Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Kremlin Denies Accusations Against Putin for Novichok Attack

Kremlin Denies Accusations Against Putin for Novichok Attack

Calling it "the most significant moment so far" in the investigation into the Skripals' near-fatal encounter with the exotic poison, counter-terrorism police said the attack was carried out by Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov - names that investigators say are likely aliases used for the operation.

May said in the House of Commons on Wednesday that Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, the two men named by Scotland Yard as suspects in the nerve agent attack, worked for the Russian military intelligence service, known as the GRU.

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 and the US have accused the Russian government of being behind the attack since not long after it happened, and on Thursday the London Metropolitan Police said Russian nationals Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov would be charged with conspiracy to murder Skripal, the attempted murder of both him and his daughter Yulia and police officer Nick Bailey.

Sergei Skripal had been a double-agent for Britain's MI6 intelligence service.

The war of words with Russian Federation following the Novichok attack has escalated, with a senior minister saying Vladimir Putin bore ultimate responsibility for the action of his spies. He would later settle in England.

"The levels of Novichok we found in the room at the time of police sampling in May were such that they were not enough to cause short or long-term health effects to anyone exposed to it, at that point or thereafter", he said.

That is, in fact, the opposite of what the British authorities did: they have released all the information Moscow would need to identify the two suspects. The British government claimed that Russian Federation was highly likely involved in this incident. They flew with Aeroflot, a Russian airline.

On Wednesday, British prosecutors and police confirmed this report. With this assumption, they searched through lists of airline passengers who had arrived at the country prior to the attack. He said both men were approximately 40 years old and that they were travelling on Russian passports.

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Police said the nerve agent was concealed in a perfume bottle, which they called the "perfect delivery method" for smuggling a banned chemical across borders.

A British woman, Dawn Sturgess, died in July after coming across a small bottle containing Novichok in a town near Salisbury where the Skripals were struck down.

The British police report includes data on the date, time and point of the two suspects' exit from Russian Federation. There are other details that provide Russian Federation with information to identify the two men. Many Western countries have already imposed sanctions on Russian Federation because of the attack.

What are the Russians saying?

A Russian official accused the UK Government of using the Salisbury incident to "unleash a disgusting anti-Russian hysteria" in a furious tirade.

Mr Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Mrs May's accusations were "unacceptable" and that "no-one in the Russian leadership" has anything to do with the poisoning, while foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova accused the United Kingdom and U.S. of a "witch hunt" against Russia.

She urged Britain to "move away from public accusations towards practical cooperation between law enforcement agencies".

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