Britain says likely that Russia's Putin made decision for nerve agent attack

Mi G-31 fighter jet of the Russian air force carrying the new Kinzhal hypersonic missile prepares to take off from an air base in southern

Mi G-31 fighter jet of the Russian air force carrying the new Kinzhal hypersonic missile prepares to take off from an air base in southern

The comment came on the same day the Trump administration announced it is enacting new sanctions on Russian individuals indicted last month by special counsel Robert Mueller.

"Our quarrel is with Putin's Kremlin and with his decision - and we think it is overwhelmingly likely that it was his decision - to direct the use of a nerve agent on the streets of the United Kingdom, on the streets of Europe, for the first time since the Second World War". Speaking at a news briefing Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova accused London of making "insane" accusations while refusing to provide Moscow with any evidence.

As the worldwide scandal gathers pace, Skripal and his daughter remain in critical condition after exposure to the Soviet-designed chemical Novichok on March 4 in the southwestern English city of Salisbury.

The leader of Britain's main opposition party says the government shouldn't rush to blame Moscow for the nerve agent poisoning of a former spy.

Russia is set to expel British diplomats in retaliation for Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to kick out 23 Russians as relations with London crashed to a post-Cold War low over an attack involving a military-grade nerve agent on English soil.

The Kremlin has repeatedly denied any involvement in the killing.

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Peskov on Thursday said Russian President Vladimir Putin would ultimately choose the option that "most suits Moscow's interests".

May's office said in a statement that the two leaders spoke about the attempted murder of former spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter, Yulia.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Friday that Moscow would expand its own "black list" of Americans, adding that additional measures have not yet been ruled out.

Lavrov on Friday accused Britain of violating global law and criticized Britain's defense minister for what he called "uneducated" comments about Russian Federation. United Kingdom officials believe they were exposed to a nerve agent known as Novichok that was developed in Russian Federation.

The United States, France and Germany on Thursday formally backed Britain's claims that Russian Federation likely was responsible for the attack, calling it the "first offensive use of a nerve agent" in Europe since World War II.

Lavrov also lashed out at Britain for not providing consular access to Yulia Skripal, who along with her father is in critical condition at a Salisbury hospital. "There is to be no Russophobia as a result of what is happening", Johnson told reporters at the Battle of Britain bunker from which World War Two fighter operations were controlled.

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