Theresa May says 'highly likely' Russia is responsible for spy's poisoning

Monday , March 12, 2018 - 12:20 PM

William Booth

(c) 2018, The Washington Post.

LONDON - Prime Minister Theresa said Monday that British investigators had concluded it was “highly likely” that Russia was responsible for the poison attack that left a Russian double agent and his daughter comatose on a park bench last week.

The British leader said the police had had identified the poison as a “military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia.”

She warned that Russia has either engaged in a direct attack against Britain or has lost control of the nerve agent it developed.

As she addressed Parliament, the British leader stopped short of announcing retaliatory actions, saying that she will give Russia a chance to respond to her government’s findings and will return to Parliament on Wednesday with a plan for specific action.

Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter, Yulia, 33, were discovered in a comatose state on a bench near a shopping center in the quiet English city of Salisbury earlier this month. A total of 21 people have received medical treatment after the mysterious attack.


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