Britain accuses Russia of operating in a ‘parallel universe’ as US, France and Germany back UK’s findings

Russia has come under a sustained barrage of almost universal condemnation as nations lined up at the UN security council in New York to decry its role in the Salisbury chemical weapons attacks.

A day after the prime minister, Theresa May, told the UK parliament that two members of the Russian military intelligence agency, GRU, had been found to have carried out the novichok nerve agent attack in March, which poisoned the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, international repercussions came swiftly and decisively. Led by the UK ambassador to the UN, Karen Pierce, a host of governments turned on Moscow.

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