Angela Merkel and Donald Trump Back UK Following Salisbury Attack

Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, and Donald Trump, the President of the United States, have issued their support to the British Government during phone calls made to Theresa May, the Prime Minister.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said about Merkel:

“The Prime Minister spoke to Chancellor Merkel earlier this afternoon to update her on the ongoing investigation into the Salisbury incident.

The Prime Minister set out the conclusion reached by the UK Government that it was highly likely that Russia was responsible for the attack against Sergei and Yulia Skripal. They discussed the pattern of aggressive Russian behaviour and agreed it would be important to act in unison with allies to counter it.

Chancellor Merkel condemned the attack and said she stood in full solidarity with the UK. They agreed that the international community should coordinate closely as the investigation developed and in the wake of Russia‚Äôs response”.

On the Trump call, the spokesperson said:

“The Prime Minister spoke to President Trump earlier this afternoon to update him on the ongoing investigation into the Salisbury incident. The Prime Minister set out the conclusion reached by the UK Government that it was highly likely that Russia was responsible for the attack against Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

President Trump said the US was with the UK all the way, agreeing that the Russian Government must provide unambiguous answers as to how this nerve agent came to be used”.