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 It was likely Putin's decision to use nerve agent in UK, FM Johnson says

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson says that the U.K.'s government believes that it was likely Putin's decision to direct the use of a nerve agent on the streets of the U.K.

As reported by Censor.NET citing the AFP, Johnson Friday said during a museum visit in west London alongside his Polish counterpart Jacek Czaputowiczhe that the government's "quarrel" was with President Vladimir Putin rather than the Russian people.

"Our quarrel is with Putin's Kremlin, and with his decision, and we think it overwhelmingly likely that it was his decision to direct the use of a nerve agent on the streets of the UK, on the streets of Europe, for the first time since the Second World War," the diplomat stressed.

"That is why we are at odds with Russia," he said.

As reported, Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and daughter Yulia Skripal, 33, remain critically ill in hospital, after they were found unconscious on a bench in the Wiltshire city on March 4. The UK government says they were poisoned with a nerve agent of a type developed by Russia called Novichok and PM Theresa May said she believed Moscow was "culpable."

Mrs May has said the UK will expel 23 Russian diplomats as part of a "full and robust" response – prompting Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to say it will "certainly" expel British diplomats in response.

On Friday, Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance had "no reason to doubt the findings and assessments by the British government" which suggested Russian responsibility. He said the "UK is not alone" and Nato allies gave "strong political support" to Britain, following a joint statement from the US, France and Germany backing Mrs May's government and a pledge of support from Australia.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n3055999
 
 
 
 
 
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