>> Either this was a direct act by the Russian state against our country, or the Russian government lost control with its potentially catastrophically damaging nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others.>> British Prime Minister Teresa May has now publicly pointed the focus of the investigation at Moscow for the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, the former spy's daughter and the British policeman who was first on the scene.
And the Russian ambassador has been summoned levying the threat of retaliation.>> There can be no question of business as usual.>> Allister Snout is with the Rueters' London Bureau.>> May's statement on Russia today was much more pointed than perhaps we might have expected. Certainly she'd come under some pressure from lawmakers in her own party, and the opposition, for her to take a strong stance.
But for her to say that it was highly likely that was Russian involvement while investigators are still trying to determine exactly what's happened, that is a strong statement of intent from her.>> The Prime Minister said the incident took place against a pattern of Russian state aggression. Specifically mentioning a similar incident in 2006, the assassination of a defector Alexander Litvenyenko in London.
At that time, it halted security cooperation, some visa programs, and saw the expulsion of Russian diplomats.>> She said that this time around there would be much more extensive measures. Now, in practice exactly whether she can hit Russia where it hurts, which is perhaps the money side of things, as a fairly extensive oligarch population in London.
Wherever she can do much more or take action, which they take notice of is, perhaps, a bit questionable.>> May says her government has no doubt that this specific nerve agent was Russian made. Although they've stopped short of saying that the state's sanctioned it's use. Russia's denied any involvement from the beginning and called May's statement a circus show.
Sergei Skripal and his daughter are in critical condition. The policeman, Nick Bailey, is stable.