UK gives Russia ultimatum to explain role in poisoning of former agent

UK raises threat level after Manchester terror attack

The United Kingdom (UK) has given Russia up till end of Tuesday to explain why a Russian-made nerve agent was used in the poisoning of former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

Prime Minister Theresa May, who issued the deadline, told the House of Commons that the poison used in the attack was a military-grade nerve agent developed by Russia.

She warned that if there was no “credible response” by the end of Tuesday, the UK would conclude there has been an “unlawful use of force” by Moscow, saying Britain would not tolerate such a “brazen attempt to murder innocent civilians on our soil”.

She said the UK must “stand ready to take much more extensive measures” against Russia than it had previously.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said it appeared that Russia was behind the attack and there should be “serious consequences”.

Russia has however called the claims “unfounded”.

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