March 14, 2018 / 2:37 PM / 3 months ago

Britain has made clear the seriousness of spy poisoning to U.S. - May

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has made the seriousness of the attempted murder of a former spy with nerve agent clear to U.S. officials, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday, and will work with whoever is in the administration to take a tough line on Russia.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May reacts as the leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn responds to her address to the House of Commons on her government's reaction to the poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, in London, March 14, 2018. Parliament TV handout via REUTERS NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY

May has laid culpability for the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter with Russia, though Russia denies involvement.

She was asked about the response of ex-U.S. administration official Rex Tillerson to the incident. He had joined Britain in saying Russia was likely responsible for the poisoning, just hours before he lost his job as U.S. Secretary of State.

“We are leaving our American colleagues in no doubt about the seriousness of this issue,” May told parliament.

“Mr Tillerson did indeed give robust comments after this incident took place, and I am sure we will be working with his replacement to ensure that America is one of those allies who stand alongside us.”

Reporting by Costas Pitas; writing by Alistair Smout

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