March 13, 2018 / 9:56 AM / 3 months ago

Johnson says Britain encouraged by 'friends' support over Russian spy poisoning - PA

LONDON (Reuters) - Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Britain had been encouraged by the “willingness of friends” to show support and solidarity following the poisoning of a Russian double agent, Britain’s Press Association reported on Tuesday.

Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrives to attend a meeting of the National Security Council in Downing Street, in London, March 12, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

British Prime Minister Theresa May has given Russia a midnight deadline to explain how former spy Sergei Skripal, who passed secrets to British intelligence, and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with a nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the European Union are among those to have said they would stand by Britain after the attack.

Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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