Russia Demands Access To British Probe Of Nerve Agent Attack

Moscow:  Russia vowed Tuesday to retaliate for any British sanctions imposed in response to a suspected chemical attack on British soil and demanded access to samples of a nerve agent that British investigators say was linked to Moscow in the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also said Russia does not intend to comply with British Prime Minister Theresa May’s demand Monday for an official explanation of how a nerve agent identified as Novichok, which was developed by the former Soviet Union, allegedly came to be used in the poisoning attack in southern England.

Lavrov insisted that Russian experts should be able to examine the British evidence but again denied Russian involvement in last week’s attack.

The Foreign Ministry later said Russia would retaliate for any sanctions imposed by London in response to the attack. “Any threats will not remain unanswered,” the ministry said in a statement. “The British side…

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