Two Russians named as suspects in United Kingdom nerve agent attack

Hugh Fox
September 10, 2018

"We have full confidence in the British assessment that the two suspects were officers from the Russian military intelligence service, also known as the GRU, and that this operation was nearly certainly approved at a senior government level".

"The GRU is a highly-disciplined organization with a well-established chain of command". She said there was clear evidence of Russian state involvement.

Britain secured the support of the leaders of United States, France, Germany, and Canada, who issued a joint statement on September 6 in which they agreed with the British assessment that Russia's government "almost certainly" approved the poisoning.

Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin bears ultimate responsibility for an nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter in Salisbury earlier this year, Britain's security minister said on Thursday.

Authorities in the United Kingdom are not applying to Russian Federation for the extradition of the two suspects as London does not have extradition agreements with Moscow, the BBC said on Wednesday. Police said in a statement that those are the names by which the suspects "are known to them".

The police force released a series of images of the suspects as they travelled through London and Salisbury between March 2 and March 4.

Dawn Sturgess, who died in July.

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Police didn't test the budget City Stay Hotel for Novichok until two months after the attack, but Basu said the tiny quantity of nerve agent found there did not pose a risk to other guests.

"We know that Novichok was applied to the Skripals' front door in an area that is accessible to the public, which also endangered the lives of members of the public and emergency service responders".

Charlie Rowley, 45, told police he found a box he thought contained perfume in a charity bin on Wednesday June 27.

Basu said the manner in which the bottle and packaging was adapted makes it a "perfect cover" for smuggling the weapon into the country.

The offences include conspiracy to murder Sergei Skripal; the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal, Yulia Skripal and Nick Bailey; the use and possession of Novichok contrary to the Chemical Weapons Act; and causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Yulia Skripal and Nick Bailey. The prosecutors said that the not asking Moscow to extradite the men because Russian law forbids extradition of the country's citizens.

Peskov recalled that Russian Federation offered Britain cooperation in the investigation into the Skripal case from the very beginning, but Britain declined to accept it. Should this position change then an extradition request would be made.

But it added that a European Arrest Warrant has been obtained in case they travel to the European Union.

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The names are believed to be aliases.

Britain will catch two men accused of using the Novichok nerve agent in the English town of Salisbury if they ever step out of Russia, Home Secretary Sajid Javid has said. Both Skripal, a GRU officer who turned double agent for Britain, and his daughter were hospitalized for weeks in critical condition.

"This has included trying to pass the blame for this attack onto terrorists, onto our worldwide partners, and even onto the future mother-in-law of Yulia Skripal".

The Metropolitan Police continue a murder investigation into the death of Sturgess.

The events sparked a huge public health alert and plunged the UK Government's relations with the Kremlin into crisis. The British government claimed that Russian Federation might have been involved in the incident.

The war of words with Russian Federation following the Novichok attack has escalated, with a senior minister saying Vladimir Putin bore ultimate responsibility for the action of his spies.

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