Putin Pressed to Explain Spy Poison Attack

Prime Minister Theresa May as said that Moscow must explain by midnight how a Russian-made nerve agent was used against Russian former-double agent Sergei Skripal, along with his daughter, in Salisbury last week.

The UK Foreign Office has said the country will respond ‘robustly’ if Moscow is found responsible, which Ms. May has claimed is ‘highly likely.’

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has, however, turned down the deadline, maintaining that the accusations are ‘nonsense’ and that ‘we’ve got nothing to do with‘ the use of the nerve agent on Mr. Skripal and his daughter.

President Putin himself turned down a question on the matter on the basis that there is no evidence for Moscow’s involvement, adding that the UK needs to ‘get to the bottom of things there, then we’ll discuss this.’

Commenting on the accusations leveled against Russia in this event, Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens has argued that ‘some people have jumped too readily to conclusions [that this was a Russian state operation] without facts’ and that we are simply ‘goading Russia into a ‘dirty war’ we cannot win.’

More to follow.

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