Rolling coverage of political developments, including the US president saying he will discuss Salisbury spy poisoning case with Theresa May
RT, formerly Russia Today, has hit back at the broadcasting regulator, after Ofcom warned that if Moscow was implicated in the poisoning of Skripal, it would look into whether the broadcaster is “fit and proper”. RT said in a statement:
We disagree with the position taken by Ofcom; our broadcasting has in no way changed this week, from any other week and continues to adhere to all standards.
By linking RT to unrelated matters, Ofcom is conflating its role as a broadcasting regulator with matters of state.
The deputy prime minister of Ireland, Simon Coveney, has expressed his country’s solidarity with the UK in identifying the perpetrator(s) of the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. He said:
Ireland condemns this cowardly attack which has taken place on our neighbour’s soil. The use of chemical weapons, including the use of any toxic weapons, is unacceptable and abhorrent.
The incident in Salisbury represents a disturbing violation of international law and goes against norms which have long been established. We join many states in supporting the UK’s efforts to ensure a thorough investigation so that the perpetrators of this crime can be held accountable.