Putin is responsible for novichok poisoning, says United Kingdom minister

Putin is responsible for novichok poisoning, says United Kingdom minister

Putin is responsible for novichok poisoning, says United Kingdom minister

Prime Minister Theresa May said the use of a chemical weapon in the city of Salisbury, which left a British woman dead and four people, including Skripal and his daughter, seriously ill, was carried out by officers of the GRU intelligence service and nearly certainly approved "at a senior level of the Russian state".

In an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today program, Wallace went further than Prime Minister Theresa May's assertion that the attack "was nearly certainly also approved outside the GRU at a senior level of the Russian state".

After the attack in March, Britain and its allies expelled dozens of Russian diplomats, prompting Moscow to respond in kind, while the USA later introduced sanctions in relation to the incident.

Two Russian nationals have been named as suspects in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

"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", the Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement.

"We have, however, obtained a European arrest warrant (EAW) which means that if either man travels to a country where an EAW is valid, they will be arrested and face extradition on these charges for which there is no statute of limitations".

US Ambassador Nikki Haley said everyone should be "chilled to the bone" with the findings. Russian authorities ultimately discovered and arrested Skripal, who was then traded to the Americans in a high-profile spy swap.

Police say the two men flew back to Moscow from Heathrow Airport on the evening of March 4, hours after the Skripals were found collapsed on a park bench in Salisbury. They spent two nights in an east London hotel, making two day trips to Salisbury, the first for reconnaissance, the second to kill Skripal. Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey also fell ill after responding to the incident.

Police say Petrov and Boshirov, both about 40, flew from Moscow to London on Russian passports two days before the Skripals were poisoned.

Ushakov pointed to the fact that British authorities mentioned that they think the men's names are aliases and wondered "why this has been done and what kind of a message" Britain is trying to send to the Russian government.

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In a statement from the Metropolitan Police Wednesday morning, counter-terror boss Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said 250 counter-terror officers had been involved in the investigation, and that an Interpol red notice would be circulated for the men.

United Kingdom police now believe the deadly nerve agent used in the attempted murder of a former Russian double agent and his daughter was brought into the country in a counterfeit perfume bottle with a specially made poison applicator.

Her partner, Charlie Rowley, 48, was also treated in the same Salisbury hospital and later released.

Dawn Sturgess, 44, became an indirect casualty of the poisoning and she died after she touched the poisoned item with her hand.

They also urged Moscow to come clean to the organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) about its Novichok programme.

The two suspects in the Salisbury nerve agent attack will be caught and prosecuted if they ever step out of Russian Federation, the home secretary has warned.

Rowley gave it to his girlfriend, Dawn Sturgess, who later died.

"She needs one phone call from her son", Victoria said, adding that Skripal used to call his mother every two weeks.

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Wallace said his government would seek to "maintain the pressure" on Russian Federation.

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