UK, US, Germany and France condemn Russian Federation for spy attack

17 March, 2018, 01:32 | Author: Elaine Woods
  • Russia responsible for chemical attack: Haley

A spokesman for the French government said yesterday: "We don't do fantasy politics". The statement was promoted on Twitter with a hashtag #WeAreNATO.

Relations between the two countries have crashed to a post-Cold War low over an attack on Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy for the West, and his daughter Yulia in the southern English city of Salisbury on March 4.

"Russia has nothing to do with what happened to Mr Skripal and his daughter, Yulia", Tereshchenko said.

British officials say the chemical nerve agent used in the attack is known as Novichok, which was developed by the Soviet Union and inherited by Russian Federation.

May told MPs on Wednesday there can be "no alternative conclusion" other than the Russian state being responsible for their attempted murder.

Political relations between Podgorica and Moscow have deteriorated in recent years due to Montenegro's decision to join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in last June, which the Kremlin strongly opposed.

Sergei Skripal moved to Salisbury after being jailed for passing Russian state secrets to British intelligence while working for the Russian government in the 1990s. Russia has denied any involvement and has accused London of whipping up anti-Russian hysteria.

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"Perhaps it's clear that London has found itself in a very hard situation over Brexit negotiations with the European Union", Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters.

Yesterday, Ms May said 23 Russian diplomats would be expelled from the country after the Kremlin failed to respond to a 24-hour deadline to explain the Novichok nerve agent attack.

Russian Federation is expected to take retaliatory measures soon.

England are facing the risk of playing in this summer's World Cup without their media being present at the event after Russian Foreign Minister Maria Zakharova threatened to expel all United Kingdom media from the country.

"This represents an unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the United Kingdom", May said in her response to the attack.

"President Macron said that France completely shares the U.K.'s assessment that there is no plausible explanation other than that Russian Federation was responsible for the attack and he once again expressed his full support for the U.K.as a close and strong ally", the statement said.

The UN ambassador told a meeting of the UN Security Council on Thursday the us agrees with British officials that a Russian defector and his daughter were likely poisoned by Russian agents in Salisbury, England, last week. A "very sad situation" that the U.S. was taking "very seriously".

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