Eli Ridder | The Avro Post
United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday that it was a type of military grade nerve agent developed by Russia used to poison a former spy and his daughter in Salisbury earlier this month.
Ms. May said a government investigation concluded that it was “highly likely” that Russia was responsible for the Mar. 4 attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia at a British restaurant.
The Russian Foreign Ministry responded minutes later, describing the prime minister’s statement as a “circus show”.
Russia’s ambassador to the U.K. had been summoned in London to explain whether it was “a direct action by the Russian state” or the result of its military “losing control” of its stock nerve agents.
She said London would consider Ambassador Alexander Vladimirovich Yakovenko’s response before deciding what action to take.
“Should there be no credible response, we will conclude that this action amounts to an unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the United Kingdom,” said added.
The chemical used in the attack has been identified as being part of a group of nerve agents known as “Novichok”, May told the House of Commons on Monday.
May said Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had told the ambassador that Moscow must “immediately provide full and complete disclosure” of the Novichok program to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
Several members of the House of Commons where parliament was gathered condemned the Russian government, with some calling it a “war act”.
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