After Britain's PM Theresa May announced the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley backed the United Kingdom and blamed Russia for the poisoning of its ex-spy on British soil last week.
Haley said that the USA stands in lockstep with its ally, the United Kingdom, who blamed Russian Federation for the attack. As a permanent member of the Security Council, Russia could veto any resolution meant to punish it.
Accusations have been growing against Moscow over the March 4 attack, in which former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter were targeted by a nerve agent in a British shopping district.
"This power is now only permitted in relation to those suspected of terrorism".
"The only real reason to keep it secret-aside of Russian cheating- is that IF the synthesis technology is known, the use of this chemical agent would have a higher causality rate-and lower recovery rate-than other chemical weapons used by rogue states or terrorists".
- We will develop proposals for new legislative powers to harden our defenses against all forms of hostile state activity. "Prime Minister May's decision to expel the Russian diplomats is the level of response that many Americans have been craving from our own administration".
"We consider this hostile action as totally unacceptable, unjustified and shortsighted".
Skripal was a former Russian military officer who was later convicted of spying for the British.
This afternoon, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the European Union would present a common stance over the nerve agent attack.
"The head of a nuclear state goes to the Parliament. they take an important step that they can't take. We would stop talking about them".
Some critics of the president argue that the huge national security risk of the nerve agent attack will make it hard for Trump to take shelter behind ambiguity. On Thursday, Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said blame for the attack lies elsewhere.
"Time and time again, members states say they oppose the use of chemical weapons under any circumstance", said Haley. He said this at a meeting of the UN Security Council on March 14, Interfax-Ukraine reports. Questioned about the Salisbury poisoning on Tuesday, he equivocated.
May ripped Russian President Vladimir Putin's refusal to provide an explanation. "Needless to say, our response measures will not be long in coming".
The US president has not so far used Twitter - by far his preferred tool of communication - to pass judgment on the incident, in marked contrast to his fast responses to earlier attacks in the United Kingdom linked to Islamic extremism.