UK Defence Secretary says Russian Federation should 'go away' and 'shut up'

PA Wire  PA Images                   Gavin Williamson will pledge the new centre later today

PA Wire PA Images Gavin Williamson will pledge the new centre later today

Gavin Williamson, one of the cabinet's youngest members and said to be an aspiring prime minister, adopted a more casual tone on the Moscow crisis than his senior colleagues, saying: "Let's face it, relations ain't good are they?" It is absolutely atrocious and outrageous what Russian Federation did in Salisbury.

"We have responded to that".

Speaking this morning as he unveiled plans to build a new chemical weapons defence centre, Williamson said it was "clear the Kremlin is ripping up the global rule book, using its growing hybrid capabilities to subvert, undermine, and influence countries around the world".

It's often described as a "cool war" that we are entering.

The UK Defence Secretary said relations between London and Moscow were "exceptionally, exceptionally chilly".

"But if they do respond to the action that we have taken, we'll consider it carefully and we'll look at our options, but it would be wrong to pre-judge their response".

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'As the diplomatic situation with Russia deteriorates we needed an appropriate response, up steps Gavin our intrepid Tory defence secretary who tells the Russians to "just go away and shut up",' she tweeted.

The EU's appeal to Russian Federation came after Britain, the United States, Germany and France jointly called on Russian Federation to explain the military-grade nerve toxin attack in England which they said threatened Western security.

Mr Williamson accused Vladimir Putin's government of "ripping up the worldwide rulebook", as he announced a £48million boost for the UK's chief chemical weapons facility. A crossroads where the choice before us as a nation is simple.

"A Britain able to protect our security and prosperity at home and overseas".

In a keynote speech at the Filton, near Bristol, home of Rolls Royce, Williamson also said British troops are to be offered anthrax vaccine to ensure Britain's armed forces are provided with vital protection against any deadly danger. The common belief at end of the Cold War that world would become a "better and safer place" was no longer "the reality".

Russia's foreign ministry, which denies any responsibility for the poisoning, said Mr Williamson's remarks showed London had something to hide. "Partners are getting nervous".

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