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May Plans Russia Reprisal for Ex-Spy Poisoning as Deadline Looms

  • U.K. PM gives Russia until midnight Tuesday to explain attack
  • ‘Novichok’ nerve agent developed in Russian laboratories
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Former U.K. Ambasasdor to Russia Roderic Lyne discusses possible retaliation by the U.K. against Russia.(Source: Bloomberg)
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Prime Minister Theresa May’s Cabinet meets this morning to discuss how to strike back at Russia over the poisoning of a former spy on British soil, ahead of a midnight deadline for the Kremlin to explain the attack.

In a dramatic statement to Parliament Monday, May announced that Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia had been poisoned more than a week ago with a “military grade” nerve agent known as “Novichok” developed by Russia, and warned of retaliatory measures. The premier holds talks with ministers at 9:30 a.m. in London, after which Home Secretary Amber Rudd chairs the Cobra emergency committee on developments in the case.