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UK foreign Secretary drags Ethiopia in Salisbury controversy
Boris Johnson

UK foreign Secretary drags Ethiopia in Salisbury controversy

As the United Kingdom (UK) continues to accuse Russia of using a nerve agent attack as an attempt to assassinate one-time Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter within the soils of the United Kingdom, the UK is hoping Ethiopian new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) will sway their way and support them in their drive to isolate Russia at the United Nations Security Council, which Ethiopia is a temporary member.

“Congratulations to Dr. Abiy Ahmed on becoming new Ethiopia (sic) Prime Minister,” United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said. “Big shared agenda to work on, from development and political reform to Somalia, South Sudan and Salisbury.”

The United Kingdom has pointed its finger at Russia, demonizing the Russian state as committing “an act of aggression” and helped downgrade its relationship by recalling its diplomats, including the expelling of 23 intelligences officers from the Russian embassy in London. 

While Russia is denying the accusations, British security forces are convinced with a “high degree of confidence in its location” the Russians are involved and that they know the Russian lab that produced the nerve agent, novichok.

“As members of the UN Security Council, the UK and Ethiopia work together daily on responding to threats to international peace and security around the globe,” said Alastair Arnold, the British Embassy political head and embassy spokesperson in Addis Ababa. “The recent nerve agent attack in the UK town of Salisbury was an indiscriminate and reckless act which breached international law and the Chemical Weapons Convention”.

“We therefore look forward to working with Prime Minister Abiy’s Government on ensuring a strong international response”, he added.

In a related news, London’s Victoria and Albert museum is refusing to return looted Ethiopian 19th century artifacts, including gold crowns and chalice belonging to Ethiopia. Currently displayed at the museum, it is only agreeing to “loan” it to Ethiopia and not return it for good.

This, as the Ethiopian government has been launching efforts for its return, including a formal restitution of claim in 2007.

“The speediest way, if Ethiopia wanted to have these items on display is a long-term loan,” the director of the museum, Tristram Hunt, told the Guardian newspaper.