Britain's claim Putin ordered ex-spy poisoning 'unforgiveable'

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks during a Security Council meeting on the situation between Britain and Russia on Wednesday

Moscow has denied any involvement in the poisoning.

Lavrov was speaking in the Kazakh capital Astana following talks on Syria with the foreign ministers of Iran and Turkey.

Britain previously accused Russian Federation of being behind what it has called the "brazen" nerve-agent attack on Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter, Yulia, 33, in Salisbury, England, on March 4.

"It is an assault on United Kingdom sovereignty", the leaders said.

The Western leaders said the use of the toxin was a clear breach of the Chemical Weapons Convention and global law. They recall the importance of full compliance with worldwide conventions and their commitment to the fight against impunity for the use of chemical weapons.

"We have said on different levels and occasions that Russian Federation has nothing to do with this story", he said.

Sergei Skripal moved to Salisbury after being jailed for passing Russian state secrets to British intelligence while working for the Russian government in the 1990s. They have been in a critical condition in hospital ever since.

May has directly accused President Vladimir Putin, poised to win a fourth term in an election on Sunday, of being behind the attack.

In an online post, the Russian committee said the attempt on Yulia Skripal's life was "committed in a unsafe manner endangering other people, in Salisbury".

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Putin, who took over as Kremlin chief from Boris Yeltsin on the last day of 1999, has tried to claw back some of the clout that Moscow lost when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.

Russian Federation has repeatedly dismissed the UK's accusations as "unfounded" and warned it would retaliate over the expulsion of its diplomats.

Meanwhile, British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson said Moscow had made a "deliberate political decision" to poison Skripal.

Vassily Nebenzia, Moscow's ambassador to the United Nations, even suggested at an emergency session of the UN Security Council that the UK might have been responsible for the attack in an attempt to smear Russian Federation.

Skripal, who was turned by Britain's MI6 agency while serving in Spain, was arrested in Moscow in 2004 and convicted in 2006 of treason. He was granted refuge in the UK after a high-profile spy exchange between the United States and Russian Federation in 2010. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg followed that up Friday by saying that the incident reflected a Russian "pattern of reckless behavior" that includes cyberattacks and election meddling.

US Army General Curtis Scaparrotti, head of US forces in Europe, said the incident highlighted how far Russian Federation was willing to go to achieve its goals.

"I will announce the measures that we are going to take in the coming days", Macron told reporters during a visit to central France. "Amazing, frankly", Scaparrotti added.

He said his country had no motive to target Skripal, but suggested others could use the poisoning to "complicate" the World Cup.

British police said Friday 131 people were exposed to trace amounts of the military-grade nerve agent used in the assault.

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