White House denounces United Kingdom nerve agent attack, mum on Russian Federation

Yulia and Sergei Skripal were believed to have been poisoned while out for a meal- but it has emerged they were probably exposed to nerve gas at home

Sarah Sanders refused to blame or even mention Russia over the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter while they were living in the United Kingdom.

But Donald Trump's spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders stopped short of saying that Russian Federation was responsible for the incident that left Sergei and Yulia Skripal critically ill.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: "We've been monitoring the incident closely, taking it very seriously".

The White House on Monday denounced the poisoning of a former Russian spy in England with a nerve agent as "an outrage" but did not echo London's charge that Moscow was "highly likely" to be behind the attack.

"The use of a highly lethal nerve agent against United Kingdom citizens on United Kingdom soil is an outrage".

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The White House has finally broken its silence over the attack, describing it as "reckless, indiscriminate and irresponsible". "We offer the fullest condemnation". All remain in serious condition.

Mr Skripal and his daughter are still being treated in hospital after falling ill in Salisbury.

The Trump administration has faced criticism for its muted criticisms of Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin after the USA intelligence community determined Russia sought to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. The White House has been criticized repeatedly for its favorable treatment of Russian Federation over the past year. Instead, Sanders said the administration is condemning the attack and "standing with our ally".

Russian Federation reportedly dismissed the British claims a "circus show", a "provocation" and "nonsense", even suggesting the attack on the Skripals may have been a false flag.

The White House has not yet addressed recent reports that Skripal had ties with former British MI-6 officer Christopher Steele, who compiled a now famous dossier containing salacious allegations and accusations of collusion against Trump.


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