How should Britain respond to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal?

By Andrew Foxall

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It seems to have happened again. While Downing Street has stressed that this is still an ongoing investigation, it’s increasingly clear that the government believes a former Russian spy living in the UK has been poisoned in a Russian state-sponsored attack.

And it’s not hard to see why. The incident involving Sergei Skripal and his daughter has all the hallmarks of attempted “wet work” by Russia’s intelligence services.

Speaking in the House of Commons on Tuesday, Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, described Russia as a “malign and disruptive force” in global affairs and warned that the government would “respond appropriately and robustly”. Today, Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, called the poisoning “brazen and reckless” and emphasised that “there is nothing soft about the UK’s response to any sort of state activity in this country”.

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