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Russia is irresponsible force of instability in world: Tillerson

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

is an irresponsible force of instability in the world, US Tillerson said today as he slammed the country over its alleged involvement in a attack on a former and his daughter in the UK.

Former Russian Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were found collapsed after being poisoned last week. Both remain in a serious condition along with a who came in contact with the same substance.

British yesterday said it was "highly likely" that was behind the attack on Skripal who was once an informant for Britain's foreign intelligence service. has denied the allegation.

Tillerson said the US would stand in solidarity with the UK and would coordinate its response to the attack.

"We have full confidence in the UK's investigation and its assessment that was likely responsible for the attack that took place in Salisbury last week," he said in a statement.

Tillerson said there was never a justification for such an attack - the attempted murder of a private citizen on the soil of a sovereign nation - and "the US is outraged that appears to have again engaged in such behaviour".

"From to - and now the UK - continues to be, acting with open disregard for the sovereignty of other states and the life of their citizens," he alleged.

"We agree that those responsible - both those who committed the crime and those who ordered it - must face appropriately serious consequences. We stand in solidarity with our Allies in the and will continue to coordinate closely our responses," Tillerson, who is on a tour to Africa, said.

The condemned the as "an outrage".

"We are standing with our UK ally," told reporters.

Sanders said the US has been monitoring the incident closely and takes it very seriously.

"The use of a highly lethal against UK citizens on UK soil is an outrage," she said.

"The attack was reckless, indiscriminate, and irresponsible. We offer the fullest condemnation, and we extend our sympathy to the victims and their families, and our support to the We stand by our closest ally and the special relationship that we have," Sanders said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 10:40 IST
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