The Brits have arrested two Russian nationals -- thought to be Russian military intelligence officers -- in the poisoning of Putin foe and former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
Speaking in the Commons, Prime Minister Theresa May said the government had concluded, from intelligence provided by UK agencies, that the men were part of the GRU intelligence service.
The poisoning was "not a rogue operation" and was "almost certainly" approved at a senior level of the Russian state, she said.
"We must now step up our collective efforts specifically against the GRU," Mrs May added.
She condemned the "despicable attack" and promised "the full range of tools from across our national security apparatus" would be used to "counter the threat" caused by Russia.
Responding in a statement, Russia's London embassy called on the British government to "give up politicised public accusations".
The embassy statement accused the UK authorities of being unwilling to engage with them, by providing additional information about the suspects such as their passport numbers.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the use of military-grade nerve agent on the streets of Britain was an "outrage and beyond reckless".
As for proof, the British government released photos of the two agents entering the country via Gatwick airport as well as traffic cam photos of them in Salisbury in early March shortly before the poisonings.
I'm a big believer in coincidence but that's a little too much to swallow.
Putin is not even trying to hide his intent to use death squads to murder his political opponents anymore. Might he use his agents to murder leaders from other nations who give him trouble?
Sarah Huckabee Sanders nails it.
Again, this is real.
Some are suggesting it could be from Mike Pence, because of the word "lodestar." Here's a great response to that bunk idea.
A few hours back, I went on Israel's I-24 News to discuss Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Here's the key bit of my interview.
This is real.
Trump is in a bind. Either this is perfect evidence that the Deep State does exist, or the entire thing should be dismissed because "anonymous sources" are the devil... To be honest, I'm thinking it's the former.
Yes, we have a case in which the "Deep State" is a less conspiratorial explanation of what's going on there.