March 26, 2018 / 5:31 PM / a month ago

May says Russia has failed to divide Britain's allies

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday Russia had “spectacularly failed” in efforts to divide Britain’s allies following a nerve agent attack this month on a former Russian spy in an English city.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in Westminster, London, Britain, March 26, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

“If the Kremlin’s goal is to divide and intimidate the Western alliance, then their efforts have spectacularly backfired,” May told lawmakers in parliament.

Earlier on Monday, the United States said it would expel 60 Russian diplomats, joining governments across Europe in punishing the Kremlin for the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter that they have blamed on Moscow.

Russia has denied being behind the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the southern English city of Salisbury on March 4.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, writing by Andy Bruce

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