Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Spy poisoning: Putin most likely behind attack, says Britain

Spy poisoning: Putin most likely behind attack, says Britain

A Russian election monitoring group says government authorities forced the closure of a center created to collect complaints of violations in Sunday's presidential vote.

The growing diplomatic scandal over the poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain will not disrupt Russia's presidential campaign, Vladimir Putin's spokesman has said.

Speaking of Putin, Johnson on Friday said: "We think it 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".

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said it's "highly likely" the Kremlin is responsible for the March 4 attack against Skripal and his daughter.

Leaders from the United States, Germany and France joined the accusing Russian Federation of being behind the attack in a statement Thursday.

The quartet wrote "there is no plausible alternative explanation" except Russian responsibility for the attack on British soil, and the Kremlin's failure to respond to a "legitimate request" for an explanation "further underlines its responsibility".

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Mentioning Putin in the context of Sergei Skripal's poisoning "is nothing but shocking and unforgiveable behaviour from the point of view of diplomacy", Peskov said.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has addressed the issue of Sergei Skripal's alleged poisoning attack, claimed by the United Kingdom's Prime Minister Theresa May to be "highly likely" an attempted murder carried out by Russian Federation. They remain in a critical condition.

President Vladimir Putin has launched a televised appeal for Russians to vote in the upcoming presidential elections, warning those that fail to vote that the decision will be made without taking their opinion into account.

In response to Mrs May's Commons address, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said it was not up to the PM to pass judgement on Mr Lavrov.

A Russian lawmaker blamed Britain Saturday for the escalating tensions.

Corbyn's leftwing views have in the past drawn criticism of many of his own MPs, and several among them have defied him to back the Conservative government's position.

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