British PM blames Russia over "poisoning attack" row

2018-03-13 01:56:38 GMT2018-03-13 09:56:38(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

LONDON, March 12 (Xinhua) -- The British Prime Minister TheresaMay on Monday pointed her finger at Russia over a developing"poisoning attack" row, claiming that her government had concludedit was "highly likely" that Moscow was responsible for theattack.

May told the parliament that Russia's ambassador in London hadbeen summoned to explain whether it was "a direct action by theRussian state" or the result of it "losing control" of its stock ofnerve agents.

She said the attack incident, targeting a former Russia spy andhis daughter in London on March 4, involved a military-grade nerveagent of a type developed by Russia.

Her comments came after Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia,who remain in a critical but stable condition, had been foundslumped on a bench in London.

On Monday the Kremlin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied Russiainvolvement into the "poisoning attack".

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman MariaZakharova called May's statement about the alleged Russian trace inthe attack a "circus."

"It is a circus in the British parliament. The conclusion isobvious: it is another informational and political campaign basedon a provocation," Zakharova was quoted by Sputnik as saying.Enditem