White House refuses to blame Russia for poisoning of Russian spy

Leslie Hanson
March 13, 2018

The US has backed Britain in condemning the nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.

Sanders spoke shortly after British Prime Minister Theresa May told British lawmakers that either the government of Vladimir Putin was directly behind the attack, or Moscow "lost control of this potentially catastrophically damaging nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others".

But when White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked repeatedly about the incident at a press conference in Washington DC later on Monday, she would not say whether the American government agreed with this attribution, and did not mention Russian Federation by name.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the United States government condemns the attack, but did not mention Russian Federation by name. "The use of a highly lethal nerve agent against United Kingdom citizens on United Kingdom soil is an outrage. The attack was reckless, indiscriminate and irresponsible".

May said she came to the conclusion based on an investigation of the chemical agent used in the attack in Salisbury and the knowledge that Russian Federation has produced this agent before. "We offer the fullest condemnation". "We're going to continue to keep working with the U.K. We certainly stand with them throughout this process".

"Like I just said", Sanders interrupted, repeating herself, "we stand with our ally and we fully support them and are ready if we can be of any assistance". All remain in serious condition.

It has since emerged that they were exposed to a "military grade nerve agent" developed by Russia, Mrs May told MPs in the House of Commons earlier.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Russian Federation reportedly dismissed the British claims a "circus show", a "provocation" and "nonsense", even suggesting the attack on the Skripals may have been a false flag.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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