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Tillerson Says Substance Used in Ex-Spy Poisoning Is From Russia

  • Poisoning of one-time spy an ‘egregious act,’ Tillerson says
  • Attack will trigger a response, Tillerson tells reporters
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Tillerson: Substance Used in Ex-Spy Poisoning Is From Russia

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson joined the British government in saying the poison used in an attack on a former Russian spy in the U.K. clearly came from Russia, calling the episode an “egregious act” that will trigger a U.S. response.

Speaking to reporters as he flew back to the U.S. from Africa, Tillerson said it was still unclear whether the Russian government knew about the attack, but suggested there were few other explanations. Earlier in the day, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May publicly blamed Russia for poisoning a former spy and his daughter on British soil. Russia’s Foreign Ministry quickly denied her accusation.