Russia brands PM's comments a "circus show"

Russia has branded the Prime Minister's suggestion that Moscow was probably behind the Skripal poisoning as a "circus show"

Following a meeting of the national security council, Theresa May updated MPs in the Commons, saying that it was "highly likely" that Russia was responsible for the nerve agent attack on the 4th March.

 A Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman said there had been a "circuits show in the British Parliament" 

The nerve agent used to target Sergei Skripal and his daughter was from the Russian made nerve agent group Novichok, according to the PM. However, this does not nessecary mean that Russia was involved in the attack. A former adviser to the Kremlin has said that it would not make sense to attack an ex-spy "whom no-one needed."

Theresa May spoke to French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday evening who condemned the attack and offered his solidarity with the UK.

Moscow has said that threats to boycott the World Cup would "damage world sport." Theresa May has said that the UK would be willing to use much greater measures against Russia than it has in the past should it be nessecary.

May has given Moscow until the end of Tuesday to give a full response. An emergency meeting of the Government's COBRA committee has been called for 11:30am on Tuesday. The meeting is the third of the committee in just over a week. 

 

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