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NATO chief expresses 'great concern' over Russian spy attack

AFP  |  Brussels 

today said the alliance was deeply concerned about the attack on a Russian former double agent in Britain and was in contact with UK authorities about the matter.

"The UK is a highly valued ally, and this incident is of great concern to is in touch with the UK authorities on this issue," said in a statement issued by his office.

made his remark hours after British said it was "highly likely" that was responsible for the of one of its former spies, an accusation rejected by

In a dramatic escalation of diplomatic tensions over the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter on March 4, May said the nerve agent that poisoned them was a military-grade type developed by

"The use of any nerve agent is horrendous and completely unacceptable," Stoltenberg said.

The strong words by the NATO will increase speculation that Britain will consider triggering "article five" of NATO membership, a rule that says an attack on one member constitutes an attack on all.

But according to the BBC, May's government has declined to turn to the highly exceptional clause and will seek other ways to confront

May said Britain had demanded a full explanation from the by the end of today.

Without a "credible response", May said Britain will conclude it was "an unlawful use of force by the Russian State against the UK", and pledged to outline a "full range of measures" in response.

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 05:10 IST