Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed back against doubts that Russia probably is to blame for a nerve-agent attack in England, challenging the Kremlin before European Union leaders discuss their response to the poisoning of a former spy.
“I would be happy if I didn’t have to name Russia here, but we can’t ignore evidence just because we don’t want to call out Russia,” Merkel said in a speech to parliament on Wednesday, the first major policy address of her fourth term. “That’s no way to operate.”
The German leader renewed expressions of solidarity with the U.K. government and said “many indications” point to Russian involvement in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, who sold Russian secrets to U.K. intelligence, and his daughter.
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