British Prime Minister Theresa May said that it was “highly likely” that the Russian government was behind the attempted assassination of a former Russian military intelligence officer turned spy for Britain’s MI6 on March 4th.
“It is now clear that Mr. Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia,” May said in the House of Commons. “The government has concluded that it is highly likely that Russia was responsible for the act against Sergei and Yulia Skripal.”
She went on to say that, either the incident was a “direct act of the Russian state against our country,” or evidence that Russia failed to maintain control over its arsenal of banned nerve agents. As a result, the Prime Minister explained, the Russian ambassador has been summoned, stating that she and the UK government are demanding an explanation by the end of the day on Tuesday.
“Should there be no credible response, we will conclude that this action amounts to an unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the United Kingdom, and I will come back to this House and set out the full range of measures we will take in response,” May said.