Skripal attack: Two Russian suspects named

Monday, 10 Sep, 2018

Russia's foreign ministry said the names given by Britain did not mean anything to Moscow.

Sergei Skripal, a former Russian military intelligence officer who betrayed dozens of agents to Britain's MI6 foreign spy service was found unconscious with his daughter Yulia on a public bench in the English city of Salisbury on March 4.

Investigations into the poisoning of Mr Rowley and Ms Sturgess are ongoing.

British authorities and the global chemical weapons watchdog say the Skripals were exposed to Novichok, a type of military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union during the cold war.

Earlier in the United Kingdom found that the assassination of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia in Salisbury with the use of poison the Newcomer involved in the Russian Grushnikov Ruslan Bashirov and Alexander Petrov.

A photo of the fake perfume box that was used to contain the nerve agent that poisoned Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess in Amesbury this July. Tests showed the bottle contained a "significant amount of Novichok", police said.

"Mr Speaker, we repeatedly asked Russian Federation to account for what happened in Salisbury in March, and they have replied with obfuscation and lies".

Prime Minister Theresa May told lawmakers that British intelligence has concluded that the two men are officers of Russia's GRU military intelligence service.

London and its allies blamed the Russian state for the attack, sparking a wave of tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions on both sides, while the U.S. imposed sanctions.

British Prime Minister Theresa May pinned the blame on the Russian government, telling the House of Commons the men were members of the GRU, Russia's military intelligence agency.

Moscow on Thursday said Britain's claim that the Kremlin bears ultimate responsibility for a nerve agent attack on a former spy in England was "unacceptable".

A RUSSIAN spy wanted for the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal reportedly had visited Britain nearly exactly one year before the Novichok attack in Salisbury.

"Neither Russia's top leadership nor those in the ranks below, nor any official representatives have anything to do with the events in Salisbury", Peskov said.

In a major new development, Prime Minister Theresa May announced Wednesday that police had issued worldwide arrest warrants for the two suspects, identified as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov.

Mr Wallace added: "I don't think that anyone can ever say that Mr Putin isn't in control of his state".

He added: "The GRU is without doubt not rogue".

The Skripal case has been likened by British politicians to the murder of Russian dissident ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned with a rare radioactive isotope in a London hotel in 2006.

The council will meet in open session at around 11:30 am (1530 GMT), diplomats said.

British Security Minister Ben Wallace said that Putin was "ultimately" responsible for the poisoning in the southwestern city of Salisbury, prompting an angry response from Moscow.

"We would like to hear from anyone who knows them", Basu said.

According to the source, some foreigners, including Russians, will lose the visa if the government will find they have "evidence of serious financial irregularities".

British police have linked the poisoning of the Skripals with a case almost four months later that saw Charlie Rowley and his partner, Dawn Sturgess, hospitalised after they came into contact with the same military-grade nerve agent.

Nebenzia has argued if the British are saying Petrov and Boshirov brought Novichok into the country in this Nina Ricci bottle then there is a key inconsistency.

Why have no charges been brought for the death of Dawn Sturgess?