The Guardian reports:
Donald Trump has given Theresa May his full support for her strategy of confronting Russia over the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal, saying he is “with the UK all the way”.
The US president’s backing came in a phone call on Tuesday after he had said earlier that it was conditional on the facts supporting the British prime minister’s case. Downing Street said Trump had agreed that “the Russian government must provide unambiguous answers as to how this nerve agent came to be used”.
May has already received strong support from key European leaders and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the body responsible for the control of chemical weapons.
The White House has issued a statement:
President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom. They discussed the United Kingdom’s investigation into the chemical weapon attack on a private citizen and his daughter on British soil. President Trump stated the United States stands in solidarity with its closest ally and is ready to provide any assistance the United Kingdom requests for its investigation.
President Trump agreed with Prime Minister May that the Government of the Russian Federation must provide unambiguous answers regarding how this chemical weapon, developed in Russia, came to be used in the United Kingdom. The two leaders agreed on the need for consequences for those who use these heinous weapons in flagrant violation of international norms.
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A Russian businessman linked to a prominent Kremlin critic was found dead in his London home with strangulation marks on his neck, and authorities quickly opened an anti-terrorism investigation. Anti-Vladimir Putin Russian mogul Nikolai Glushkov, 68, was found dead Monday night. But police said there was no evidence to suggest a link to the March 4 poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, who remain hospitalized in critical condition.