Theresa May gives Putin deadline to explain Salisbury spy attack

 | Tom Newton Dunn 03/13/2018 9:01 AM MDT
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THERESA May yesterday gave Russia’s Vladimir Putin until midnight tonight to explain the Salisbury spy poisoning — or face the wrath of Britain.

She told MPs it was “highly likely” ex-MI6 double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were attacked with a Russian-produced nerve agent called Novichok.

The PM revealed the chemical weapon used was designed by Russian scientists in the 1980s to kill thousands on the battlefield.

Stunned MPs shouted “shame” in the Commons as she said its “indiscriminate” use in targeting former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia “put the lives of innocent civilians at risk”.

Her comments come as the White House, and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson described the scandal as an "outrage" and vowed to stick by Britain.