UK, US, France, Germany condemn attack on ex-spy

PA Wire  PA Images                   Theresa May has set Russia deadline of midnight tonight to respond

May told the House of Commons that 23 Russians diplomats who have been identified as undeclared intelligence officers have a week to leave Britain.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, "The response will come very quickly, I can assure you", Tass reports.

It said Britain would not have to wait long for Russia's response.

"We have never encountered this level of discussion on the global stage", Peskov told reporters.

Yet, it remains to be seen if words of support from Britain's allies will translate into multilateral action.

Sergei Skripal and his daughter remain in a "serious condition" after being exposed to a nerve agent.

More: Who is Sergei Skripal?

Meanwhile the Investigative Committee, which reports to Putin, opened a probe into the "attempted premeditated murder" of Skripal's daughter, a Russian national, which it said had been "carried out in a way that was unsafe to the public".

Russia has now denied that any program under the name Novichok ever existed, despite the evidence presented two decades ago by the Russian scientist Vil Mirzayanov, who revealed its existence after becoming concerned it violated Russia's commitments to the Chemical Weapons Convention.

The condemnation came hours after the United States, Britain, France and Germany jointly condemned the poisoning, naming Russian Federation as the culprit - unlike the Israeli statement, which did not mention Russian Federation or any other country as being behind the incident.

The left-leaning Guardian wrote in an editorial that May was right to set out a "measured retaliatory response".

"The accusations are unsubstantiated, moreover, these accusations surfaced even before any information on the used substance could appear", he said.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that President Vladimir Putin met with members of his national security council Thursday for a "detailed discussion" on the situation with Britain.

Russian Federation this morning said it will expel 23 British diplomats as a diplomatic row between London and Moscow intensifies.

Russian Federation is likely to, at the very least, expel a similar number of British diplomats. But officials are struggling to explain why there appears to have been a significant delay between when they were exposed to the deadly agent and when they got sick.

Speaking further, Zakharova reiterated Moscow's call on London to provide access to the documents related to the "incident".

Besides, Russia was accused of illegal chemical weapon use, which is a violation of the UN Charter.

"After all, what kind of logic was voiced yesterday and what logic is articulated by the so-called expert community?"

UN Security Council had an emergency session on March 14, when Great Britain confirmed that Russian Federation used Novichok agent to poison Skripal and his daughter.

According to the spokeswoman, the recent developments are "a part of a well-thought-out plan".

"At a certain point, we have understood that all these developments are intentional and are not of a random nature". Netanyahu reportedly asked the Foreign Ministry to issue the condemnation instead.

Britain this week ordered the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats and cancelled high-level bilateral contact with the Kremlin.

France, which on Wednesday had said it wanted proof of Russian involvement before deciding whether to take action against Moscow, swung behind Britain on Thursday. They accuse Russian Federation of aggression against their country, and they issue 20-hour ultimatum. "This is reminiscent of a talk show", the spokeswoman noted.

On Friday Russia said it could hit back at Britain at "any minute" with its own raft of punitive measures. The tensions threaten to overshadow Putin's expected re-election Sunday for another six-year presidential term.

The leaders of the United States, Germany and France have joined together with the United Kingdom in accusing Russia of being behind the nerve agent attack on an ex-Russian spy.

Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were found slumped unconscious on a bench outside a shopping centre in the genteel southern English city of Salisbury on March 4.

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