UK police charge two Russians over Novichok poisoning

The leaders of Britain, the United States, France, Germany and Canada said they had "full confidence" that the Novichok attack suspects were officers from Russia's military intelligence service.

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".

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), a global watchdog, on Tuesday confirmed that Novichok was involved in their poisoning.

Authorities later determined that they had been poisoned by Novichok, a nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

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. Sturgess later died from exposure to the agent.

Rowley later said he had found what he thought was a perfume bottle and gave it to Sturgess as a gift.

She said: "Based on a body of intelligence, the government has concluded that the two individuals named by the police and CPS are officers from the Russian military intelligence service, also known as the GRU".

The government is also reviewing visa applications by wealthy Russians in Britain, and is preparing new powers to stop people at the border if suspected of "malign state activity".

Although the suspects had been identified as GRU agents Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov and arrest warrants had been issued, "the reality is we will probably never see them in the UK" because they were unlikely to leave Russian Federation again, Mr Javid acknowledged.

Britain will brief the UN Security Council on Thursday on the arrest warrants it has issued for two Russian spies charged with carrying out a nerve agent attack on British soil.

Former GRU officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were left critically ill after being exposed to the military grade nerve agent Novichok in March.

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.

"Neither Russia's top leadership nor those in the ranks below, nor any official representatives have anything to do with the events in Salisbury", Peskov said.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told the media, Wednesday, that the names of the two men mean nothing to them, and urged the British government to work with them, instead of resorting to "information manipulations".

He added: "I don't think anyone can ever say that Mr Putin isn't in control of his state".

British prosecutors on Wednesday charged two Russian men with the nerve agent poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia earlier this year.

"The GRU is, without doubt, not rogue, it is led, linked to both the senior members of the Russian general staff and the defence minister and, through that, into the Kremlin and the president's office".

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

Britain says the responsibility for the attack goes all the way up to President Vladimir Putin.

Scotland Yard Counter-Terror Commissioner Neil Basu said the charging of the two Russian nationals was "the most significant moment so far in what has been one of the most complex and intensive investigations we have undertaken in counterterrorism policing". They flew with Aeroflot, a Russian airline.


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