Russia Acts With Open Disregard For Sovereignty of Other States, Says US Secy Of State Rex Tillerson

| March 13 , 2018 , 14:15 IST

A day after British Prime Minister Theresa May said that it was "highly likely" that Russia was behind the poisoning of former Russian spy and his daughter in the UK, the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday slammed Russia's actions on UK soil.

"From Ukraine to Syria - and now the UK - Russia continues to be, acting with open disregard for the sovereignty of other states and the life of their citizens," said Tillerson in a statement.

Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, 66 and his daughter, 33, were found poisoned last week near a shopping centre in Salisbury, around 88 km from London.  The duo, as well as a police officer who reportedly came into contact with a nerve agent are in a serious condition. Skripal, who was once an informant for Britain's foreign intelligence service, was allegedly poisoned by Russia, but the nation has rejected the allegations.

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The US meanwhile, condemned the chemical attack as "an outrage", and emphasised that the US stands by UK.

"We are standing with our UK ally," White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.

"The use of a highly lethal nerve agent against UK citizens on UK soil is an outrage," she said.

"The attack was reckless, indiscriminate, and irresponsible. We offer the fullest condemnation, and we extend our sympathy to the victims and their families, and our support to the UK government. We stand by our closest ally and the special relationship that we have," Sanders said.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in his statement faulted Russia for the attack

"We have full confidence in the UK's investigation and its assessment that Russia was likely responsible for the nerve agent attack that took place in Salisbury last week," he said in a statement.

"We agree that those responsible - both those who committed the crime and those who ordered it - must face appropriately serious consequences. We stand in solidarity with our Allies in the United Kingdom and will continue to coordinate closely our responses," said Tillerson.