Prime Minister Theresa May accusing Russia for the Poisson Affair( Photo; Associated Press)

(Moscow Ap) Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov gestures during a meeting with South Korean head of National Security Chung Eui-yong at the Russian foreign ministry in Moscow March 13, 2018. Russia will only cooperate with Britain on the investigation into last week’s poisoning of an ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia if it receives samples of the nerve agent that is believed to have been used, Russia’s foreign minister Lavrov said Tuesday, at the same time as the American Foreign Minister Rex Tillerson is leaving office, writes Associated Press.

Spoke on Telephone

Trump spoke by telephone on Tuesday with British Prime Minister Theresa May. The White House says Trump agreed with May that the Russian government must provide «unambiguous answers» on how the chemical came to be used in Britain.The White House says May and Trump also agreed on the need for «consequences» for those who use «heinous weapons in flagrant violation of international norms.» May told British lawmakers on Monday it is «highly likely» that Russia is to blame for the attack this month on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the city of Salisbury this month.

Poisoned with nerve gas

British police and intelligence reports say the Skripals were poisoned by a military grade nerve agent produced in Russia. Britain says U.S. President Donald Trump has assured Prime Minister Theresa May that the U.S. is «with the U.K. all the way» and said Russia must provide clear answers about the nerve-agent poisoning of a former spy.
May’s office says Trump and the British leader spoke by phone on Tuesday afternoon. Downing Street says May reiterated Britain’s view that «it was highly likely that Russia was responsible for the attack against Sergei and Yulia Skripal.» It says Trump «said the U.S. was with the U.K. all the way, agreeing that the Russian government must provide unambiguous answers as to how this nerve agent came to be used.»

Midnight Deadline

Russia says it will not meet a British deadline of midnight Tuesday to provide answers unless the U.K. shares samples of the nerve agent. Russia’s Foreign Ministry has sternly warned Britain against shutting the office of Russian state-funded RT television, saying it will lead to the closure of British media’s bureaus in Moscow.
The ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said in televised remarks Tuesday that «not a single British media outlet will be able to work in our country if they close RT.» Zakharova’s statement came in response to a warning by British media regulator Ofcom that RT could be stripped of its broadcasting license in the U.K. in the wake of the nerve agent attack on former spy Sergei Skripal. The Russian Embassy in London says Moscow won’t respond to a British ultimatum unless it gets samples of the nerve agent used in the attack on a former spy and his daughter.
The embassy posted the comment Tuesday on Twitter after Russia suggested that Britain has a duty under the chemical weapons treaty to jointly investigate the nerve agent. Britain has rejected such a notion.

Russian involvement

British Prime Minister Theresa May has said Russia’s involvement in the March 4 poisoning of Sergei Skripal, a Russian who spied for Britain, and his 33-year-old daughter, Yulia, is «highly likely.»May gave the country a deadline of midnight Tuesday to explain how a Russian-made nerve agent came to be used in an English city, or face retaliatory measures. The embassy tweeted: «Moscow will not respond to London’s ultimatum until it receives samples of the chemical substance to which the UK investigators are referring.»Denmark’s prime minister has said «the use of chemical weapons in a peaceful English town … brings back memories of the Cold War.»Lars Loekke Rasmussen was commenting Tuesday on the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in southern England.Loekke Rasmussen told Denmark’s TV2 that his country would consult «with our allies what countermeasures it can lead to.»

Sympathy with Britain

The Danish government leader also expressed «sympathy with the people affected and solidarity with Britain.»
May told Britain’s Parliament it is «highly likely» Russia was to blame for the March 4 attack. British police and intelligence reports say that Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripals were poisoned by a military grade nerve agent produced in Russia. The Russian Foreign Ministry says it has handed the British ambassador a note of protest regarding the accusations leveled against Moscow over last week’s poisoning of an ex-Russian spy.
Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia remain hospitalized in critical condition after being exposed to a military-grade nerve agent.British Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed retaliatory measures if Russia offers no explanation for how the nerve agent developed in the Soviet Union came to poison the former spy and his daughter in a British city.

Russian protest

The Russian Foreign Ministry says it has summoned British Ambassador Laurie Bristow and handed him a protest note over the «baseless accusations» leveled against Russia. The ministry dismissed the reaction of British authorities to the attack as «provocative» and said it suspects the poisoning is «another unscrupulous attempt of the British authorities to discredit Russia.»Britain’s government is considering how to deal with the poisoning of an ex-spy as it awaits a Russian government response to its claim that Russian was involved. Officials said Tuesday Prime Minister Theresa May is reviewing a range of economic and diplomatic measures.May has said it is «highly likely» Russia was involved in the nerve agent poisoning of 66-year-old Sergei Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia. Both remain in critical condition.The prime minister says Russia has until the end of Tuesday to explain its actions in the case, which focuses on a former Russian military intelligence officer who was convicted of spying for Britain and then released in a spy swap.Former foreign minister David Miliband has urged May to seek support from Europe and the United States.Britain has given Russia until midnight Tuesday to explain how a Russian-made nerve agent came to be used in an English city, or face retaliatory measures.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is accusing Britain( Photo: Ap)

 

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