Urgent COBRA meeting this morning as Tories vow 'POWERFUL RESPONSE' to Russia ...

Amber Rudd RussiaGETTYAmber Rudd will hold the emergency meeting in the morning

Ms Rudd will discuss the latest developments on the investigation with Cabinet colleagues and securituy officials in the meeting.

The Home Secretary has vowed the UK will send a “powerful response” to Russian President Vladimir Putin after Theresa May said it was “highly likely” Moscow was responsible for the Salisbury attack.

Speaking in the House of Commons, the Prime Minister accused Russia of an "unlawful use of force".

The former Russian double agent, 66, and his daughter, Yulia, 33, remain in comas in a hospital more than a week after they were found collapsed on a bench.

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Mrs May said: "There are only two plausible explanations for what happened in Salisbury on March 4.

"Either this was a direct action by the Russian state against our country, or the Russian government lost control of its potentially catastrophically damaging nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others."

The Government are now said to be considering how to respond the incident.

MPs have demanded in the House of Commons the TV license for Russia Today, Moscow’s media propaganda arm, be revoked and Boris Johnson has previously suggested England should boycott the World Cup.

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Meanwhile, the US has declared it stands with the UK in whatever action it takes against Russia.

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