World Leaders Join Britain In Blaming Russia For Spy Attack

Investigators in protective suits work at the scene in the Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury England Tuesday

Previously, Russian officials have denied all of London's claims that Moscow had somehow been involved in the incident.

President Trump joined Britain's Theresa May, France's Emmanuel Macron and Germany's Angela Merkel in a statement pointing to Russian Federation for the poisoning of a former spy living in Britain: "This use of a military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russian Federation, constitutes the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War".

While Britain has accused the Russian state of ordering the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson took it a step further Friday and said it's "overwhelmingly likely" that Putin himself ordered the attack.

In a sign of just how tense the relationship has become, British and Russian ministers used openly insulting language while the Russian ambassador said Britain was trying to divert attention from the difficulties it was having managing its exit from the EU. Sergei Skripal was a double agent for the UK's intelligence services who was arrested by Russian Federation in 2004.

In conclusion, Lenarz argued that "The Prime Minister demonstrated today that not only should our enemies think twice before they attack but that she is a worthy adversary".

"This use of a military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russian Federation, constitutes the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War".

The poisoning in Salisbury of a former colonel of Russia's Main Intelligence Directorate, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter Yulia "threatens the security of all of us", says a joint statement of the French, German, U.S. and United Kingdom leaders released on Thursday.

Rather than fear the consequences of the current situation or a "third world war", Alexander Vassiliev, a Russian journalist, espionage historian and ex-KGB officer who has lived in London for 22 years, identifies a sense frustration in the Russian community with the aggressive stance of the United Kingdom government and the lack of cooperation between the two countries. That bolsters the belief that the nerve agent was brought into the home inadvertently by Miss Skripal. The ingredients to make Novichok are relatively cheap and accessible, but mixing them together is extremely risky, which suggests the nerve agent was brought to the U.K.as a finished product.

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George Galloway has said the "nest" of Russian immigrants murdering and robbing each other should "take themselves and their money" back to Russia, following the poisoning of Sergei Skripal. "They could be used here in NY or in cities of any country that sits on this council". "Or in any city or country that sits on this council", Haley said.

"This is a defining moment ... The credibility of this (UN Security) Council will not survive if we fail to hold Russian Federation accountable".

The NATO military alliance demanded answers from Russian Federation.

While many British politicians have backed the government in blaming Moscow for the nerve agent attack, the U.K.'s main opposition leader has cautioned against a rush to judgment.

One analyst said it's unlikely that the body would apply its famous Article 5. "It is expensive, it is risky, it is in nobody's interest", Stoltenberg said. I expect consultations to lead to a common response.

Dozens of passersby and schoolchildren crowded outside the city's Guildhall to get a view of May as she met emergency service workers, police and local politicians.

Such disclosures were among the measures reportedly contemplated, and abandoned, by the Obama administration to punish Russian election-meddling in 2016.

It has vowed a swift response to the expulsion.

Meanwhile, Mr. Trump addressed recent shakeups in White House staff, referring to the drama surrounding his firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replacing him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo "very false".

"The response to date has been too slow and on too small a scale ..."

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