorities that we will not tolerate activities that are under international law. and we'll continue to scrutinize them and must ensure scrutiny of any proposed legislation. our thoughts are with those in russia who have suffered from abuse of state power. there is no doubt that that is what we are seeing. and in doing so, we'll look forward to a time when we can engage in a positive way, but the only response today must be a robust one towards the kremlin and to russia.
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[shouting] >> can i -- [shouting] >> mr. speaker, can i once again thank the gentleman for not just the tone of his response, but for the comments he has made. can i reassure him that, of could,any legislative proposals we bring forward will have scrutiny in this case. can i thank him for his constructive offer to work with the government on this issue because it is a matter that should concern us across the hall now and should i reassure him though i've made reference to a number of allies who spoke for the united kingdom, canada, australia, have also been very clear that a robust response is appropriate to this and once again, i welcome the comments made. >> duncan smith. mr. speaker, may i commend my friend for strong leadership and in rising to this challenge
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as others have shown, they, also, too, in positions of leadership have risen to the challenge and i'm sorry that others in such positions have fallen. and can i ask in the conversation she's due to have with her allies as she's quite right to do, she may raise with the german government the issue of the pipeline that they're engaged in with the russians which will cut revenues from ukraine and eastern europe and give russia an unparalleled ability to bully those countries in the future. if russia is, as we now believe, a rogue state, could she please try and persuade our allies in europe and elsewhere not to treat with them and make them better off. >> well, i thank my friend and can i think that one of the things we will be discussing with our allies is how we can ensure the robust message for
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the act taken place on u.k. soil is consistently given and continued to be given by all our allies. as regards north stream two, this is discussed at the council as my friend might imagine. >> i welcome the statement, the conclusion of the cup able russian state, the continued disregard for the rule of law and for human rights must be met with unequivocal condemnation. [shouting] >> and measurings to take downgrade the capability that the russian state has and in particular, the work that's started with the united nations
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and it's important to expose russia and what they are doing within the united nations and to build the broadest possible support against them. can she say a bit more about what she is doing on that front? >> i also think the right honorable lady for the strength of the statement she just made which i know is representative of many of the right honorable friends on the back benches. we are taking this matter to the united nations, my right honorable friend has spoken to the secretary-general about this issue and it will be part of the discussion taking place tomorrow, that's the start of the process of looking at this issue. as i said, but -- as i indicated in response to my right honorable and learned friend, this is not just about the incident that's taken place here in the united kingdom. it's about the use of chemical weapons, illegal use of chemical weapons that have taken place and the role in the russian state in the development of chemical
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schweppes contrary to international law. >> mr. speaker, no reasonable person can possibly doubt that the russian government has behaved with arrogance, with inhumanity, and with contempt, not least in failing to respond to the prime minister's deadline. well, which it surely would have done if it had known it was innocent of this. in welcoming the prime minister's expulsion of 23 diplomates to intelligence agencies, will i ask her to make it clear that any retaliation in kind by the russian government will be met by further expulsions, possibly included even the ambassador who spends so much time coming to talk to us in this place, bemoaning the poor state of anglo russian, and that looks
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at strength and despises weakness and time to recognize 2% of gdp is not enough to spend on defense when we are reverting to the sort of adversarial relationship, where we used to spend a much higher proportion of gdp in ensuring that this country was well-defended. [shouting] >> can i thank my honorable friend for his remarks. as i said in my statement, there are other measures, we stand ready at anytime should we face further russian provocation. on the other point he made, of course, as we have been looking at our national security tapes and review and modernizing defense program review, what we are doing is ensuring for the variety and diversity of threats that this country faces we have the resources and
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capabilities to deal with those threats. but of course, as those threats diversified. not all of them will be responded to by what is conventionally normally considered to be defense. >> vince sent cable. >> i and my party fully support the prime minister's statement. can i ask what is her response to the brave leader of the opposition in russia, alexei who is not allowed to stand in the presidential election, who has said that the most effective action the british government can take is to use its legal powers, such as the unexplained wealth holders, against named individuals who are critical to the putin operation, and she names in particular mr. rasmanoff who has property and the first deputy prime minister who amongst other things owns a 14
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million pound flat overlooking the ministry of defense. will she act? >> can i thank the right honorab honorable gentleman for the support he's given to the government and say to him, as i did-- as i said in my statement that we do, of force, look at issued around criminal finances, we look at using the tools and capabilities that at our disposal, the national agency is continuing in that work. thank you, mr. speaker, may i thank the prime minister for her impressive leadership in this matter and i associate myself unusually with the democrats in calling for more use of unexplained wealth order. can i ask her if she will use the tools at her disposal to dispose the wealth of the putin family. $300 billion or more have been stolen from the russian people by that man and expose him from
