British Prime Minister May Blames Russia for Nerve Agent Attack on Former Spy
British Prime Minister May Blames Russia for Nerve Agent Attack on Former Spy. The British Prime Minister Theresa May said in the House of Commons that Russia is ‘most likely’ responsible for the attack on the former spy Skripal and his daughter.
The nerve gas ‘Novichok’ was developed for Russian, military purposes, she said. Whether the Russian state is behind the poisoning is not yet clear. According to her, there are two options: either the Russian state was directly responsible for the poisoning, or the Russian government allowed the poison to be delivered.
May asked the Russian ambassador in London for an explanation. If there is no credible explanation, she considers Russia responsible for this violence on British soil. The country will then take further measures against Russia.
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs finds the accusations about the poison “a circus.” The May statements are part of a political campaign that is provocative, the ministry informed.
The Russian president Putin has, according to Russian media in Krasnodar, stressed that the British must first properly investigate the matter and that afterward it can be discussed. Putin blamed ‘the not always objective British media to do some kind of’ information gymnastics’ in this case.
The victims were found unconscious on a bench last Sunday in Salisbury and are still in a coma. In and around Salisbury, places are still being deposited and investigated because of possible contamination with the poison. The agent who first found the unconscious couple is still in a critical condition, but according to May, his situation is stable.