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Trudeau Calls Chemical Attack on Former Russian Spy in the UK 'Despicable'

Trudeau Calls Chemical Attack on Former Russian Spy in the UK 'Despicable'

The Russian Foreign Ministry and the Kremlin have spoken out a day after the United Kingdom prime minister announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats as a response the alleged poisoning of former intelligence officer Sergei Skripal.

The Russian foreign minister this morning said the British response to the Salisbury spy attack was "irresponsible" and "not based on evidence".

His opposite number in Moscow, Lavrov, suggested that one possible motive for the poisoning was to complicate Russia's hosting of this summer's soccer World Cup.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov wouldn't reveal how Russia will retaliate, but said the decision will come from President Vladimir Putin, "and there is no doubt that he will choose the option that best reflects Russian interests".

Skripal and his daughter Yulia have been critically ill since they were found unconscious on a bench in the southern English city of Salisbury on March 4.

The nations urged Russian Federation to "address all questions related to the attack" and provide all details about the nerve agent used.

Meanwhile, U.K. police have also opened a murder investigation in the death of another Russian exile living in Britain.

While Britain has accused the Russian state of ordering the poisoning of the Skripals, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson took it a step further Friday and said it's "overwhelmingly likely" that Putin himself ordered the attack.

US, France, Germany join Britain over spy poisoning row
Canada: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Wednesday that he had spoken with Theresa May offering her Canada's support. After that inquiry, Britain expelled four diplomats and May told lawmakers that this time the response needed to be firmer.

"We call on Russian Federation to address all questions related to the attack", U.S. President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May said in their joint statement.

Britain's response has also been complicated by an initially lackluster reaction from the US.

In the statement, the four leaders said they shared the view of British investigators that "there is no plausible alternative explanation" for the attack.

Separately, the U.S. has announced sanctions against Russian individuals and entities accused of trying to influence the 2016 election and carrying out cyber-attacks. While nominally Britain's closest ally, Trump's White House at first declined to endorse the UK's attribution or condemn Russian Federation by name.

The actions taken by the British "go beyond the limits of elementary rules of decency", he said, while asserting that Russian Federation has attempted to handle the matter in a civilized manner. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg followed that up Friday by saying that the incident reflected a Russian "pattern of reckless behavior" that includes cyberattacks and election meddling.

He said even the name Novichok was a "Western invention" and that Russian Federation never gave it a name.

Haley said Russian Federation "must account for its actions" as a permanent council member entrusted by the United Nations with upholding global peace and security. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation officials have suggested that the nerve agent attack probably does not rise to that level.