Brussels [Belgium], Mar 23 (ANI): The European Union (EU) leaders on Thursday supported the United Kingdom's claims, that Russia was 'highly likely' responsible for the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy Sergei Skripal earlier this month.
The president of the European Council, Donald Tusk wrote on Twitter that it was "highly likely" that Russia's government was behind the attack, which used a Soviet-era nerve agent, adding that there was no other "plausible" explanation.
Meanwhile, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert on Wednesday reiterated that Moscow was behind the attack and that the Trump administration was not interested in Russia's explanation for the attack, adding that it led to the souring of relations with the West, The Hill reported.
Retired military intelligence officer Skripal, 66, and his daughter, Yulia, 33, were found slumped on a bench in Salisbury city centre on March 4. However, they remain in a critical but stable condition in hospital.
According to media reports, Skripal was convicted by the Russian government of passing secrets to UK's Secret Intelligence Service MI6 in 2004, but was given refuge in the UK in 2010 as part of a "spy swap." (ANI)