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  U.K. Prime Minister's Speech on the Russian Poisoning of Sergei Skripal: Decoding the Signals
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Last EditedRP  Mar 13, 2018 03:23pm
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AuthorMatt Tait
News DateTuesday, March 13, 2018 04:20:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionMay wasn’t speaking to a domestic audience: Her speech was aimed at the international community. The United States needs to hear it for what it is—and it doesn’t have a lot of time to get its act together and plan how to respond.

Finally, May says magic legal words that will be keeping foreign ministers in NATO up at night: “If there is no credible response by the end of Tuesday, the U.K. will conclude there has been an ‘unlawful use of force’ by Moscow.” The words “use of force” are legal terms concerning armed conflict, or jus ad bellum. She does not use them here by accident. The U.K. is stating loudly and unequivocally that the Russian government’s use of chemical weapons to murder people in the U.K. isn’t being treated as a law-enforcement matter. It’s an armed attack, and the U.K.’s response will be justified under the doctrine of self-defense.

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