SENATOR THE HON PENNY WONG

LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

LABOR SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

MEDIA RELEASE

6 September 2018

RUSSIAN NERVE AGENT ATTACK IN THE UK

Labor stands with the Government and people of the UK in expressing our outrage at Russia’s reckless and deliberate use of chemical weapons on British soil.

Prime Minister Theresa May announced overnight that British Police have confirmed two Russian military intelligence officers were responsible for the Novichok nerve agent on Sergei and Yulia Skripel in Salisbury, UK on 4 March.

That investigation also concludes the Salisbury attack was authorised by the Russian leadership.

Labor strongly condemns the use of chemical weapons by anyone, anywhere and under any circumstances.

In March this year we supported the expulsion of two Russian diplomats from Australia to make clear our revulsion at this illegal, outrageous and dangerous use of banned chemical weapons.

Labor and the Government are united in support of our UK allies in holding Russia to account for its actions, and we again call on Russia to fully disclose the extent of its chemical weapons program and involvement in the Salisbury attack.

Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra.