The British government has warned that it will respond to the last week poisoning of a former Russian spy in Salisbury if it turns out that a foreign country was behind the act.
Finance minister Philip Hammond said Britain would respond “appropriately” if a foreign state is found to have been involved in the poisoning.
“This is a police investigation and it will be evidence-led and we must go where the evidence takes us,” Hammond told BBC television on Sunday.
“So we have to allow the police investigation to run its course. But if there were to be an involvement of a foreign state evidenced by this investigation, then obviously that would be very serious indeed and the government would respond appropriately,” he said.
He also expressed doubt about UK’s future relationship with Russia if the incident was proved to be orchestrated by Moscow.
The 66-year-old former double agent Sergei Skripal, and his 33-year-old daughter, Yulia,…