Russian spy attack: Britain calls for urgent UN meeting

UK wants to update members of security council – upon which Russia also sits – on Skripal inquiry

Live updates: Russia tells UK it will face ‘equal reaction’ to reprisals

The UK has called for an urgent meeting of the UN security council to update council members on the investigation into the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, the Foreign Office said, as Theresa May prepared to set out a range of reprisals against the Russian state.

The measures, which are likely to include the expulsion of diplomats, will be put to parliament in a statement by the prime minister on Wednesday, after a midnight deadline passed for the Kremlin to explain why a former spy was poisoned by a Russian-manufactured nerve agent.

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