U.S. Backs Britain, Says Chemical Attack on Agent 'Fits Pattern of Behavior' by Russia

A White House statement accuses Russia of 'attempts to subvert and discredit Western democratic institutions'; U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley calls on Security Council to take action

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley at the UN Security Council, March 14, 2018.
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The United States shares Britain's assessment that Russia was responsible for a nerve agent attack in Britain against a former Russian double agent and supports Britain's decision to expel Russian diplomats, the White House said in a statement on Wednesday.

It said the attack "fits into a pattern of behavior in which Russia disregards the international rules-based order, undermines the sovereignty and security of countries worldwide, and attempts to subvert and discredit Western democratic institutions and processes." 

Earlier Wednesday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said  the United States believes Russia is responsible for a chemical attack in Britain on a former Russia double agent and his daughter, and the UN Security Council should take action.

“The United States believes that Russia is responsible for the attack on two people in the United Kingdom using a military-grade nerve agent,” Haley told a Security Council meeting.