Leaders agree that Russian responsibility is highly likely, in escalation of rhetoric from mainland Europe

Theresa May appears to have convinced five EU countries to follow Britain’s lead and expel suspected Russian spies, in a bid to dismantle Vladimir Putin’s intelligence network.

Following a summit in Brussels to discuss the response to the Salisbury nerve agent attack, EU leaders gave their full-throated backing to the prime minister by adopting a statement declaring it was “highly likely Russia is responsible” for poisoning Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.

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