France, Germany, US and UK issue joint statement blaming Russia for Salisbury attack as Moscow vows to expel British diplomats

The leaders of France, Germany, the US and the UK have issued a joint statement blaming Russia for the nerve agent attack in Salisbury as Moscow said it will expel British diplomats in retaliation for Theresa May’s action against the Kremlin.

Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel and Donald Trump – the leaders of three of the UK’s most important allies – said they agreed with the Prime Minister’s assessment that there was “no plausible alternative explanation” for the attack.

The joint statement represents a major boost for Mrs May and comes one day after she moved to expel 23 Russian diplomats and suspended high-level contact with Moscow in response to the Salisbury incident.