British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson claims it is “overwhelmingly likely” that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered a nerve agent attack against a former Russian spy in southern England.
“We have nothing against the Russians themselves. There is to be no Russophobia as a result of what is happening,” Johnson told reporters during a museum visit in west London on Friday.
“Our quarrel is with Putin’s Kremlin, and with his decision – and we think it overwhelmingly likely that it was his decision – to direct the use of a nerve agent on the streets of the UK, on the streets of Europe for the first time since the Second World War,” Johnson said.
Britain’s top diplomat said a day earlier that the UK would allow for an independent international examination of the nerve agent.