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Russian spy: Poisoning response deadline set by UK passes

IANS  |  London 

The deadline set by the for to explain how a Russian-made was used to poison a former double has passed.

Focus now shifts to what steps will take against following the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, reported on Tuesday.

denies involvement in their and has demanded access to a sample of the substance used.

It said the UK's threat of "punitive" measures would "meet with a response".

Downing Street says the has received the backing of US Donald Trump, who agreed in a phone call that "must provide unambiguous answers as to how this came to be used".

A also said France's and German Angela Merkel, as well as Estonia, and - bordering - have all condemned the attack and offered support to the UK.

said if the attack was shown to be a "direct act" by the Russian state it would be a "clear violation of the chemical weapons convention, a breach of international law and a threat to those who abide by the rules-based international order".

The is set to brief a session of the - Nato's political decision-making body - on the Skripal incident later.

The has not publicly disclosed the measures it is considering against

But ahead of the expiry of the deadline, posted a series of tweets saying it would not issue a response without being given access to samples of the

It also contended international obligations required a joint investigation take place into the incident.

Another tweet said it had sought an "explanation" from the Foreign Office, amid speculation the UK could mount a cyber-attack, as it "takes a serious view on cyber security breaches".

has already threatened to expel British from if the is stripped of its licence to broadcast in the UK.

Britain could expel Russian diplomats, as it did after the of former in 2006 with radioactive polonium.



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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 07:06 IST