Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

US says Russia ´responsible´ for spy attack in Britain

US says Russia ´responsible´ for spy attack in Britain

The leaders of the United States, France, Germany and Britain say they are united in blaming Russian Federation for a nerve agent attack on former spy Sergei Skripal.

"Our quarrel is with Putin's Kremlin, and with his decision, and we think it is overwhelmingly likely that it was his decision to direct the use of a nerve agent on the streets of the United Kingdom, on the streets of Europe, for the first time since the second World War", Johnson told reporters in the British capital. They are both in critical condition. Time and time again, member states say they oppose the use of chemical weapons under any circumstance. British officials claim that the toxin used was developed in the Soviet Union and that Moscow was culpable either for carrying out the attack or for losing control of the poison.

"They tried to protect this relationship between Russia and [the] U.K. But Russia's president and these people who are in power in Russia did not accept it".

The UK this week accused the Russian government of orchestrating a chemical-weapons attack on British soil targeting Sergei Skripal, a former double agent.

London demanded that Russian Federation disclose details of an alleged secret project behind the nerve agent within 36 hours, saying otherwise it would consider the Kremlin responsible.

Dmitry Peskov, Putin's spokesman, responded to Bloomberg over text message: "We have said on different levels and occasions that Russian Federation has nothing to do with this story".

"We consider the British position absolutely irresponsible with regard to diplomatic relations, as well as final goals and interests of a real investigation and search for the people who are behind this and from the point of view of violation of the global law by the British side, which is also obvious", Peskov said.

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British authorities said they were poisoned with Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent developed in Russian Federation.

"This use of a military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russian Federation, constitutes the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War", the statement said.

"We demand material proof of the alleged Russian nerve agent traces from this event".

"This is a defining moment", Haley continued. The United Kingdom briefed thoroughly its allies that it was highly likely that Russian Federation was responsible for the attack. "The credibility of this Council will not survive if we fail to hold Russian Federation accountable".

"This was not just an act of attempted murder in Salisbury - nor just an act against U.K.", May said on Wednesday.

According to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, there is no record of Novichok nerve agents having been declared by any nation that signed the Chemical Weapons convention.

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