18 thoughts on “Midnight deadline for Russian explanation of nerve agent attack passes

  1. NightStu March 14, 2018 / 9:31 pm

    Did everyone just go to sleep?

  2. minal187 March 14, 2018 / 9:31 pm

    This is like a game of Civ 5 happening in real life:

    “Britain publicly denounces Russia”

    “Nothing happens”

    *Clicks next turn*

    edit: am skrublord

  3. atrigent March 14, 2018 / 9:31 pm

    The article says:

    > But ahead of the expiry of the deadline, Russia’s UK embassy posted a series of tweets saying it would not issue a response without being given access to samples of the nerve agent.

    It seems that they have given some sort of response, in the general sense, by denying involvement. I’m curious, what does the article mean when it says “response”? The specific tweet being referenced seems to be [this one](https://twitter.com/RussianEmbassy/status/973610000819081216), which says:

    > Moscow will not respond to London’s ultimatum until it receives samples of the chemical substance to which the UK investigators are referring.

    So, do they mean Russia itself, as opposed to the Russian embassy to the UK, will not respond? Or is some entirely different type of response expected?

  4. two-years-glop March 14, 2018 / 9:31 pm

    Eli5 **why does Russia get away with acting like a superpower on the world stage?**

    Why is every country afraid of provoking Russia?

    It can’t be the economy, Russia’s GDP is barely the size of Spain’s.

    Is it nukes? Russia has nukes, but so does France, UK and India (all of which also have bigger economies than Russia).

    Is it the military? Russia spends $69.2B on the military, larger than the UK’s $48.3B, but not by much. The EU and NATO both dwarf Russia’s military. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_military_expenditures

    So why is Russia punching far above its weight?

  5. Method__Man March 14, 2018 / 9:31 pm

    What the fuck is wrong with Russia? Rather than just working to build peace, improve trade, and make money, they are still obsessed with territorial expansion, war, and violence against the west.

    It is the 21st century, Russia needs to grow the fuck up.

  6. HomeStallone March 14, 2018 / 9:31 pm

    Hooefully the UK leads the way in ending Russia’s bullshit. The west has put up with this for too long.

  7. Walnutterzz March 14, 2018 / 9:31 pm

    Here we go everyone, our great filter.

  8. autotldr March 14, 2018 / 9:31 pm

    This is the best tl;dr I could make, [original](http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43394699) reduced by 84%. (I’m a bot)
    > Ahead of the expiry of the deadline, Russia's UK embassy posted a series of tweets saying it would not issue a response without being given access to samples of the nerve agent.

    > Moscow has already threatened to expel British media outlets from Russia if the Kremlin-funded TV channel RT is stripped of its licence to broadcast in the UK. Britain could expel Russian diplomats, as it did after the poisoning of former Russian Federal Security Service operative Alexander Litvinenko in 2006 with radioactive polonium.

    > Mrs May has said a military-grade nerve agent developed by Russia – part of a group of nerve agents known as Novichok – was used on 4 March and it was therefore "Highly likely" Russia was involved in the attack.

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  9. themightytouch March 14, 2018 / 9:31 pm

    I don’t want to sound all grim but is anyone getting some ww2 vibes? Like how Germany and Italy kept doing shenanigans with Czechoslovakia and Ethiopia and UK and France just sort of ignored until it invaded Poland.
    Russia has invaded a few parts of countries, blew up a plane full of Dutch people, hacked an election (possibly more), and now they use WMDs in UK territory. Don’t get me wrong, the long era of peace in Europe will most likely continue in the foreseeable future, I just think something ain’t right with our neighbors in the east…

  10. usethebacon March 14, 2018 / 9:31 pm

    The guys arguing about who’d win are idiots. The targets would be innocent civilians on both sides.

  11. uncle_cousin March 14, 2018 / 9:31 pm

    It’s almost like Russia is such a shit country now that this kind of stuff is expected from them. Bad Vlad will blandly deny everything, a couple of minor diplomats will have to pack, and it will all be forgotten as soon as possible.

  12. V_Ling March 14, 2018 / 9:31 pm

    Can you imagine the reaction by RT if Snowden or Assange were deathly ill after an encounter with American agents who immediately fled the country after the meeting? And it turned out that traces of the assassin’s weapon were left in hotels, airplane seats, etc.

    RT talking heads EXPLODING in all directions….calls for sanctions, calls for war “Oh my GOD these goddamned American terrorist ISIS-creating, Ukranian fascist-aligning MONSTERS!” “WE knew it all along!”

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