France to take action over spy poisoning in coming days, says Macron

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France to take action over spy poisoning in coming days, says Macron

When France's foreign ministry spokesman Agnes Von der Muhll was asked whether it would be ready to take counter-measures against Russian Federation, given London's claims, she said the government was in close contact with Britain on the issue.

Her comments followed a statement by British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday during which May said London would kick out the Russian diplomats in the biggest such expulsion since the Cold War.

Without an alternative explanation from Russian authorities about the nerve agent, Mr Allen said, Britain had "no choice but to conclude this was a state-sponsored act against the prohibition and use of chemical weapons and in defiance of worldwide law".

It was unclear whether the action would be counter-measures against Russian Federation.

'France agrees with the United Kingdom that there is no other plausible explanation and reiterates its solidarity with its ally'.

Former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were exposed to a banned nerve agent - probably manufactured in Russian Federation - in the southern English city of Salisbury last week.

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Trump has been conspicuous in not condemning Russia - either in his public statements or on his prolific Twitter feed - even after Britain's stern response to the poisoning of Skripal, the 66-year-old Russian ex-spy and his 33-year-old, daughter, Yulia, who fell ill at a shopping center in southern England earlier this month.

May said "there is no alternative conclusion other than that the Russian state was culpable for the attempted murder of Mr. Skripal and his daughter".

He noted the response should be seen as a "first step" in Britain confronting Moscow, given May chose not to expel the Russian ambassador to London, nor initiate a complete cut-off in relations.

She also said that the United Kingdom had been "pushing" Russian diplomats out of the country via visa mechanisms for several years.

But Russia's representative on the Security Council Mr Nebenzia fought back, saying: "We demand that material proof be provided of the allegedly found Russian trace in this high-resonance event".

Russian Federation has repeatedly asked Britain to supply a sample of the nerve agent.

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She added that all high-level bilateral contacts with Russian Federation will be canceled, and no British government ministers or members of the royal family will attend the World Cup being hosted by Russian Federation. And British officials requested a U.N. Security Council meeting.

Zakharova said "the truth" about the incident was being hidden.

Macron said he would discuss the issue with German Chancellor Angela Merkel who is due in Paris on Friday.

A possible coordinated European Union response will come up at a summit of all 28 leaders including May in Brussels next week.

Russian Federation has refused Britain's demands to explain how Novichok, a nerve agent first developed by the Soviet military, was used against Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, who were found unconscious on a bench outside a shopping centre on March 4 in the southern English city of Salisbury.

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