Russia has warned the West they have seen documents that the US are harbouring components of biological weapons close to the Ukraine-Russia border.
Tory MP Tobias Ellwood has warned on Wednesday that this could be a “that Russia may use to justify” their “own chemical or biological attack in Ukraine” then asked “Will NATO then respond?”
This comes after the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman issued a warning to the West that they found documents relating to “biological materials” under the “cover of scientific developments.”
The spokeswoman said: “We know they were looking for opportunities to develop these weapons.
“We have found these weapons. We have found your developments, we have found your biological materials that were developed, among other things, for military purposes.
“And all of that was found in Ukraine. What were you doing there…under the cover of scientific developments.”
Elwood, fears that this is a “despicable pretext that Russia may use to justify their own chemical or biological attack in Ukraine.”
Elwood told Express.co.uk, “This cannot be the war Putin expected to fight.
“He will be ever conscious of the growing chorus of Russian elites who now see him as a long term liability – with no prospect of Russia rejoining the global economy until he’s gone.
“Therefore, expect Putin to bunker down and stoop low silencing any critics, both in Russia and beyond, using similar ruthless techniques used in Salisbury in 2018.”
Elwood warned that Russia could strike the UK with another chemical attack in the UK similar to that in Salisbury 2018.
Investigative journalist Carole Cadwalladr pointed out that Russia was furious that Theresa May condemned Russia’s annexation of Crimea back in 2014.
She wrote, “This is how Russia responded. With a clear, overt threat. She specifically called out Russia’s illegal invasion of Crimea. And Russia invoked Crimea in response.
“Four years later, Russia used a banned unconventional chemical weapon in heart of UK military establishment: Salisbury.”
“I’ve always thought the attack on Skripal was about more than taking out an ex-Russian spy.
“This is Salisbury. It’s the base of Britain’s military, just outside its biggest training ground.
“It wasn’t (only) a botched assassination. It was a warning.”