Leaders from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and France harshly condemned the Russian government in a scathing statement sent to the Kremlin Thursday; saying the NATO allies “abhor the attack” that rocked a quiet English town this week.
The heads of those nations -including President Trump- signed the joint declaration; slamming Russian President Vladimir Putin for using a deadly “nerve agent” to assassinate a former Russian spy on British soil and endangering the lives of hundreds.
“This use of a military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russia, constitutes the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War,” said the letter. “It is an assault on UK sovereignty and any such use by a State party is a clear violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and a breach of international law. It threatens the security of us all.”
“We share the UK assessment that there is no plausible alternative explanation, and note that Russia’s failure to address the legitimate request by the UK government further underlines its responsibility,” it adds. “We call on Russia to address all questions related to the attack in Salisbury.”
The fallout from the attack continued Wednesday when the British armed forces entered a second English village; tracking down “every molecule” of the Soviet-era nerve agent and urging local residents to “remain indoors” until authorities can determine if any health dangers persist.