Named possible reason of attempt at Skripal media

Aaron Brown
September 10, 2018

The use of the military grade nerve agent of Russian origin known as Novichok, and the alleged attack to murder former Russian former spy, Sergi Skirpal and his daughter, has stiffened Theresa May's stand to sanction Russia.

But UK authorities acknowledged there was little chance Russian Federation would hand over the suspects, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, to face justice in Britain.

We welcome the progress made in the investigation into the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, and take note of the attempted murder charges brought yesterday against two suspects.

That confirms a statement made by Charlie Rowley, who said that in July he had found what he thought was a bottle of perfume, which he had given to his partner Dawn Sturgess who later died from the effects of Novichok.

The bottle contained Novichok and Sturgess later died in hospital.

CCTV image of Russian Ruslan Boshirov arriving at Gatwick airport.

The statement by Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia to a session of the U.N. Security Council came hours after Britain's security minister said Russian President Vladimir Putin is ultimately responsible for the nerve-agent poisoning in March of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in the city of Salisbury.

Prime Minister Theresa May has previously said the attack was "almost certainly" approved at a "senior level" of the Russian state, while Security Minister Ben Wallace said Mr Putin bore ultimate responsibility as head of the government in Moscow.

The US, France, Germany and Canada have agreed with the UK's assessment that Russia's government "almost certainly" approved the Salisbury poisoning.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova dismissed the latest claims. She has criticized London for turning down Moscow's request to see the case files. Instead, it has taken out a European arrest warrant, which means that if either man travels to a country where a European arrest warrant is valid, they will be arrested and face extradition on these charges.

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Sue Hemming, director of Legal Services at the Crown Prosecution Service, said Wednesday that there was sufficient evidence to charge Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov with using Novichok in violation of chemical weapons law; conspiracy to murder Sergei Skripal; and the attempted murder of both Skripals and a British police officer who was also poisoned.

"causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Yulia Skripal and Nick Bailey".

New Zealand's Foreign Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand welcomed the progress the United Kingdom has made in identifying the suspects in the case.

Police revealed further details of how they believed Petrov and Boshirov managed to sneak Novichok, which is banned under worldwide chemical weapons laws, into the country.

Britain's most senior counter-terrorism officer, assistant commissioner Neil Basu, laid out a detailed trail showing how the suspects travelled from Moscow to London and then on to Salisbury, featuring numerous CCTV images and supporting detail.

"Nina Ricci and our enquiries have confirmed that it is not a genuine Nina Ricci perfume bottle, box or nozzle".

Security cameras filmed the suspects near Skripal's house, and traces of Novichok were found in their London hotel room.

Three days later he got some of the contents on himself, while Ms Sturgess applied some of the substance to her wrists.

A joint statement by the leaders of France, Germany, the United States and Canada on Thursday said they had "full confidence in the British assessment" as they chose to "reiterate our outrage" over the incident.

On Wednesday Russian officials dismissed May's comments apportioning blame for the Skripal attack to the military spy agency.

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