March 19, 2018 / 2:39 PM / a month ago

Sweden to summon Russian ambassador over nerve toxin claim

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The Swedish foreign ministry said it would summon Russia’s ambassador on Tuesday over Moscow’s claim that Sweden could be the source of a nerve toxin used in the Skripal attack in Britain.

Britain accuses Russia of being behind the attack in Salisbury on Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy for the West, and his daughter Yulia, using the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok.

Moscow has poured scorn on the allegations and a Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman said on Saturday the most likely source of the agent was Britain itself, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, the United States or Sweden.

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom has called that claim “unacceptable and unfounded”.

“Russia’s ambassador will be summoned to the foreign ministry tomorrow on account of the Russian accusations that Sweden could be a source of the nerve toxin used in the attempted murder in Salisbury,” a foreign ministry spokeswoman told Reuters on Monday.

Reporting by Johan Ahlander; editing by Niklas Pollard and Andrew Roche

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