UK: ‘Midnight, tonight’ — Johnson gives Russia ultimatum to give account of ex-spy poisoning

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson lashed out at Russia's alleged «reckless support for the use of chemical weapons» and he thanked international leaders for their support following the Sergei Skripal poisoning case, as he spoke from London on Tuesday. Johnson stated that the UK expects Russia's account on the case «until midnight tonight.» adding that if Moscow fails to give a full disclose to... Еще the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) until then, the UK government would come forward with a response that is «commensurate but robust.» He went on to say that Skripal's poisoning was a «brazen attempt to murder innocent people» and that «to the best of our knowledge, this is the first use of nerve agent on the continent of Europe since the Second World War.» Johnson also said he was «encouraged by the determination of our friends to stand with us» and that he was «very impressed by the strength of the support» from French President Emmanuel Macron, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was dismissed from the position on Tuesday. Skripal and his daughter were found unconscious after a nerve agent attack a week ago in the English city of Salisbury. They remain in a critical but stable condition in Salisbury district hospital. The 66-year-old former Russian military intelligence officer was convicted in Russia of supplying MI6 with Russian state secrets. Part way through his jail term, in 2010, he was involved in a spy swap and given refuge in the UK.

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