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Statement by Margot Wallström in support of the United Kingdom

I have spoken tonight with my British colleague Boris Johnson and conveyed my wholehearted support. I emphasised that Sweden has unequivocally condemned the use of the nerve agent against Sergei Skripal, his daughter and other civilians on UK soil. I reiterated our solidarity with the UK, as a partner in the EU and close friend to Sweden.

Sweden has noted Theresa May's assessment that the nerve agent in question has been identified as the type developed as a chemical weapon in the Soviet Union and later taken over by Russia, and that Russian involvement in this attack seems highly likely. We have also been clear that all use of chemical weapons is unacceptable.

Moreover, we have supported the UK's request that the matter be raised in the United Nations Security Council today. We support the UK's demand that Russia explain how this nerve agent came to be used in a murder attempt in the UK.

It is essential that those responsible for this attack be brought to justice.