Podcast: UK Points to Russia’s “Unlawful Use of Force” Over Nerve Agent Attack — What Now?

On Monday, UK Prime Minister Theresa May set out details of the March 4 assassination attempt, using the nerve agent Novichok, on the former Russian spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in southern England.

May said the identification of Novichok — developed in the Soviet Union from the 1970s to evade standard methods of detection and 5 to 8 times more powerful than VX — pointed to either Russian responsibility for the attack or a loss of control over its chemical stocks. She asked for an explanation from Moscow by today; otherwise, the UK and allies will take action from Wednesday, probably including toughened economic sanctions.

As soon as May finished speaking, I evaluated the situation with BBC Radio Ulster:

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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