Hatim Khan – 14.03.2018 The Russia-UK relations seem to be quickly deteriorating and turning into a full blown diplomatic crisis since the Countries have started exchanging heated words over the past couple of days. On Monday, the British Prime Minister Theresa May said that it was "highly likely" that Russia was behind the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the British city of Salisbury on the 4th of March.
Sergei, who was an ex Russian spy was found along with his daughter on a public bench, semi-conscious. The tests showed that they had been poisoned by a substance that was part of "Novichok" group of nerve agents. The extremely rare nerve agent was commonly used by the Soviet Union and therefore led the British government to believe with certainty that Russia must have been involved. Sergei had also double crossed the Russian intelligence by providing extremely sensitive information to the British MI6.
Theresa May has set the midnight 13th of March a deadline before which the Russian administration should respond and explain how a very rare soviet-era nerve agent produced in the Russia ended up within the UK. She further said that “Should there be no credible response, we will conclude that this action amounts to an unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the United Kingdom".
In a response to May, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia will not her ultimatum unless they are handed the samples of the nerve-agent they are accusing to be Russian made. He also said that the British are being provocative for trying to accuse Russia without having any solid evidence and "any threats to take 'sanctions' against Russia will not be left without a response".
France and Germany have already condemned the attack with European Union saying it offer May with their support in her standoff with Russia. May has also been able to secure the support of United States. Theresa May's official spokesperson said that United States has guaranteed that they will stand "with the UK all the way".