EU leaders intend to approve a draft declaration, which refers to the “high likelihood of Russia’s responsibility” for the poisoning of Sergei Skripal in Britain.
Discussion of the document will take place today at a meeting of the European Council in Brussels.
“The European Union takes extremely seriously the assessment of the British government that the Russian Federation is very likely to be responsible,” the declaration says.
It is specified that the draft statement contains “a decisive condemnation” of the first use of chemical weapons in Europe since the Second World War, as well as an appeal to the EU countries to coordinate their actions proceeding from the reaction of the Russian authorities.
The British authorities have not yet raised the issue of the EU imposing additional sanctions against the Russian Federation.