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EU leaders agree Russia 'highly likely' to blame for Skripal attack

EU leaders agree Russia 'highly likely' to blame for Skripal attack

EU leaders have agreed it is 'highly likely' that Russia was behind the nerve agent attack on Sergei & Yulia Skripal on March 4 in Salisbury.

The agreement comes following a working dinner at the European Council in Brussels on Thursday night, where the leaders decided there was 'no other plausible explanation' for the attack. 

European Council President Donald Tusk posted on Twitter "#EUCO agrees with UK government that highly likely Russia is responsible for #SalisburyAttack and that there is no other plausible explanation."

Theresa May has welcomed the agreement from the other leaders, and said "the threat that Russia poses respects no borders and it is a threat to our values".

 

What happens next?

It is thought other EU states including Poland, France and the three Baltic states could expel suspected Russian spies.

A spokesperson for Downing Street said "the leaders agreed on the importance of sending a strong European message in response to Russia's actions and agreed to remain in close contact in coming days." 

 

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