Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

Salisbury attack: Chemical weapons watchdog confirms United Kingdom findings on nerve agent

Salisbury attack: Chemical weapons watchdog confirms United Kingdom findings on nerve agent

"I thank my cousin Viktoria for her concern for us, but ask that she does not visit me or try to contact me for the time being", Yulia Skripal said. The incident has led to a diplomatic crisis between Moscow and the West as Moscow denies any involvement and accuses Britain of inventing a "fake story". Zakharova also accused Britain of waging a campaign to discredit Russian Federation. She added that Moscow will continue to demand access to her and prod Britain to share evidence in the case.

But it did confirm Britain's analysis about the substance that had been used. The summary does not name Novichok - the name that was previously given by British Prime Minister Theresa May - but says the details of the toxin are in the full classified report.

The poison was also found in blood samples of Sergei and Yulia Skripal. "That was a military grade nerve agent - a Novichok", UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson", he said.

Russian Federation has said it does not have such nerve agents and President Vladimir Putin said it was nonsense to think that Moscow would have poisoned Skripal and his daughter. The OPCW was not tasked to identify where the nerve agent came from. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Britain would have to apologize to Russian Federation for its "mad accusations".

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The watchdog did not blame Russian Federation for the attack nor did it name the specific chemical agent used.

But the United Kingdom does not possess a scientific smoking gun - a sample of Novichok from a Russian lab to compare with the Salisbury samples.

The Skripals were found unconscious on a bench on 4th March. It has led to one of the biggest diplomatic crises between Russian Federation and Western nations since the Cold War. Russian Federation denies any involvement, saying Britain hasn't provided any evidence for its assertion.

"There can be no doubt what was used and there remains no alternative explanation about who was responsible only Russian Federation has the means, motive and record.The Kremlin must give answers", he said.

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Yulia, 33, has been discharged from Salisbury District Hospital, Christine Blanshard, medical director of the hospital, told reporters on Tuesday and her father could be discharged in due course.

A British police officer took ill after helping the Skripals.

"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".

In the wake of the Skripal incident, the UK, as well as a number of European Union member countries, the United States, Canada and Australia, expelled more than 100 Russian diplomats, forcing Moscow to respond in kind.

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"The world, while having no opportunity to interact with them, will have every reason to see this as an abduction of the two Russian nationals or at least as their isolation", a spokesman for the Russian embassy in London said.

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