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Hunt warns Russia: 'The price will be too high'

By Greg Heffer, political reporter
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has used a Sky News interview to tell Russia "the price will be too high" if it continues to act against international norms.
Mr Hunt suggested Moscow will be wondering whether the Salisbury chemical weapons attack was "a smart thing to do".Speaking to The Kay Burley Show in New York, he revealed his "frank exchange of views" with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, during a "pretty tough" meeting at the UN General Assembly.

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One of the Russian men accused of the Salisbury poisonings has recently been exposed as a military officer who received an honour from his country's president, Vladimir Putin.Mr Hunt said: "It is not acceptable for Russia to instruct two GRU agents to use chemical weapons on British soil, the first time it's ever happened."This is a very significant thing and the significance isn't about bilateral spats between Russia and the UK. We have international norms where you don't use chemical weapons."After nuclear weapons, these are the most horrible weapons that you can use. Recently those norms have been changing."We've seen [Bashar] al Assad using them in Syria and now Russia using them on the streets of Britain."It would be a terrible step back for the world if we went to situation where using these horrible, horrible weapons just became normal and we don't want that to happen; not for Britain's sake, not for the world's sake."Our message for Russia is very straightforward: If you do this, the price will be too high."
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Mr Hunt revealed he told Mr Lavrov that "countries like Russia and Britain need to be standing together to make the world a peaceful place".He added: "If one of us is sending army officers on the streets of the other using chemical weapons, that's not going to happen and that is the wrong thing to do."
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