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G7 calls on Russia to answer for Salisbury nerve agent attack

AFP  |  Ottawa 

Foreign Ministers of the industrialized nations today called on to come clean about a attack on a former in Britain, calling it "a threat to us all."

"We call on to urgently address all questions related to the incident in Salisbury," they said in a joint statement.

The nations urged to provide a "full and complete disclosure of its previously undeclared program to the OPCW in line with its international obligations." is a group of reportedly developed by the in the 1970s and 80s.

The statement comes after Western nations expelled more than 150 Russian diplomats in a coordinated action against in support of Britain, and retaliated with similar moves.

Britain has blamed for the assassination attempt on former Russian and his daughter in the English town of in March.

After conducting its own tests, the (OPCW) on Thursday confirmed Britain's findings about the substance used in the attack.

The foreign ministers of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and the United States, as well as the European Union, said they "are united in condemning, in the strongest possible terms" the attack in

They also said they agree with Britain's assessment "that it is highly likely that the Russian Federation was responsible for the attack and that there is no plausible alternative explanation."

"Any use of by a state party, under any circumstances, is a clear breach of international law and a violation of the Convention," they said. "It is a threat to us all. Their use is abhorrent, completely unacceptable and must be systematically and rigorously condemned.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 06:45 IST