Boris Warns Action Over Ex-Russian Spy. UK would respond robustly if evidence found Russia involved in attack on Sergei Skripal.
Mr Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, in her 30s, are critically ill in hospital. They were found unconscious in Salisbury, Wiltshire, on Sunday.
The foreign secretary said he was not pointing fingers at this stage. But described Russia as “a malign and disruptive force”.
Russia has denied any involvement.
Mr Johnson told MPs: Honourable members will note the echoes of the death of Alexander Litvinenko in 2006.
And while it would be wrong to prejudge the investigation, I can reassure the House that should evidence emerge that implies state responsibility, then Her Majesty’s Government will respond appropriately and robustly…
Russia insists it has “no information” on what could have led to the incident.
The Russian embassy in London said: “Media reporting could give rise to the impression that this is a planned action by the Russian security services, which in no way corresponds to the truth.” It also said it is willing to cooperate with the police over the incident
UK police are trying to find out what “unknown substance” harmed the pair.
A number of emergency services workers were assessed immediately after the incident. One remains in hospital.
This not first connection with Russia concerning spies
It appears the East has clashed with the West again. The story has travelled round the world. It is headlining news outlets. Results of the tests taken from Sergei Skripal not yet known. Although there’s speculation it is poison.
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