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NATO urges Russia to answer UK questions on spy poisoning

AFP  |  Brussels 

All 29 countries urged today to answer Britain's questions over the of an ex-in what they called the first ever offensive use of a on the alliance's territory.

The joint statement by the 29 member countries of the US-led alliance said the attack against and his daughter in Salisbury, southwest England, was a "clear breach of international norms and agreements".

"Allies expressed deep concern at the first offensive use of a on Alliance territory since NATO's foundation," said the statement by the North Atlantic Council, which groups allies.

"Allies expressed solidarity with the UK, offered their support in the conduct of the ongoing investigation, and called on to address the UK's questions, including providing full and complete disclosure of the Novichok programme to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons", they added.

British has said a "grade" known as Novichok was used in the March 4 incident.

"Allies agreed that the attack was a clear breach of international norms and agreements," the statement said.

added in a tweet: "I welcome that the 29 NATO Allies have just agreed a statement expressing full solidarity with the UK and offering support after the Salisbury attack."

The attack has raised 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.

Britain has received broad international support in the wake of the poisoning, which also left a seriously ill.

EU said earlier today said that was "most likely" behind the attack and that leaders of the 28 states were likely to discuss the issue at a summit next week.

The is set to hold an emergency meeting on the later today at Britain's request.

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 20:55 IST