Watchdog confirms UK findings on nerve agent used on Russian spy

Watchdog confirms UK findings on nerve agent used on Russian spy

Watchdog confirms UK findings on nerve agent used on Russian spy

Russian Federation said it would consider any secret resettlement of the Skripals as an abduction of its citizens. "We expect this to be held next week", the tweet reads.

The OPCW's job was to identify the poison, not to trace its origins or assign blame.

Russian Federation has consistently denied any involvement in the poisoning.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Thursday accused Britain of waging a defamation campaign against Russia, manipulating public opinion and hiding facts. She added that Moscow will continue to demand access to her and prod Britain to share evidence in the case.

Following the OPCW report published Thursday, the U.K. called for a United Nations Security Council meeting over the results, which will most likely be set for next week. The goal was only to confirm the identification of the nerve agent used.

The OPCW did not name the chemical, saying that information and its structure would be in a full classified report available to signatory states of the organisation.

A forensic tent covering the bench where Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found is repositioned by officials in protective suits in the centre of Salisbury on March 8.

Johnson said the chemical "was a military grade nerve agent - a Novichok", a group of deadly chemical compounds reportedly developed by the Soviet government in the 1970s and 1980s.

The Novichok class of nerve agents were developed in Russian Federation and their existence were first revealed in the early 1990s by a dissident scientist.

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Sergei Skripal remains in hospital as he recovers from the effects of the toxic nerve agent. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Britain would have to apologize to Russian Federation for its "mad accusations".

The poisoning has sparked a Cold War-style diplomatic crisis Russian Federation and the West, including the expulsion of hundreds of diplomats from the two sides.

"That's sobering. It demonstrates how reckless Russian Federation is prepared to be, how little the Kremlin cares for the worldwide rules-based order".

"The results of analysis by OPCW-designated laboratories of environmental and biomedical samples confirm the findings of the United Kingdom relating to the identity of the toxic chemical that was used in Salisbury and severely injured three people", the summary said.

He added: "There remains no alternative explanation about who was responsible - only Russian Federation has the means, motive and record". His 33-year-old daughter Yulia was released from hospital this week and is said to be living with police protection.

"I find myself in a totally different life than the ordinary one I left just over a month ago, and I am seeking to come to terms with my prospects, whilst also recovering from this attack on me", she said.

"Until that time, I want to stress that no one speaks for me, or for my father, but ourselves", she said.

The government of Prime Minister Theresa May expelled 23 Russian diplomats in retaliation and called on ir global allies to follow in ir footsteps.

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