March 21, 2018 / 2:24 PM / 5 months ago

Salisbury attack probably linked to Russian election: Britain's Johnson

LONDON (Reuters) - The timing of an attack using military-grade nerve agent against a former Russian spy in England was probably connected to the weekend election won by President Vladimir Putin, British foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson holds a joint news conference with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg (not pictured) at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, March 19, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

“The timing (of the attack in Salisbury) is probably more closely connected with the recent election in Russia,” he told a committee of lawmakers.

“And as many non-democratic figures do when facing an election or facing some critical political moment, it is often attractive to conjure up in the public imagination the notion of an enemy.”

Reporting by William James, writing by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Stephen Addison

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