The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the British ambassador to Moscow Bristow for the second time within only two days amid tensions over the nerve agent poisoning of Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal. While the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova announced that Russia will respond as soon as possible to the statements released by British Prime Minister Theresa May، who fired 32 Russian diplomats on the background of poisoning of Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal.
On Monday، Theresa May said the Russian ambassador has been summoned to the UK Foreign Office to explain whether the attack was ‘a direct action by the Russian state’ or the result of the Russian government ‘losing control’ of its stock nerve agents. The Prime Minister has given Vladimir Putin a deadline to explain Russia’s link with the Salisbury spy poisoning. The nerve agent attack on Skripal and his daughter Yulia ‘clearly came from Russia’ and ‘certainly will trigger a response’، US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said. The PM told MPs that the highly dangerous substance used in the attack was a military-grade Novichok nerve agent produced by Russia. She set a deadline of midnight on Tuesday for Moscow to explain whether it was behind the attack or had lost control of its stockpile of the poison. Russia has demanded access to samples of the nerve agent that poisoned ex-spy Skripal، Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said. Mr Lavrov said Russia ‘is not to blame’ for the incident on March 4. Mr Lavrov said that Moscow’s requests to see samples of the nerve agent have been turned down، which he called a violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention، which outlaws the production of chemical weapons. He said that Moscow is willing to co-operate with the probe، but suggested London would be ‘better off’ complying with its international obligations ‘before putting forward ultimatums’. A meeting of the Government’s Cobra emergencies committee in Whitehall on Tuesday morning will be chaired by Home Secretary Amber Rudd، to discuss the latest developments.