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Britain's May to blame Russia for chemical attack on ex-spy

Mar 12, 2018, 7:23 AM EDT
Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal was targeted in nerve agent attack in Salisbury.
(Source: Sonya Fay McKenzie/flickr)

In a move that could mark a new low in the ties between London and Moscow, British Prime Minister Theresa May is likely to name Russia as responsible for a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Salisbury.

A senior Conservative MP, Tom Tugendhat, who also chairs the Commons foreign affairs committee, called on the government to take strong action like the U.S.’s Magnitsky Act, to target the individuals behind the aggression, notes The Guardian.

Theresa May has summoned an emergency meeting of National Security Council to decide the scale of Britain’s retaliation but analysts believe that a strong response may play into the hands of Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of the presidential election next Sunday, writes The Sun.

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