Now, UK to invest £48m in chemical weapons defence after spy poisoning

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Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said he just wants Russian Federation to "go away and shut up". But the government will consider what it does.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has commented on Williamson's tough statement, saying that it shows that Britain's partners are anxious and London has things to hide.

In a speech on Thursday the Defence Secretary blasted Moscow for the "reckless" nerve gas attack in Salisbury and said Russian Federation should "go away and shut up". We have responded to that.

"We have arrived at a profound moment in our history, a crossroads where the choice before us as a nation is simple - to sit back and let events overtake us or step forward", Williamson is expected to say in what will be his first major speech since he took over the defense ministry in November 2017.

Despite his trademark colourful language, he said the United Kingdom should not "rush" into any drastic measures against Vladimir Putin's government.

He said: "We've have to be very careful in terms of the actions we take".

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We will see how Russian Federation responds to our actions.

'That is what they are wanting to see: Britain standing together against this great threat'.

His comments came after a major speech Thursday in which he said he planned to vaccinate British soldiers against anthrax and build a new chemical weapons center to prepare the country for a new kind of warfare.

"But we have world-class expertise at Defence Science Technology Laboratory (DSTL) Porton Down and today I can announce we will be strengthening this capability by investing £48m in a new Chemical Weapons Defence Centre to ensure we maintain our cutting edge in chemical analysis and defense".

Senior sources say they are convinced the Novichok nerve agent was hidden in the luggage of Yulia Skripal, the double agent's 33-year-old daughter.

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