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UK fears Russia may use chemical weapons

Britain is very concerned about the possible use of chemical weapons by Russia in Ukraine, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss says.

Truss warned it would be a grave mistake for Russian President Vladimir Putin to use them.

“We are very concerned about the potential use of chemical weapons,” Truss told CNN.

“We have seen Russia use these weapons before in fields of conflict, but that would be a grave mistake on the part of Russia, adding to the grave mistakes already being made by Putin.”

The comments come a day after the United States denied renewed Russian accusations that Washington was operating biowarfare labs in Ukraine.

It called the claims “laughable” and suggested Moscow may be laying the groundwork to use a chemical or biological weapon.

Earlier on Thursday, Britain’s armed forces minister James Heappey was asked whether the use of chemical weapons might cross a “red line” that led to cause NATO members becoming involved in the conflict.

“I don’t think it is helpful to get into any firm commitment right now about where that red line sits, but I think President Putin needs to be very clear that when other countries have used chemical weapons it has caused an international response,” he told BBC radio.

“I think he (Putin) should reflect very urgently on what has happened to other countries where they have used this.”

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