Russia says will not respond to UK ultimatum until it is given samples of nerve agent

Russian foreign minister on the poisoning

Theresa May gave Russia a deadline of 4 pm today to explain the spy poisoning last week. Here is the Russian foreign minister’s response:

  • Told UK ambassador that British stance on spy poisoning is of a provocative nature
  • Says Russian was not involved in poisoning of former double agent
  • Will not respond until it is given a sample of the nerve agent
  • Says will not respond until Britain starts to act in line with the chemical weapons convention, which foresees a joint investigation in such incidents
  • Any threats of sanctions against Moscow will not be left without response

We will have to wait and see what May says in two hours.

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