Germany ‘very concerned’ by spy poisoning

LONDON (AP) — Germany’s foreign minister says Berlin is “very concerned” about the poisoning of the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in England and is voicing solidarity with Britain.

Sigmar Gabriel said in a statement that he spoke by phone Tuesday with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. He said that “we condemn this attack with a banned chemical weapon in the strongest terms.”

Gabriel said that the perpetrators must be brought to justice and added: “If it is confirmed that Russia is behind this, that would be a very serious matter.”

Gabriel is to be replaced as foreign minister by Heiko Maas, who is a member of the same party, when German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s new government takes office on Wednesday.