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World UK readies response to Russia after spy deadline passes

14:33  14 march  2018
14:33  14 march  2018 Source:   ap.org

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.

LONDON (AP) — Britain's prime minister was chairing a meeting of the country's national security council Wednesday after Moscow ignored a midnight deadline to explain how a nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union was used against a former spy in England.

poison, Russia , Spying , United Kingdom . LONDON (AP) — Britain’s prime minister chaired a meeting of the country’s national security council Wednesday after Moscow ignored a midnight deadline to explain how a nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union was used against a former spy

Investigators in protective suits work at the scene in the Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury, England, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. The use of Russian-developed nerve agent Novichok to poison ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter makes it © The Associated Press Investigators work at the scene at Maltings shopping center in Salisbury, England, on Tuesday.  LONDON — Britain's prime minister was chairing a meeting of the country's national security council on Wednesday after Moscow ignored a midnight deadline to explain how a nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union was used against a former spy in England.

Theresa May is set to announce a range of economic and diplomatic measures against Russia in response to the assault on Sergei and Yulia Skripal. The father and daughter remain in critical condition in a hospital in Salisbury, southwestern England.

Rex Tillerson condemns Russia for UK nerve agent attack

  Rex Tillerson condemns Russia for UK nerve agent attack 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.

The UK 's deadline has now passed for Russia to explain itself over accusations it was behind the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal with a nerve agent. Another potential response from the UK is to revoke the broadcasting license of Russia 's news and propaganda arm RT ( Russia Today).

Britain's prime minister was chairing a meeting of the country's national security council Wednesday after Moscow ignored a midnight deadline to explain how a nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union was used against a former spy in England.Theresa May is set to announce a

May said Monday that Russia is "highly likely" to blame, and that Moscow faced "extensive" retaliation if it could not explain how the nerve agent came to be used.

She is due to update lawmakers later on what Britain will do to respond. It is likely to expel Russian diplomats, withdraw British officials from this summer's soccer World Cup in Russia and impose financial sanctions on Russians linked to President Vladimir Putin.

Moscow said it would not comply with Britain's demands unless the government provides samples of the poison collected by investigators.

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday that Russia "rejects the language of ultimatums."

Peskov said Britain has so far only offered "baseless accusations which are not backed up by any evidence" and said Russia would cooperate with the investigation but does not see Britain's willingness to reciprocate.

Britain has sought support from allies in the European Union and NATO, including the United States. May's office says President Donald Trump told the prime minister the U.S. was "with the U.K. all the way."


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