British Prime Minister Theresa May said it was “highly likely” that Russia was behind the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with a military-grade nerve agent.
Speaking to the U.K. parliament, May explained her country’s evidence against the Kremlin, including the fact that the chemical used in the attack has been produced by Russia before, as well as “Russia’s record of conducting state-sponsored assassinations.”
“It is now clear that Mr. Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia,” May said. “The government has concluded that it is highly likely that Russia was responsible for the act against Sergei and Yulia Skripal.”
The statement is the first time the British government has accused Russia of being behind the attack that left Sergei and Yulia in critical condition.
May added that only two conclusions can be drawn from the evidence: that Russia carried out the attack, or that the country lost control of its nerve agent, and allowed it to get into the hands of others.
The Kremlin has vehemently denied having any role in the Salisbury attack.
Skripal was previously jailed by Russia for “treason” after it discovered he was working for MI6 during his time in the GRU military intelligence service. Per the Independent, Skripal “was given refuge in Britain after being exchanged in 2010 for Russian agents caught in the West as part of a Cold War-style swap in Vienna.”
Watch May’s statement above, via BBC.
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