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Moscow taunts UK Govt over poisoning allegations

The Russian foreign ministry has mocked allegations of its involvement in a chemical weapon attack in the UK which seriously harmed three people.
The ministry has begun using the hashtag #HighlyLikelyRussia on Twitter to cast aspersions on the Government's assessment that it was involved in the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal, as well as his daughter and a police officer.It comes as Prime Minister Theresa May gives Vladimir Putin an ultimatum over coming clean regarding the poisoning.:: LIVE - Russia blocked from spy poisoning materials
Sincere thanks to Mrs May for #HighlyLikelyRussia
It's gone to people ? And here is the first news for #HighlyLikelyRussia ? pic.twitter.com/sy3qMzBitU— MFA Russia ?? (@mfa_russia) March 12, 2018
The hashtag refers to the UK's recent cold snap, which originated in Siberia.A campaign assisted by troll accounts is linking this with the attribution of an attempted murder of a former colonel in Russian military intelligence using a Russian-developed chemical weapon.
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Old training manual #RussiaGate #HighlyLikelyRussia #disgusting ? pic.twitter.com/N9GY42TqMw— Марина Саакян ?? (@marinochka_san) March 13, 2018
#HighlyLikelyRussia
Russia has completed the massive task of destroying its Cold War-era chemical weapons stockpiles, winning praise from an international chemical weapons watchdog.
How about #UK ? pic.twitter.com/fKzHSQYzuc— Марина Саакян ?? (@marinochka_san) March 13, 2018
Troll accounts supporting the Russian attempt to deflect criticism are circulating conspiracy theories, off-colour jokes and disinformation to muddy the waters.
Pentagon, most likely,has been in possession of #novichok.
American officials: Uzbekistan is ground zero for #Novichok (1999) https://t.co/66KytBs36y … via @tonto_1964
Change #HighlyLikelyRussia to #HighlyLikelyUS pic.twitter.com/HirFCIWdp9— Scott's Humor (@ScottsHumor) March 13, 2018
The first use of the hashtag was recorded on Tuesday morning in Moscow, when the foreign ministry's Russian language account tweeted the video.
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