Апреля 24, 2018

Poisonings: Nerve agent tests prove United Kingdom was right

15 Апреля 2018, 09:44 | Taylor George

Nerve Agent Used on Ex-Russian Spy a 'Horror' Poison

Yulia Skripal Has Snubbed Moscow's Help After The Nerve Agent Attack

"Already politicians like Boris Johnson are once again trying to distort the truth and announce that the OPCW statement supports Britain's conclusions without exception", Sergei Lavrov said.

"I want to underline: the OPCW only has confirmed the composition of the chemical agent", Lavrov said at a news conference.

In a letter to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation secretary general Jens Stoltenberg, Sir Mark also revealed that intelligence chiefs had identified the laboratory where Novichok is believed to have been developed in the Soviet Union and said that after its collapse Russian Federation had continued producing the toxin.

The finding, announced by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), an global chemical weapons watchdog, was immediately jumped on by British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson as an indictment of Russia's culpability in the attack.

"Only Russia has the means, motive and record", Johnson said. The attack shredded ties between Russian Federation and Britain and led to a crisis in relations between Moscow and the west including a huge wave of tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions.

Doctors treating the two victims of last month's poisoning attack in Salisbury England, have confirmed that one of the victims Yulia Skripal has been released from hospital.

But a Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said the allegations were a "clear anti-Russian campaign, the like of which we have not seen in the world for a long time in terms of its scale and lack of principles".

In a statement issued via the police, she said rejected assistance from the Russian Embassy "at the moment".

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Separately, Russia shortly afterwards said it suspected British authorities of detaining the spy's daughter, who was poisoned with him, following her recent departure from hospital.

Skripal was a former Russian intelligence officer who acted as a double agent for MI6 and was caught, imprisoned, then pardoned and sent to Britain in a spy swap in 2010.

Police have said that the highest concentrations of the Novichok nerve agent were found on Mr Skripal's front door, suggesting that was where the nerve agent had been deposited.

Making a specific reference to her Russia-based cousin, Viktoria, she said that "her opinions and assertions are not mine and they are not my father's".

The national security adviser said that President Putin "was closely involved in the Russian chemical weapons..."

She added that her father remains "seriously ill", and that she is suffering from the attack.

The Russian embassy in London cast doubt on the authenticity of Yulia Skripal's statement, saying it indicates the UK's "forcible isolation of the Russian citizen".

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