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World Rex Tillerson condemns Russia for UK nerve agent attack

14:21  13 march  2018
14:21  13 march  2018 Source:   cnn.com

UK's May says "highly likely" Russia behind nerve attack on spy

  UK's May says British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday it was "highly likely" that Moscow was responsible for the poisoning in England of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter using a military-grade nerve agent.Either the Russian state was directly responsible for the poisoning or it had allowed the poison, which belonged the Novichok group of nerve agents, to get into the hands of others, May told Britain's parliament.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a harsh condemnation of Russia following a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in the United Kingdom last week, going further than the White House's response stopping short of pinning blame for the attack on Moscow.

The Rex Tillerson Story Is Full of Holes. Was it his health? We have full confidence in the UK 's investigation and its assessment that Russia was likely responsible for the nerve agent attack that took place in Salisbury last week.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson holds a news conference with African Union (AU) Commission Chairman Moussa Faki, of Chad, after their meeting at African Union headquarters, Thursday, March 8, 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. © JONATHAN ERNST/AP U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson holds a news conference with African Union (AU) Commission Chairman Moussa Faki, of Chad, after their meeting at African Union headquarters, Thursday, March 8, 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a harsh condemnation of Russia following a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in the United Kingdom last week, going further than the White House's response stopping short of pinning blame for the attack on Moscow.

In a Monday morning call with United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Tillerson discussed the attempted murder of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury, according to a State Department statement.

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Tillerson Goes Farther Than White House, Condemns Russia For UK Nerve Agent Attack . March 12, 2018 at 9:22 pm. Filed Under:Donald Trump, President Donald Trump, Rex Tillerson , Russia , United Kingdom .

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson .Jonathan Ernst / AFP - Getty Images. "As soon as we get the facts straight, if we agree with them, we will condemn Russia or whoever it may be," he said. This appears to be the first time that a nerve agent has been used in Europe since the end of World War II

"We have full confidence in the UK's investigation and its assessment that Russia was likely responsible for the nerve agent attack that took place in Salisbury last week," Tillerson said in the statement.

He continued, "There is never a justification for this type of attack -- the attempted murder of a private citizen on the soil of a sovereign nation -- and we are outraged that Russia appears to have again engaged in such behavior. From Ukraine to Syria -- and now the UK -- Russia continues to be an irresponsible force of instability in the world, acting with open disregard for the sovereignty of other states and the life of their citizens."

The State Department's position on the attack appears be much stronger than the White House's response.

Trump says will talk to UK's May, will condemn Russia 'if we agree'

  Trump says will talk to UK's May, will condemn Russia 'if we agree' U.S. President Donald Trump said the United States still needed to sort out the facts behind the nerve agent attack in Salisbury.Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House, acknowledged that British authorities have accused Russia in the attack on the former Russian double agent who passed secrets to British intelligence, but said he still needed to talk to May before rendering a judgment.

(CNN) US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a harsh condemnation of Russia following a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in the United Kingdom last week, going further than the White House's response stopping short of pinning blame for the attack on Moscow.

The UK has been encouraged by the “strength of support” from allies to take action against Russia after the nerve agent attack on a former spy and his daughter, Boris Johnson said just hours before the US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson , was sacked by Donald Trump.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called the attack "reckless, indiscriminate and irresponsible," but stopped short of blaming Russia.

"We've been monitoring the incident closely, take it very seriously," Sanders said at Monday's news briefing. "The use of a highly lethal nerve agent against UK citizens on UK soil is an outrage. The attack was reckless, indiscriminate and irresponsible. We offer the fullest condemnation, and we extend our sympathy to the victims and their families, and our support to the UK government. We stand by our closest ally and the special relationship that we have."

Pressed further on whether Russia was behind the act, Sanders said, "Right now, we are standing with our UK ally."

Earlier in the day, British Prime Minister Theresa May said Russia was "highly likely" responsible for the attack.

Speaking to reporters while traveling in Africa, Tillerson said the attack "clearly came from Russia" and would "certainly trigger a response." Though it is still unclear to the State Department whether the Russian government was aware of the attack, the substance used in the attack was distinctive.

"This is a substance that is known to us and does not exist widely. It is only in the hands of a very, very limited number of parties. And I don't want to say anything further than that," Tillerson said.

Tillerson called for "appropriately serious consequences" for "both those who committed the crime and those who ordered it."

The White House did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment on whether it accepts the State Department's determination.

CNN's Kevin Liptak and James Masters contributed to this report.

Trump, Macron vow to 'hold Russia accountable' for nerve agent attack .
<p>President Trump on Wednesday condemned Russia's alleged poisoning of a former double agent in the U.K. during a call with French President Emmanuel Macron.</p>Trump and Macron "reiterated their solidarity with the United Kingdom in the wake of Russia's use of chemical weapons against private citizens on British soil and agreed on the need to take action to hold Russia accountable," the White House said in a statement.

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