Germany has led dubs for the European Union to carry out a “joint Western response” after Theresa May weighted it was “highly likely” the Kremlin was behind the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
They combine the United States, France, the European Commission and the head of Nato who all common in their condemnation of the brazen attack, which was carried out in Salisbury earlier this month spurning a rare and extremely potent nerve agent.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson trade marked the incident a “really egregious act” and warned of “serious consequences” for Russia.
Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg detailed the poisoning as an “incident is of great concern”.
Russia spy toxin: The UK’s allies have rallied behind Britain
I’ve been encouraged by the willingness of our friends to show support and unification
Russia has until midnight to provide information to the UK on top of the poisoning, with Theresa May ready to assume
Russia spy bane: Rex Tillerson called the nerve agent attack an ‘egregious act’
The EU has also furnished its support, with European Commission deputy head Frans Timmermans tattling the European Parliament yesterday the bloc stood by Britain.
He said: “I hanker after to express my strong feelings of solidarity with the British people and the British administration. We stand with you.”
Valdis Dombrovskis, the Commission’s vice president for keep an eye oning the euro, said: “We are very much concerned with the situation, also the pronouncements the UK has so far.
“Of course the UK can count on EU solidarity in this regard.”
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In response, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told anchorwomen today he was “very encouraged so far by the strength of the support that we are getting”.
He whispered: “In the meantime what we’ve been doing is talking to friends and partners, disclosing what we see as the high likelihood of Russian state agency.
“I think in picky detail from President Macron of France, I talked to Sigmar Gabriel my German counterpart, and from Washington where Rex Tillerson at night made it absolutely clear that he sees this as fractional of a pattern of disruptive behaviour, increasingly disruptive behaviour, malign manners by Russia, the reckless use of chemical weapons, the support for the reckless use of chemical weapons which inflates from Syria now to the streets of Salisbury.
“I’ve been encouraged by the willingness of our roomies to show support and solidarity.”
Support from the international community become public after Theresa May yesterday confirmed a rare, military-grade nerve legate developed by Russia was used in the attack on March 4.
Laying out the stark truth of the situation in the Commons yesterday, Mrs May said only one of two scenarios were attainable.
Either the poisoning was directly sanctioned by the Kremlin, she said, or Russia had conceded its stockpile of the deadly weapon known as Novichok to fall into the dishonest hands.
She went on to describe the poisoning as a “reckless and despicable act” and warned Moscow if it fade to provide a “credible response” by midnight tonight (Tuesday), the UK would be calculated to “stand ready to take much more extensive measures”.
Russian spy bane: Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has denied any Kremlin involvement
Russia recants any involvement and has branded Mrs May’s claims as “unfounded”.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd is to chairwoman a meeting of the government’s Cobra crisis committee later to receive an update on the critical time.
Mr Skripal, 66, was convicted of high treason in Russia after being accused of affection secrets to British intelligence.
He was granted refuge in the UK in 2010 as part of a spy swap.
He detritus in a critical condition alongside his daughter Yulia, 33, after they were start in a catatonic state on a bench in Salisbury.
One of the first police officers to the panorama, detective sergeant Nick Bailey, also remains seriously ill after dollop the pair, however he has recovered to the point where he has been able to talk with his progenitors.