The leaders of France, Germany, the US and UK say there is “no plausible alternative explanation” to Russia having been behind the nerve agent attack in the UK.
They condemned the “first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War”, calling it an assault on UK sovereignty.
In Washington, US President Donald Trump said “it certainly looks like the Russians were behind it”.
The UK has expelled Russian diplomats.
“We do hold Russia culpable for this brazen, brazen act and despicable act,” Prime Minister Theresa May said during a visit to the site of the attack in Wiltshire.
Mr Trump said it was a “very sad situation” that the US was taking “very seriously”.
In France, President Emmanuel Macron is to snub the official Russian stand at the Paris book fair on Thursday, officials said. Earlier Mr Macron said he would announce more measures in the coming days.
Russia has denied any involvement and vowed a swift response to the expulsion of 23 of its diplomats, whom the UK said were operating as spies.
I couldn’t find a thread on this despite it being such big news. Perhaps I overlooked something, but it seems like it’s worth a thread.
This is very troubling news, and I’d be concerned as to how this might escalate. The UK has expelled Russian diplomats from the country and is going to impose economic sanctions on Russia, although only reasonably minor ones. It will be interesting to see how Russia escalates things from here.