LONDON (FNI) – UK’ Prime Minister Theresa May spoke
with Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni of Italy about the nerve agent poisoning
of ex-spy Sergei
Skripal and his daughter that recently took place in Salisbury.
Gentiloni affirmed Italy’s full support and solidarity with the UK and the leaders agreed on the need for continued international co-operation to maintain pressure on Russia.
“The Prime Minister reiterated that this was not just an act against the UK but a clear breach of chemical weapons convention.” Downing Street spox said.
They looked forward to meeting and holding further discussions at next week’s European Council.
Prime Minister Theresa May gave a statement to Parliament on 14 March. Russia has provided no explanation as to how this agent came to be used in the UK, and there is no alternative conclusion other than that the Russian State was culpable for the attempted murder of Mr Skripal and his daughter. This represents an unlawful use of force by the Russian State against the United Kingdom. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said that behind of poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal is Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Prime Minister stated that the UK government will expel 23 Russian diplomats who have been identified as undeclared intelligence officers; develop proposals for new legislative powers to harden our defences against Hostile State Activity and ensure those seeking to carry out such activity cannot enter the UK; suspend all planned high-level contacts between the UK and the Russian Federation.