Rex Tillerson breaks with Donald Trump on Russian spy murder, ‘It was an act of Russia’
Hours after White House declined to support UK’s allegations against Russia, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in Britain “clearly came from Russia” and “certainly will trigger a response.”
Tillerson said he doesn’t know whether the Russian President knows about the incident but that the nerve agent used in the attack could not have come from any other country.
He called the attack “a really egregious act” and said it was “almost beyond comprehension” that officials of any government would use the poison in a public location.
Tillerson stated “From Ukraine to Syria and now the U.K, Russia continues to be an irresponsible force of instability in the world, acting with open disregard for the sovereignty of other states and the life of their citizens,”
Sergei Skripal, the ex Russian spy and his daughter were found to have been poisoned with a nerve agent in UK last week. Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday that it was “highly likely” that Russia was responsible for the poisoning. She gave Russian officials until Tuesday to respond to her claims. If they don’t respond the UK will treat the act as a foreign invasion in their sovereignty.
White House on Monday declined to support it’s ally UK against Russia, saying that they are condemning the incident and will cooperate with the govt of U.K for any investigation.
press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at a press briefing “Right now we are standing with our U.K. ally. I think they’re still working through even some of the details of that,” .
“And we’re going to continue to work with the U.K., and we certainly stand with them throughout this process.”
Russia dismissed the British allegations as “provocation” and “nonsense.”