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what he is, and not be a useful -- behind those crimes. >> can i explain on the unexplained wealth orders, of course, those are tools that we do use, but we have to use those properly in a cokorcord acco accordance with the rule of law. >> i agree with the prime minister and her analysis and fully support the government's actions. [shouting] . i understand that the foreign office have called an urgent meeting of the u.n. security council. what does the prime minister think that the results of this is likely to be, given that one permanent member of the council is engaging in unlawful attacks on another and does she share my concerns that russia's actions in this country, in ukraine, and in murderous
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regime in syria means that the current security council mechanism is broken? >> i say to -- thank the honorable lady for her comments ap say as i said earlier, the foreign secretary did speak to the u.n. secretary-general yesterday and later today in new york, the u.n. security council will hold initial consultations. obviously, russia is a member of that security council, but i think it's important that we continue to use the international organizations that are available to us. the united nations is a protector of the international rules base order. that's what it should be and we'll be continuing to press for robust international response. >> mitchell. >> it's clear almost, you know, nan must-- almost unanimous response to response to this crisis. she's absolutely right to use the mechanisms of the united nations to make clear to everyone what has happened in this case and will she also
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bear in mind that in syria, russia has either indirectly or directly authorized and used chemical weapons. and may i also thank her for what she has said about the m magninski amendment. and the full amendment as it's been in america and canada. >> may i first thank my honorable friend. it's a point from the previous question. this isn't simply one act we see from russia, this is a pattern of actions from russia where they are undertaking in a variety of ways the different actions of course, what we've seep -- seen them doing in syria, and crimea and use of propaganda and interfere in elections across the continent of europe. these are all actions that
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russia state is getting involved in. in response to the second point we will bring forward a government amendment to reflect the magnisski amendment and the most strongest means to deal with these issues. >> we welcome to the actions taken by the prime minister today. sits in contrast with a policy of appeasement we've heard from the-- i'm sure that the people of the united kingdom are pleased that it's the prime minister sitting behind that dispatch box today, defending the rule of law and the citizens of this country. however, she has told us that she's spoken to our allies over the last couple of days. perhaps you could tell us, apart from words of support, what actions have they committed to to ensure that, first of all, a message is ent sent out about this action and actions in the future? >> can i thank the honorable gentleman for his remarks and
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the support of the dup for the actions that the government is taking in this matter and can i say to him that in relation to the actions taken by international allies, of course, they were waiting for us to announcement the various actions that we were taken, the decision taken by the national security council this morning and we will hold further discussions with our allies what they can do to support the actions themselves. >> thank you, mr. speak,er, i entire agree by the approach taken by my friend, the prime minister and how she's responded to this outrageous attack. she would agree with me the difficulty we face is not getting concurrence from our allies, but for the strategy for those who believe in the international asystem can apply the necessary persuasion to russia to conform to it and
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very serious risk that we run is if we don't succeed in doing this, the level of violence that russia is going to exercise with impunity against other states and us will simply increase, and if it is something which our allies in particular must have regard to, if we are going to make any progress. >> well, my learned friend is absolutely correct. this is an issue which we need to address in that wider sense because it is about being a way in which the russian state is acting, with impunity in a variety of ways, the way it is flouting international rules order. we must come together as allies that we're supporting the international rules base order. not just a collective agreement, but a collective approach which ensures with he can challenge what russia is doing and also writes-- one of the points i think we should be making to our allies, this may have happened in the
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united kingdom, but actually it could be happening in any of these states. >> mr. speaker, i joan others in welcoming the measures that the prime minister has announced today. as russia has chosen to act against us in such an outrageous way, we have to demonstrate our determination to defend ourselves. given that russia's usual response is to deny all responsibility for such actions, as well as seeking the assistance of the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons in identifying, does she intent as any member state is entitled to do to ask for that organization to carry out an investigation, including an inspection of any facilities or locations in russia where this nerve agent in all probability was produced? >> can i say to the right honorable gentleman we will be talking about a number of ways,
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not just the way the sample of the nerve agent used here in the united king come could be independently verified, but other actions to take. >> may i welcome the decision of the government to refer patiently and carefully acquired evidence to this attack to the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons? it is our intention that the findings should be referred both to the russians, to the united nations and to ourselves. and will she consider in the light of that finding, go further on unexplained work orders and other financial sanctions against russia, if necessary? >> i say to my right honorable friend, that of course we are asking the opcw to independently verify this so it can be clear to everyone the nature of this nerve agent. can i also say to him that, as i said earlier in response to
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the unexplained wells order, these are things which we do operate, we do use and we introduced, but we will always ensure that they are done on evidence and, obviously, we operate according to the rule of law. >> can i, the prime minister's statement and condemnation of russians and the actions i've taken and welcome the fact that she's adopting the magnisski amendment from the government. can i say too much money is being laundered out of russia and finding its way into the british system. and there are two things she could do pretty quickly which would help to tackle that. in the first place, she could bring forward the public register of ownership of property, by her predecessor in 2015 and delayed by the government. in the second place she could
