UK Believes Russia Has Spied on Skripals Since 2013

14 April, 2018, 22:14 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Salisbury incident

Mr. Sedwill's letter also says that Britain has evidence that Russian security services have been monitoring the Skripal family.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Moscow would not believe any conclusions about the poisoning unless Russian experts were given access to the investigation.

Russia had spied on ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter for at least five years before the poison attack that put them both in critical condition, the U.K.'s national security advisor said Friday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted on Friday that a report this week by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons did not confirm the origin of the poison used against the Skripals.

The claims come after the global Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons backed Britain's assertion the Skripals were poisoned by Novichok. "We will do everything we can to establish the facts, to identify who was responsible and if at all possible, bring them to justice".

The global chemical weapons watchdog has said an analysis of samples gathered from Sergei Skripal, Yulia Skripal, and detective sergeant Nick Bailey - who was affected during the emergency response - confirmed the U.K.'s assessment of the incident.

The OPCW laboratories tests' - the details of which were kept confidential - findings about the chemical's purity supports the British Government's assertion that a state was involved.

"We didn't produce Novichok, we didn't store this Novichok, so-called under the Western classification, was never in our military forces".

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Russian Federation has denied all involvement in the incident, which the United Kingdom blames on Moscow, and which has led to a spiraling diplomatic dispute between the two nations. It is known, that Skripals were poisoned in Salisbury this way. A police officer was also taken ill after attending the scene.

Skripal, 66, and his daughter, 33, were admitted to a hospital after being found unconscious on a public bench on March 4.

On Wednesday she said she did not now wish to take up an offer of consular assistance from the Russian embassy, according to a note released by London's Metropolitan Police.

Turning to "operational experience", Sedwill said Russian had a "proven record of conducting state-sponsored assassination".

"We are not allowed to see our citizens, talk to doctors, have no idea about the treatment the Russian nationals receive", he said.

"There is no plausible alternative explanation", he added.

The poisoning of Mr Skripal, who settled in Britain in 2010 after being released by Moscow in a spy swap, shows "how reckless Russian Federation is prepared to be", the head of Britain's GCHQ spy agency said.

Last week, the chief executive of the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory in Porton Down, Britain's premier chemical weapons laboratory, said its scientists could not identify "the precise source" of the chemical, though its purity indicated that it was nearly certainly created by a "state actor".

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