The UK called for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday to discuss suspected Russian involvement in the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
This follows the expiration of a midnight deadline, set by Theresa May for Russia to explain how a Soviet-era nerve toxin came to be used in the 4 March Salisbury incident after the Prime Minister branded the country as “highly likely” to have been involved.
Russia failed to meet this deadline, insisting that it has “no motive” for the attempted murder and has threatened “retaliatory measures” if the UK were to take any steps against the country.
British Ambassador Julian Braithwaite said: “The council and the United Nations General Assembly have decried Russia's violations of international law with alarming regularity. Its reckless behavior is an affront to all this body stands for.”
Braithwaite cited a long list of complaints against Russia which were echoed by other parties at the UN Human Rights Council.
Jason Mack, a first secretary at the US mission in Geneva, said: “From Ukraine to Syria, and now the United Kingdom, Russia continues to be an irresponsible force of instability in the world, acting with open disregard for the sovereignty of other states and the lives of those living within their borders.”
For its part, Russia did not acknowledge the Salisbury incident as its representative instead commented on alleged human rights violations against African-Americans in the United States.