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World leaders condemn Russia for counter-attack
USA, Germany and France issue statement of solidarity, stating that they agree with the British view that Russia was responsible for the nerve-agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter.
The Trump government said on Saturday it is considering a number of options to say in response to the poisoning of the former Russian spy in Britain earlier this month, but declined to whether the UK will follow in the expulsion of Russian diplomats.
At the beginning of this week, 23 Russian diplomats were expelled from London in response to the 4. March has been said to poisoning by Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia, the British authorities did with the Soviet Union produced, military-grade nerve agent. On Friday, the 23 British diplomats were expelled from Moscow in retaliation.
“The United States stands firmly with the United Kingdom in condemning Russia’s outrageous, action, White House spokesman Raj Shah said on Saturday. “The President is always considering the options Russia is responsible, in response to their malicious activities.”
At the same time, the officials of the State Department’s Heather Nauert made a similar statement, makes it clear that the administration will announce each action Saturday on the role.
“The United States is considering a range of options to respond to Russia’s actions in the UK is outrageous, both to show our solidarity with our allies and hold Russia accountable for its clear violations of international norms and agreements,” says Nauert.
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The Trump administration’s statements come a day after a number of countries of the European Union said that, you can follow the United Kingdom in the expulsion of Russian diplomats.
At a summit in Brussels on Friday, the 28 EU heads of state agreed with the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, that it is “very likely” the Kremlin is responsible for the attack on the Skripals.
The White House National Security Council, allegedly, trump recommended for the expulsion of Russian diplomats. Trump’s critics have repeatedly said the President is supportive of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s leadership style.
Trump at the start of this week has not congratulated Putin on his successful re-election, despite, allegedly, it is recommended to make the call. The Federal government is also investigating whether the 2016 Trump presidential campaign, in cooperation with Russia.
Before Trump came in may, and the leaders of France and Germany condemn in the strongest possible terms the attack.
“It is an attack on British sovereignty, and such use by a Contracting state is a clear violation of the Convention on chemical weapons, and a violation of international law. It is the safety of all of us at risk”, they said in a rare joint statement.
The Quartet wrote: “there is no plausible alternative explanation” except for Russian responsibility for the attack on British soil, and the Kremlin is the absence of a response to a “legitimate request” for a Declaration “underlines their responsibility.”
“We call on Russia to live up to your responsibility as a member of the UN security Council to maintain international peace and security,” the statement said.
Russia has vehemently any involvement in the poisoning, saying that it had destroyed denied his chemical weapons and had no motive to kill Skripal was convicted of spying for Britain, but published in a 2010 spy swap.
Fox News’ rich Edson, Lucia Suarez and John Roberts and The Associated Press contributed to this report.