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British PM blames Russia over 'poisoning attack' row

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British on Monday said it was "highly likely" that was responsible for the of a former Russian who was attacked with a near his home in last week.

May said it was clear that and his daughter were poisoned with a military-grade of a type developed by She also warned of possible reprisals.

"The has concluded that it is highly likely that was responsible for the act against Sergei and Yulia Skripal," quoted May as saying.

She asked the Russian to explain whetehr the was "direct action" by against Britain or due to it "losing control" of its stock.

"Should there be no credible response, we will conclude that this action amounts to an unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the United Kingdom," she said.

Sixty-six-year-old retired Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter were found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury city centre on March 5.

On Monday the Kremlin's denied Russia involvement into the "attack".

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Ministry's called May's statement about the alleged Russian trace in the attack a "circus".

"It is a circus in the The conclusion is obvious: it is another informational and political campaign based on a provocation," Zakharova said.

Skripal, who is a retired Russian military intelligence officer, was jailed for 13 years by Russia in 2006 for spying for Britain.

He was convicted of passing the identities of agents working undercover in to the UK's Secret Intelligence Service, MI6.

Russia said Skripal had been paid $100,000 for the information, which he had been supplying from the 1990s.

Skripal and the woman are both presently in intensive care at the

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 01:38 IST
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