Bri­tish PM: Rus­sia ‘highly likely’ be­hind poi­son­ing

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Nation + World -

LON­DON » Rus­sia is “highly likely” to blame for poi­son­ing a for­mer spy and his daugh­ter with a mil­i­tary-grade nerve agent, Bri­tish Prime Minister Theresa May said Mon­day, de­mand­ing that Moscow give a com­pelling ex­pla­na­tion or face “ex­ten­sive” re­tal­i­a­tion.

May told law­mak­ers in a strongly worded state­ment that with­out a cred­i­ble re­sponse from Rus­sia by the end of Tues­day, Bri­tain would con­sider the at­tack on Sergei Skri­pal and his daugh­ter in a quiet English city “an un­law­ful use of force by the Rus­sian state against the United King­dom.”

“There can be no ques­tion of business as usual with Rus­sia,” she said, with­out say­ing what mea­sures Bri­tain might take.

Rus­sian For­eign Min­istry spokes­woman Maria Zakharova dis­missed May’s al­le­ga­tions as a “cir­cus show in the Bri­tish Par­lia­ment.”

Skri­pal, 66, and his 33-year-old daugh­ter, Yu­lia, re­main in crit­i­cal con­di­tion af­ter be­ing found un­con­scious March 4 in Sal­is­bury.

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