Russian Federation could announce measures against Britain "any minute"

Elias Hubbard
March 17, 2018

Russia's top agency for major crimes was also investigating the attack on Yulia Skripal, who is a Russian citizen. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg followed that up Friday by saying that the incident reflected a Russian "pattern of reckless behavior" that includes cyberattacks and election meddling.

Meanwhile, investigators say 131 people may have been exposed to the chemical used in the attack in Salisbury.

Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a bench outside the Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury. Trump, echoing the British government, said it looked as though Moscow was behind the attack.

In a rare joint statement, the leaders of Britain, France, Germany and the U.S. on Thursday condemned the nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia as an "assault on United Kingdom sovereignty".

Mr Stoltenberg said the incident was part of a "pattern of reckless behaviour" from Russian Federation following allegations of cyber attacks and election meddling in recent years.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday the alliance did not want a return to Cold War hostilities with Russian Federation while expressing support for Britain's stance.

"We have repeatedly said that Russian Federation has no relation to that [the attack]", he added. The two, along with a police officer who was the first to aid the pair, remain hospitalized.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn says in a newspaper column that politicians must not "rush way ahead of the evidence being gathered by the police".

While Britain has accused the Russian state of ordering the poisoning of the Skripals, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson took it a step further Friday and said it's "overwhelmingly likely" that Putin himself ordered the attack.

But to the West, they are raising similar concerns. "They're going to have to decide whether or not they want to be a good actor or a bad actor". "Nobody talked to the doctors".

Russian Federation is expected to expel its own British diplomats in response to May's decision, sparking the tit-for-tat diplomatic war between the two countries that West is warning the world about. The ministry said the missile, which carried a conventional warhead, hit a practice target at a firing range in southern Russian Federation.

"I have long argued Vladimir Putin is not - and has never been - America's friend", Graham said in a statement.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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