In call with Britain's May, Merkel condemns nerve agent attack in England

by Reuters
Tuesday, 13 March 2018 17:28 GMT

BERLIN, March 13 (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke by phone with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday and condemned a nerve agent attack on an ex-Russian spy in England that the British government said could be the handiwork of Moscow.

Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said she had assured May that she was taking extremely seriously the British government's views on possible Russian involvement in the attack.

"(Merkel) said it's up to Russia to quickly provide answers to the British government's justified questions and to heed the call to completely and immediately lay bare the relevant chemical weapons programme to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons," Seibert said. He said Merkel and May agreed to remain in close contact on the issue and to consult with allies and European partners on it.

(Reporting by Michelle Martin and Thomas Seythal Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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