White House stops short of blaming Russia for UK poison attack

Source: Washington Examiner | March 12, 2018 | Steven Nelson

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders stopped short of blaming Russia for a poison attack Monday, shortly after British Prime Minister Theresa May said it was “highly likely” Russia was responsible for the incident in southwest England.

“The attack was reckless, indiscriminate, and irresponsible,” Sanders said at the daily White House press briefing.

But when pressed on responsibility, Sanders said only: “Right now we are standing with our U.K. ally. I think they are still working through even some of the details on that.”

In an address to members of parliament, May said scientists determined that double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned on March 4 with a “military grade nerve agent of the type developed by Russia.”

“The government has concluded that it is highly likely that Russia was responsible for the act against Sergei and Yulia Skripal,” May said.

But the British leader also equivocated and offered two other possibilities. “Either this was a direct act by the Russian state against our country or the Russian government lost control of its potentially catastrophically damaging nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others,” she said.


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