Washington: The US today threw its weight behind the UK in the case of a “reckless” nerve agent attack on a former spy and his daughter, saying it shares the British assessment that Russia is responsible for the attack.
It also said that the UK’s decision to expel 23 Russian diplomats in retaliation for the alleged attack was a “just response”.
“The US stands in solidarity with its closest ally, the UK. The US shares the UK’s assessment that Russia is responsible for the reckless nerve agent attack on a British citizen and his daughter, and we support the UK’s decision to expel Russian diplomats as a just response,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.
British Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday expelled 23 Russian diplomats – in the “single biggest expulsion” in more than 30 years – and suspended high-level bilateral contacts, saying Moscow was “culpable” of the nerve agent attack.
Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were found collapsed after being poisoned last week. Both remain in a serious condition along with a police officer who came in contact with the same substance.
Russia denies its involvement in the attempted murder.