Vladimir Putin in rejoicing in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and is in no way ashamed of it, according to former home secretary Blunkett.
Theresa May has said it's "highly likely" Russia was behind the attack on the former spy and has said it must explain why a Russian nerve agent was used to poison the man by the end of today (March 13). Russia has said claims it was likely to be behind the incident are "unfounded."
Lord Blunkett, a key member of the first Blair government, told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "Putin’s rejoicing in this rather than being in any way ashamed and it’s unlikely he’s going to say anything before the end of the day."
If Russia is behind this "then we are in a very different sort of cold war which reflects the nature of the breakdown of traditional standoffs. We’re not in a bloc versus a bloc.
"We’re much more into franchised individual actions that are difficult to predict, extremely difficult to prevent and cause the maximum havoc and danger, as well as embarrassment to the British people."
In response "we’ve got to pull together and above all we’ve got to get what remains our friends in Europe and in North America to stand with us" because unless retaliation is "done with allies in Europe and North America it will demonstrate our weakness not our strength.
"It’s only in the end economics and the economics of the elite that will actually change the mind of Vladimir Putin."
Blunkett added that after the response we must question why Skripal didn't have "a different identity - why wasn’t there at least some measures in place to protect him?
"Why didn’t we set up a temporary medical centre that people could attend rather than giving them advice a few days later about washing their clothes?"
Watch the interview above