US backs Theresa May in Russian Spy poisoning

The White House has expressed its solidarity with the UK after Theresa May expelled 23 Russian diplomats following the poisoning of Sergei Skripal.

A joint statement has been released by France, Germany, America and Britain, condemning the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury.

They claim Russia was behind the attack and that it has been the first use of a chemical nerve agent since the second world war.

Whilst on a visit to Salisbury this afternoon, the Prime Minister Theresa May thanked the other nations for their support.

Skripal, the former spy was found collapsed on a bench in Salisbury along with his daughter, Yulia Skirpal, on the 4th March, where it is believed they came into contact with a nerve agent which originated in Russia.

At a talk at the United Nations, the US Ambassador said that action needed to be taken against Russia, after claims that the Russian Government is behind the attack.

It comes after Theresa May announced to Parliament that she was expelling 23 high-level diplomats over the attack, after accusing the state of poisoning the ex-spy.

Russia’s Foreign Minister has said that in turn, they will expel British diplomats in Moscow, and told Russian media that the UK’s claims are ‘insane’

Sergei Lavrov

Boris Johnson has also spoken out over the expulsions, saying he believes it is a ‘proportionate response’ to what has happened.

May gave Russia a deadline of midnight on Monday night to cooperate with the British investigation, but that deadline passed with Moscow demanding to see samples of the nerve agent that is alleged to have been used.

The Russian Embassy in the UK has been accused of responding with sarcasm by Theresa May, with them sending a number of tweets aimed at the investigation

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