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UN chief condemns use of nerve agent in poisoning of spy in Britain

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UN Antonio has condemned the alleged use of in the poisoning of a former Russian in Britain.

"The is deeply concerned over the reported use of a in the to harm or kill persons," said Farhan Haq, Guterres' deputy spokesman, on Wednesday, reported.

"The use of nerve agents as a weapon under any circumstances is unacceptable and its use by a state will constitute a serious violation of international law."

"While the is not in a position to attribute responsibility, he strongly condemns the use of any or and hopes the incident will be thoroughly investigated," Haq told a daily press briefing.

conveyed his sympathies to those who have been harmed and expressed his sincere hope for their early recovery, he said.

Sergei Skripal, a 66-year-old former Russian who became a double agent for Britain, and his 33-year-old daughter were found unconscious on a bench outside a shopping center in the southern English city of on March 4. They remain in a critical condition.

British authorities have concluded that the two were poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok. has demanded explain why the nerve agent that traces back to should end up in Britain.

British announced on Wednesday that her government will expel 23 Russian diplomats from Britain and will freeze Russian state assets "wherever we have the evidence that they may be used to threaten the life or property of UK nationals or residents."

Britain will also suspend all planned high-level bilateral contacts with

Russian on Wednesday denied his country's involvement in the poisoning incident.



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First Published: Thu, March 15 2018. 06:34 IST