April 4, 2018 / 4:06 PM / 10 months ago

Russia calls U.N. Security Council meeting on Salisbury attack

Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia speaks during an urgent meeting called by Great Britain to the United Nations Security Council to brief members on former spy poisoning at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., March 14, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia has requested the United Nations Security Council meet on Thursday to discuss British accusations that Moscow used a nerve agent to attack a former Russian spy in England last month, Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said on Wednesday.

Nebenzia said the meeting would be convened on the basis of a March 13 letter sent to the U.N. Security Council by British Prime Minister Theresa May, which said Moscow was “highly likely” responsible for the attack.

The 15-member council first met on March 14, at the request of Britain, to discuss the attack in Britain’s Salisbury.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols

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