The Salisbury (south of London) ‘nerve agent’ poisoning of former Russian army colonel Mr Sergei Skripal and his daughter on which we reported earlier (see our related coverage), has entered the UN security council as the US representative, Ms Nikki Haley, told audiences that the White House administration agrees with the British Parliament that Mr Skripal was most likely poisoned by Russia.
During a tense meeting, Ms Haley stated: "The United States believes that Russia is responsible for the attack on two people in the United Kingdom, using a military-grade nerve agent."
"It must account for its actions. If we don't take immediate, concrete measures to address this now, Salisbury will not be the last place we see chemical weapons used."
<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">RT <a href="https://twitter.com/USUN?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@USUN</a>: Let me make one thing clear from the start, the United States stands in absolute solidarity with Great Britain. We believe that Russia is responsible for the attack on two people in the United Kingdom using a military grade nerve agent. <a href="https://t.co/wrJxV9NGGH">pic.twitter.com/wrJxV9NGGH</a></p>— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) <a href="https://twitter.com/nikkihaley/status/974063788289875968?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 14, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Earlier, US President Donald Trump had also suggested Russia should cooperate with the UK in investigating the poisoning, although he steered clear of suggesting direct Russian culpability in the attempted murders.
Meanwhile the Russian ambassador to the UN, Mr Vassily Nebenzia continued to decry the Kremlin’s innocence in this matter: "Russia had nothing to do with this incident. We have nothing to fear, nothing to hide."
According to Mr Nebenzia, the British Prime Minister Ms Theresa May was trying to create a "hysterical atmosphere" by stating it was "highly likely" Russia was behind the attack.
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"We do not speak the language of ultimatums," Mr Nebenzia continued and then asked Britain to hand over samples of the nerve agent for analysis or at least to provide "material proof" of "the allegedly found Russian trace."