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Fury as Corbyn calls for Russia to analyse spy poison

Jeremy Corbyn has come under fire for demanding Russia receive a sample of the Salisbury poison so it can "say categorically" if it was behind the attack.
The Labour leader said "all fingers" pointed to the Putin regime being "involved" in the incident that hospitalised former spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia.
Despite Britain formally accusing Russia, Mr Corbyn maintained there still needed to be an "absolutely definitive answer to the question (of) where did the nerve agent come from"."I asked the Russians be given a sample so that they can say categorically one way or the other," Mr Corbyn told the BBC's World At One.The Labour leader added that the chemical, believed to be a nerve agent known as novichok, was "made from Russia, clearly".
Fury as Corbyn calls for Russia to analyse spy poison

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Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia are in hospital
His comment sparked fury from several Labour MPs.John Woodcock, a long-standing critic, said it was "worrying" Mr Corbyn was "asserting a different position" on Russian culpability to other frontbenchers.He claimed shadow chancellor John McDonnell had gone further, by saying he "agreed completely" that "Russia is culpable".Mr Woodcock told Sky News: "Labour MPs being threatened with retribution unless they toe the line cannot be sure which line they are supposed to toe.
"But, more importantly, this needs to be resolved as it is obviously not an approach that would work if we were in charge of the country during a national security crisis."
Fury as Corbyn calls for Russia to analyse spy poison

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The UK has formally accused Russia on conducting the poisoning
Another Corbyn critic, Ian Austin, mocked his leader's suggestion.He wrote on Twitter: "Does anyone seriously think Putin will say: 'Thanks for the sample. We have now examined it and yes, I'm sorry to say that it did come from Russia and was then given to one of our agents to murder Mr Skripal in the way we have murdered lots of other opponents?' Who thinks that?"Tory housing minister Dominic Raab compared the suggestion to "asking the bank robber to identify the bullets from a heist".Scottish Conservative MP Paul Masteron also called it "naive to the point of being dangerous".The Labour leader's office declined to comment when approached by Sky News.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed claims his country sanctioned or conducted the attack over two weeks ago in Wiltshire as "nonsense".He called it a tragedy but added: "It is complete drivel, rubbish, nonsense that somebody in Russia would allow themselves to do such a thing ahead of elections and the World Cup."
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