Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Russian Federation summons British ambassador to foreign ministry

Russian Federation summons British ambassador to foreign ministry

Novichok, the type of nerve agent, which Britain says was used in the attack, could not have been manufactured by "non-state actors", Britain's representative, Jonathan Allen, said.

Lavrov on Friday accused Britain of violating global law and criticized Britain's defense minister for what he called "uneducated" comments about Russian Federation.

Russian Federation insists it had no motive to target Skripal with what Britain says was a highly potent Soviet-designed nerve agent called Novichok, in the first such attack in Europe since World War II.

May said Britain was not alone in confronting Russian aggression, saying that she had discussed the Salisbury attack with U.S. President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron.

"We don't care about the fate of a traitor", said Colonel General Ladygin. "It threatens the security of us all".

While the statement signals a more coordinated response from Britain's closest allies, it lacked any details about specific measures the West would take if Russian Federation failed to comply.

The four nations called upon Moscow to provide full and complete disclosure of its Novichok nerve agent program to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

It comes as the USA announced new sanctions against Russia's top spy agencies and several individuals for cyber attacks and trying to influence the U.S. election.

Sergei Skripal, a former colonel in Russia's GRU military intelligence service, betrayed dozens of Russian spies to British intelligence before he was arrested in Moscow in 2004.

May warned more measures could follow, noting that the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance and the UN Security Council had discussed the attack, while it was also expected to be on the agenda at a European Union summit next week.

Russian Federation denies Britain's allegations that it was involved in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, the former double agent, and his daughter Yulia, in southern England. A British policeman who was also poisoned is in a serious but stable condition.

May pointed the finger firmly at Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday as she outlined retaliatory measures in parliament.

The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on 19 Russians for alleged interference in the 2016 US election, including 13 indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller.

She also said new legislative proposals would be urgently developed to counter any threat from a hostile state.

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a meeting with officials in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, Russia, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. But in 2010 he was given refuge in Britain after being exchanged for Russian spies.

May traveled to Salisbury Thursday in the wake of a nerve agent attack, which left Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia unconscious earlier this month.

Speaking of Russia's role in the gassing, Boris Johnson, Lavrov's British counterpart, said, "They want to simultaneously deny it, yet at the same time to glory in it".

He said his country had no motive to target Skripal, but suggested other players could use the poisoning to "complicate" the World Cup.

British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson called relations between the two countries "exceptionally chilly" and said Russian Federation should "go away and shut up".

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