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increase transparency in our corporate structures so we would know who forms companies here, where the money comes from, and deal with it if it's illicit money brought in by unsavory people. >> can i say to the right honorable lady, in relation to the issue she's raised about transparency in relation to property ownership and back to i've discussed with business. we haven't been delaying that. we need to make sure we have get that right when we introduce that. we do want to ensure, we've got the tools that we can use and can help us in this-- in the endeavor that we're engaged in. >> nicky morgan. >> and your 100% support the prime minister's statements and actions she's taken and just on the last question, i want to particularly pick up on the prime minister's statement there is no place for serious
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criminals and construct elites in our country. there are members and i'm sure that the parliament will-- but the select committees could have a real role here in teasing out information, what is going on to help to tackle dirty money in this country, whether in the city of london or elsewhere, to bring evidence of the amendment actions that the government could then take. >> can i thank my right honorable friend for her suggestion. can i say, indeed, i recognize the role shekt -- select committees can say and i expect that she's set off with committees to undertake. >> bradshaw. >> can i say that most on the benches fully support the measures. and indeed, some of us think they could have come sooner. on the event of putin, to
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investigate putin's influencing operations in our universities, in our think tanks ap our institutions and in our political parties. >> can i say to the right honorable gentleman, he raises an issue about the propaganda activities taken by the russia state and i'll look into suggestions. >> we should all be thanking god today that my right honorable friend, and the so-called alternative. >> absolutely right. >> i am not expecting my right honorable friend to comment on the details, but this morning, took the high road, the metropolitan police and army in place, the street be locked down, removing vehicles and items linked to the incident. i'm not expecting my right honorable friend to give running commentary on current
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operations, but could she confirm two things, that she and the government and security services are doing all they can to keep my constituents safe and have somebody provide me with what is happening. >> can i say to my honorable friend, i will be happy to do that. as he is aware the investigation does continue and we can know the say where that investigation is going to take the place in terms of their further inquiries, but i will be sure he gets is briefing as a member of parliament. >> mr. speaker, i support what the prime minister has made. under putin, they've had the worst of capitalism, and all wrapped inside a national security statement which keeps its people poor and kills his political opponents. can i just ask about the
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russian ambassador, because suns he arrived here seven years ago, he has repeatedly lied to parliamentarians. he has tried to get the speaker to stop debates on russia happening in in house. he has tried to interfere in the internal elections of this house and surely to god, it is time we now tell him that we will order our affairs in this country, not him, and he can go home. [shouting] >> well, i thank the right honorable gentleman. he's absolutely right. we will order our affairs in this country and not be told what to do by a russian ambassador and i fully exhibit x the house authorities to ensure that it's not possible for an external party in interfere in elections in this house and also say it's a brave man telling the house of the speaker of commons. >> and he got absolutely
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nowhere with me, you can be sure about that. >> yes, mr. speaker, it is noticeable the length and breadth of this place, completely supporters, not just the eyes words of the relationship t prime minister, but her actions with the notable exception of the front bench of the opposition. shameful-- mr. speaker further to the question, democracy is a fundamental british value ap there have been long held concerns that russia has been seeking to undermine it and interfere in it. and those concerns turn now to evident, will she take equally robust action against russia to ensure that our great british democracy continues to be protected? >> i'm very happy to give the assurance to my right honorable friend, the action that we
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take. we recognize that the first duty of government is to safeguard the nation and we treat security and treatment of our democratic processes in this country as everything else, very seriously. in terms of this information that was used by the kremlin. we know they consistently used it to destabilized perceived enemies and managing this is a long-term priority for the u.k. we continue to work not just at >> mouse regrets for general speeches, legislative business at 2:00 p the agenda, it bills dealing with homeland security. original series, landmark cases, continues with a focus on which versus ferguson, established the separate but equal doctrine which was overturned in brown versus the board of education. on c-span2, government officials from the obama administration on
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upcoming talks between the u.s. and north korea. that is followed by another discussion on the future of syria. to3:00, the senate resumes debate on legislation to prevent online sex trafficking and on c-span3, the congressional caucus for women's issues takes a look at ways to combat sexual harassment in the service sector. c-span, where history unfolds daily. in 1970 nine, c-span was created as a public service by america plus cable television companies, and today, we continue to bring you unfiltered coverage of congress, the white house, the supreme court, and public policy events in washington, d.c. and around the country. c-span is brought to you by your cable or satellite provider. russia held its presidential election today with vladimir putin reportedly winning
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reelection with more than three quarters of the vote. in power for another six years and what will be his fourth term. after announcing his victory, he briefly took questions from reporters in moscow. >> good evening. how do you feel? tell us about your emotions. and your plan for tomorrow. >> regulations -- my emotions? i am very grateful to voters for their trust and appreciation of my work in recent years, and for their hope. they clearly hope and expect us to work together, our entire team and yours truly, we will work as hard as we did and achieving better results.


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