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White house: US stands with the British attack on Russian ex-spy
Prime Minister Theresa May summoned the Russian Ambassador for an explanation; Moscow denies involvement in the poisoning of Sergey Skripal and his daughter.
Secretary of state Rex Tillerson told reporters on Monday evening, as the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain last week, “apparently came from Russia” and “will certainly trigger a reaction.”
Tillerson added that he did not know whether the Kremlin had knowledge of the 4. March attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia. But he said that the poison could not be created anywhere else and was “only in the hands of a very, very limited number of parties.” He went on to what could follow for an answer.
“There is never a justification for this kind of attack – the attempted murder of a private man on the ground of a sovereign nation and we are outraged that Russia seems to be said with such behavior,” Tillerson said in a statement. “From the Ukraine, Syria and now the UK – Russia continues to be an irresponsible force of instability in the world and act with blatant disregard for the sovereignty of other States and the lives of their citizens.”
Tillerson spoke hours after the British Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons, Moscow was “very likely” to blame for the attack in the southwestern city of Salisbury. Tillerson’s statement said he had “full confidence in the British investigation”, and his assessment of the Russian responsibility.
May said the legislator, that, if your government received a Declaration from Russia until the end of Tuesday, Britain would, about the attack “an unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the United Kingdom.”
“There is no question of business as usual with Russia,” she said, without saying what measures can take England.
Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter remained in a critical condition. A police officer who came in contact with them is in serious, but stable condition.
May said the British scientists have found that the Skripals may have been poisoned with the Novichok, a class of nerve agents developed by the Soviet Union near the end of the Cold war.
She said it was “very likely” the substance, which came from Russia, and there were two possible explanations.
“Either that was a direct action by the Russian state against our country, or the Russian government lost control of this potentially disastrous nerve agent damage, and allows it, in the hands of others,” she said.
May added that Russia must also “provide full and complete disclosure” of its Novichok program and the organization for the prohibition of Chemical weapons, the supervision of the international chemical weapons Convention.
The Russian foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova dismissed the allegations as a “circus show in the British Parliament.”
The White house said the use of the nerve agent “is a scandal”, but was not prepared to say that Russia was responsible. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders called of intoxication is “reckless, indiscriminate and irresponsible,” adding that the US offers its allies.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.