Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

"Unacceptable": Russia On Britain Blaming Kremlin For Spy Poisoning


British prosecutors charged two Russians for the attempted murder of a former Russian spy and his daughter with a nerve agent, naming suspects for the first time in a case that has caused one of the biggest East-West rifts in decades.

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

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

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.

"The GRU is a highly-disciplined organization with a well-established chain of command".

On September 6, the governments of the United States, Canada, France, and Germany issued a statement in support of the U.K.'s assessment of the direct culpability of the Russian government in the March 2018 attempted assassination of two Russian nationals on British soil.

Salisbury Novichok poisoning suspects are shown apparently smiling minutes after allegedly smearing the nerve agent on the front door of former double-agent Sergei Skripal on 4 March.

The attack left Mr Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter hospitalised for weeks.

Russia has repeatedly denied any involvement and some Russian officials have suggested the British security services carried out that attack to stoke anti-Moscow hysteria.

Britain has also called a meeting of the United Nations Security Council - of which Russian Federation is a permanent member - for Thursday.

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Assistant police commissioner Neil Basu would not say whether police believe the suspects worked for Russian security services but, he said, "This was a sophisticated attack across borders".

Mr Corbyn had a security briefing this morning from officials which doesn't appear to have gone into "next steps" but did manage to convince him that the Russian state itself was responsible for the attacks in Salisbury and the Russian state should be condemned.

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.

While the motive for the attack on Skripal, who was exchanged in a Kremlin-approved spy swap in 2010, remains unclear, some analysts point to its function as a deterrent for Russian operatives who may have been thinking about colluding with foreign intelligence against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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.

Prosecutors can not apply to Russian Federation for the men to be extradited because Russian Federation does not have extradition agreements with the UK.

He said his partner, Dawn Sturgess, 44, had applied some of the substance to her wrists before feeling unwell.

As a result, he said, police are not yet ready to bring charges in the second poisoning.

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

Mr 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. The names of the two men "do not mean anything to us", RIA cited the Foreign Ministry as saying.

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