Theresa May Accuses Russia of the Attempted Assassination of Double Agent

By Alexandra Ma and Kieran Corcoran
 

March 12, 2018 "Information Clearing House" -  Britain has formally accused Russia of being behind the attempted murder of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter with nerve agent on its territory.

Prime Minister Theresa May made the claim in a statement to Parliament on Monday afternoon, in which she said Russia either ordered the attack or lost control of whoever carried it out.

She said: "Based on Russiaís record of doing state-sponsored assassinations and our assessment that Russia views some defectors as legitimate targets for assassinations, the government has concluded that it is highly likely that Russia was responsible for the act against Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

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"Either this was a direct act by the Russian state against our country, or the Russian government lost control of its potentially catastrophically damaging nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others."

It came after a National Security Council meeting, where she took evidence from the UK's three intelligence agencies MI5, MI6, and GCHQ.

 

May gave Russia a deadline by which to respond to her statement. She said if they do not, she will conclude that the attack was an "unlawful use of force" by Russia against the UK.

Skripal and his daughter Yulia collapsed in a shopping centre in Salisbury on March 4 after being poisoned with nerve agent. They remain in critical condition.

Skripal was convicted of passing Russian state secrets to British intelligence in the 1990s and early 2000s.

He was pardoned and sent to the UK as part of a spy swap in 2010, in which Russia released four agents to the US and UK in exchange for ten Russian agents in the US.

The Kremlin yet to respond to May's statement.

This article was originally published by "BI" -

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