Midnight deadline for Russian explanation of nerve agent attack passes

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14 Mar 2018 08:07 - +4313
Ok, now what?
14 Mar 2018 09:12 - +3153
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.
14 Mar 2018 11:08 - +1842
This is like a game of Civ 5 happening in real life: "Britain publicly denounces Russia" "Nothing happens" *Clicks next turn* edit: am skrublord
14 Mar 2018 10:51 - +1782
They responded with another dead Russian
14 Mar 2018 08:08 - +887
Did everyone just go to sleep?
14 Mar 2018 08:13 - +830
Hooefully the UK leads the way in ending Russia's bullshit. The west has put up with this for too long.
14 Mar 2018 10:32 - +669
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?
14 Mar 2018 09:59 - +356
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?
14 Mar 2018 08:28 - +232
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.
14 Mar 2018 12:10 - +177
I always liked this cartoon from the economist. https://www.economist.com/sites/default/files/images/print-edition/20140322_WWD000_0.jpg Give it 10 years and we'll be good for a while.
14 Mar 2018 11:40 - +166
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...
14 Mar 2018 09:35 - +97
Well hopefully it is time to resurrect the 00 program chaps.
14 Mar 2018 11:38 - +79
Here we go everyone, our great filter.
14 Mar 2018 11:40 - +47
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!"
14 Mar 2018 10:35 - +47
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. ***** [**Extended Summary**](http://np.reddit.com/r/autotldr/comments/849zc4/midnight_deadline_for_russian_explanation_of/) | [FAQ](http://np.reddit.com/r/autotldr/comments/31b9fm/faq_autotldr_bot/ "Version 2.00, ~295588 tl;drs so far.") | [Feedback](http://np.reddit.com/message/compose?to=%23autotldr "PM's and comments are monitored, constructive feedback is welcome.") | *Top* *keywords*: **Russia**^#1 **agent**^#2 **Skripal**^#3 **attack**^#4 **nerve**^#5
14 Mar 2018 09:43 - +35
Suckers, I’ve still got a couple hours
14 Mar 2018 11:59 - +9
I’m really surprised that people still seem to think that Russia will by by anyone else’s rules except their own.

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