Two Russian Nationals Named in Poisoning of Ex-Spy, Daughter

10 September, 2018, 13:46 | Author: Angel Logan
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"For us any sort of accusation regarding the Russian leadership is unacceptable", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists.

Police and prosecutors announced they had enough evidence to charge the men, named as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, over the poisoning in March.

"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 statement issued by Canada, France, Germany, and the United States says.

The British government has said Russian President Vladimir Putin is ultimately responsible for the attack, something Moscow has strongly denied.

While the West sees footage of two Russian operatives being repeatedly recorded on a failed assassination attempt, Moscow knows that dissidents and outspoken critics of Putin see something very different-two GRU operatives moving freely in one of the most heavily surveilled countries on earth, conducting an operating using a nerve agent, and then safely and seamlessly returning back to Russia undetected, until it is too late to apprehend them.

Britain has called a United Nations Security Council meeting for Thursday to discuss the Novichok poisoning case.

Mrs May has been in contact with US President Donald Trump and other leaders as she attempts to build an worldwide alliance in support of her stance.

"As we made clear in March, only Russian Federation had the technical means, operational experience and motive to carry out the attack".

By law, the government can't get into the business of cyber attacks to disrupt the GRU work unless they can prove to government lawyers that it is necessary, proportionate and to a specific point.

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".

Sue Hemming of the Crown Prosecution Service said the United Kingdom wouldn't ask Moscow to hand the men over because Russian law forbids extradition of its citizens.

Detectives believe the front door of Mr Skripal's Salisbury home was contaminated with Novichok on Sunday March 4. Police said in a statement that those are the names by which the suspects "are known to them". He was hospitalized and his girlfriend Dawn Sturgess, 44, died after being exposed to the contents. As a result, Basu said, police weren't yet ready to bring charges in the second poisoning.

Novichok was found in a counterfeit perfume bottle that police found in Mr Rowley's house.

This included spending two nights at a hotel in east London and making a suspected "reconnaissance" trip to Salisbury the day before the Skripals were poisoned.

Two days later, police say they sprayed the nerve agent, Novichok, on the front door of Mr Skripal's home in the Wiltshire city of Salisbury, before travelling home to Russian Federation later that day.

"On Saturday March 3 they visited Salisbury, arriving at approximately 2.25pm and leaving less than two hours later, at 4.10pm".

Mr Trump's endorsement of the message followed claims that he was "reluctant" to expel 60 Russian diplomats in the aftermath of the Salisbury attack.

Inconspicuously labeled as "Nina Ricci Premier Jour" and bearing the words "Made in France", the bottle had been specially created to be leakproof and had a custom applicator, UK Metropolitan police said.

Britain produced an "unfounded and mendacious cocktail of facts" and is refusing to cooperate with Russia in investigating the poisoning "to unleash a disgusting anti-Russian hysteria and to involve other countries in this hysteria", Nebenzia said. Russia's foreign ministry said the names given by Britain did not mean anything to Moscow.


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