The rhetoric of the Cold War appears to be back - with strong words at the UN Security Council and the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats from Britain.

The US, France and Germany along with the UK have issued a joint statement blaming Moscow for the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK.

The apparent unity in the West though comes at a time of friction over Brexit and an unpredictable White House.

Russia says the accusations are "insane" - and that Britain is refusing to cooperate with Moscow in the investigation of the incident.

Is there a rush to judgement by Western powers on Russia?

Presenter: Adrian Finighan


Vyacheslav Matuzov - a former Russian diplomat

Matthew Goodwin - senior visiting fellow in the Europe Programme at Chatham House

Fabrice Pothier - former director of Policy Planning for NATO

Source: Al Jazeera News