A rare united message clearly blames Russia for the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal
15 Marzo 2018 15:48
Cold War II? - The leaders of Britain, the US, Germany and France have released a joint statement condemning the Salisbury nerve agent attack, at the same time as saying it is highly likely that Russia carried it out. This rare unified message from Theresa May, Donald Trump, Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron is the product of extensive UK efforts to drum up international support in wake of the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter. ‘This use of a military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russia, constitutes the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the second world war,’ the statement reads.
‘It is an assault on UK sovereignty and any such use by a state party is a clear violation of the chemical weapons convention and a breach of international law. It threatens the security of us all. The United Kingdom thoroughly briefed its allies that it was highly likely that Russia was responsible for the attack. We share the UK assessment that there is no plausible alternative explanation, and note that Russia’s failure to address the legitimate request by the UK government further underlines its responsibility.’
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