Russia says it is not to blame for poisoning of Sergei Skripal – hours after Theresa May set deadline for the country to respond

Russia has denied any involvement in the nerve agent attack on a Russian double agent on UK soil – hours after Theresa May gave the country until midnight tonight to provide a response.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Russia “is not to blame” for the poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury.

Mr Lavrov said Russia had no connection to the poisoning, and demanded access to samples of the nerve agent used in the attack.

 Mr Skripal and his daugther Yulia are both still fighting for their lives in hospital.
Russian spy poisoning: Military forces work on a van in Winterslow (AP)

It comes as the head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapon condemned the use of a chemical agent.

Speaking at The Hague, Director General Ahmet Uzumcu said those responsible “must be held accountable.”

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