Tusk voices full solidarity with UK over nerve agent incident

President of the European Council Donald Tusk Wednesday expressed the support of the 28-member EU to the UK over the nerve agent incident in Salisbury and said he might put the issue on the agenda of the EU summit in Brussels next week.

“Irrespective of Brexit and the tough negotiations, I would like to express my full solidarity with Prime Minister Theresa May in the face of the brutal attack, which was inspired, most likely, by Moscow. I am ready to put this issue on the agenda of next week’s EU summit,” he said in press statements after a meeting with Prime Minister of Finland Juha Sipila in Helsinki.

He said they discussed in today’s meeting the preparations for the EU summit next week and also US President Donald Trump’s recent announcements on trade restrictions.

“His proposal to impose tariffs on European steel and aluminium is a bad sign for transatlantic relations. Let me be clear: instead of risking a trade war, which he seems eager to wage, we should be aiming for greater cooperation,” said Tusk.

He noted that Finland’s Presidency of the EU in the autumn of next year will be a critical period for the EU.

“Yours will be the first full Presidency following the UK’s exit from the EU. It will also be the Presidency to oversee the institutional transition, with a new European Parliament, European Commission and a new President of the European Council,” added Tusk.

Source: Kuwait News Agency