Nerve agent planted in luggage of Russian agent's daughter

Nerve agent planted in luggage of Russian agent's daughter

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday Russia would order British diplomats to leave the country in response to London's decision to expel 23 staff at the Russian embassy in London.

The US has said it believes Russian Federation is responsible for a high-profile poison attack in Britain, fuelling anti-Moscow sentiments in the West over a raft of worldwide issues.

The aim of the nerve agents appears to have been to circumvent global conventions banning chemical weapons by developing compounds with new structures that would escape detection, experts say.

Haley said Russian Federation "must account for its actions" as a permanent council member entrusted by the United Nations with upholding global peace and security.

In their joint statement, Trump, Macron, Merkel and May cited "a pattern of earlier irresponsible Russian behaviour" and called on Russia to disclose details of its Novichok program to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Russian Federation is expected to take retaliatory measures after Britain's expulsion of the diplomats soon, and a Kremlin spokesman said Thursday that President Vladimir Putin was to determine those measures personally.

Still, Russia has denied any culpability for the act, calling accusations of Kremlin involvement "nonsense".

The minister said that in no situation at all it could be assumed that Moscow was involved in the case of Skripal's poisoning.

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"Their response demonstrated complete disdain for the gravity of these events", May said in her statement to parliament.

Later that evening after speaking with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the nerve agent "clearly came from Russia" but said it was unknown to him whether it was directed by the Russian government.

The United States sent a strong message to Russia regarding its alleged role in the attempted assassination of a former Russian military officer in England on Wednesday, saying it's "a defining moment".

"If we don't take immediate, concrete measures to address this now, Salisbury will not be the last place we see chemical weapons used", she said.

She expelled 23 Russian diplomats thought to be spies from the United Kingdom - giving them a week to get out of the country.

They said Russia's failure to respond to Britain's "legitimate request" for an explanation "further underlines its responsibility".

May will also receive a briefing from public health officials, her spokesman said.

Russian Federation has grown distrustful of the watchdog in connection with the suspected use of chemical weapons in Syria. According to the statement: "The United Kingdom thoroughly briefed its allies that it was highly likely that Russian Federation was responsible for the attack".

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