United Kingdom says Russia's Putin is ultimately responsible for Novichok attack

United Kingdom says Russia's Putin is ultimately responsible for Novichok attack

Britain has concluded that the two men charged on Wednesday for the attempted murder of a former spy and his daughter with a nerve agent were Russian military intelligence officers nearly certainly acting with senior-level state approval.

The UK named two men, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, believed to be from Russia's military intelligence service, the GRU, as the main suspects. Det Sgt Nick Bailey fell ill responding to the incident in Salisbury.

"Based on this work, I can now tell the house that based on a body of intelligence the government has concluded the two individuals named by the police and CPS are officers from the Russian military intelligence service, also known as the GRU".

"The GRU is a highly disciplined organisation with a well-established chain of command", she said.

May said the attack "was not a rogue operation" and was nearly certainly approved at a "senior level of the Russian state".

Sergei Skripal, the former Russian spy, and his daughter collapsed in downtown Salisbury after being exposed to the poison on Skripal's front door on March 4, police said.

Police also released an image of a counterfeit perfume bottle after tests found it contained a "significant amount" of Novichok.

The Russians travelled from Gatwick to London Victoria railway station and from there used the London transport network to cross the Thames to Waterloo station on the Southbank.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, himself a former KGB spy, said earlier last month Mr Skripal would have been dead if he was attacked with a weapons-grade agent.

Speaking at an emotional news conference in Russia, Victoria Skripal said she was in touch with Skripal's daughter Yulia, but that the family had not heard from him for more than half a year. The affair has worsened Russian relations with the West, already under strain over Ukraine, Syria and other issues.

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"We have lost all hope in finding the truth", he said, adding that the latest developments were "invented out of thin air".

Sergei Skripal was a granted refuge in the United Kingdom following a 2010 spy exchange between the US and Russian Federation.

Britain has called a United Nations Security Council meeting for Thursday to discuss the Novichok poisoning case.

But assistant commissioner Neil Basu, head of counterterrorism at London's Metropolitan Police, conceded it was "very, very unlikely" police would be in a position to arrest them any time soon.

"On Saturday March 3 they visited Salisbury, arriving at approximately 2.25pm and leaving less than two hours later, at 4.10pm".

"They stayed there on both Friday and Saturday evenings - and traces of Novichok were found in their hotel room". They are also charged with illegal use and possession of a chemical weapon.

Ms Hemming said: "We will not be applying to Russia for the extradition of these men as the Russian constitution does not permit extradition of its own nationals". However, he said they were making a good recovery.

But a fake perfume bottle containing Novichok was picked up weeks later by a local man, Charlie Rowley, who give it to his girlfriend, Dawn Sturgess.

But he added: "We don't yet know where the suspects disposed of the Novichok they used to attack the door, where Dawn and Charlie got the bottle that poisoned them, or if it is the same bottle used in both poisonings".

She is expected to speak to other leaders over the next few days as she seeks to forge an global alliance for further action against Russian Federation. "But should either of these individuals ever again travel outside Russian Federation, we will take every possible step to detain them, to extradite them and to bring them to face justice here in the United Kingdom".

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