Geneva, Mar 14 (AP) Britain’s ambassador in Geneva has lashed out at Russia, denouncing its alleged violations of international law, its actions in war-torn Syria, its “deeply alarming” domestic human rights situation and its “highly likely” role in the poisoning of a former Russian intelligence officer in Britain.

Speaking at the UN’s top human rights body, Ambassador Julian Braithwaite said Russia’s “reckless behaviour is an affront to all that this body stands for.” Referring to the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England on March 4, Braithwaite told the Human Rights Council on Wednesday that “Either Russia has deliberately flouted the rules-based international order, or it has lost control of its own chemical weapons.” Russia has denied it is responsible for the poisoning.

Braithwaite also criticized Russia’s “illegal annexation” of Crimea, its “continued undermining of Georgia’s territorial integrity” and its role in Syria’s conflict. (AP) UZM

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