Russia is definitely behind the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergey Skripal and his daughter with a military-grade nerve agent in southern England, former Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko said in an interview with U.K. media Sky News.
Yuschenko said it was right for a large number of Russian diplomats to be forced to leave European countries and the United States, but that it may not be enough, and joint military actions might even be required.
Yuschenko said he had no doubt Moscow had poisoned the former Russian spy, saying he was familiar with the Kremlin’s methods. The ex-president was himself poisoned in 2004, and he believes the assassination attempt against him was ordered by Moscow when he was about to reorient Ukraine towards Europe – a political move opposed by the Kremlin.
“I have no doubt (that Russia carried out the attack on Skripal). I want Western society – Western governments and European governments in particular – to have no doubt too,” the former Ukrainian president told Sky News on March 28.
If Russia was indeed behind the attack, this would be the first known offensive use of a nerve toxin in Europe since the Second World War.