Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Salisbury attack: Russian Federation claims chemical weapons watchdog manipulated findings

Salisbury attack: Russian Federation claims chemical weapons watchdog manipulated findings

Anna news, Life News, Izvestia, Komsomolskaya Pravda all dutifully follow suit, not denying that the Skripals were poisoned with a nerve agent, but emphasizing that the Organization for the Prohibition of chemical Weapons did not establish its origin.

"The programme subsequently included investigation of ways of delivering nerve agents, including by application to door handles".

The inspectors said that the nerve agent was of "high purity" with "the nearly complete absence of impurities".

Britain said Thursday that an global chemical weapons monitoring organization's report strongly bolsters the case for Kremlin guilt in last month's poisoning of onetime spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter, Yulia, 33.

In his letter, Sir Mark set out why the Government believes that only Russian Federation has the "technical means, operational experience and the motive" to carry out such an attack.

Perhaps the most explosive claim in his dossier was that Russian security services had hacked Yulia Skripal's email accounts for at least five years before she and her father were found slumped on a park bench in Salisbury.

The government of Prime Minister Theresa May expelled 23 Russian diplomats in retaliation and called on ir worldwide allies to follow in ir footsteps. "So far, we doubt it much", an embassy statement said.

The experts took samples from several locations as well as biomedical samples from the Skripals and police officer Nick Bailey, who was also exposed to the nerve agent. "The use of weapons of this kind can never be justified, and must be ended", Johnson said.

'We would like to make sure that the statement really belongs to Yulia, ' the embassy said.

Russian Federation retaliated with tit-for-tat expulsions, while its spy chief Sergei Naryshkin last week accused U.K and US secret services of carrying out the poisoning as a "grotesque provocation". "Within the last decade, Russian Federation has produced and stockpiled small quantities of Novichoks under the same programme", he said. Moscow rejected all of the United Kingdom's accusations, saying that a program aimed at developing such a substance had existed neither in the Soviet Union nor in Russian Federation.

Reuters, citing Russia's TASS news agency, reports that Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov sounded a more circumspect note, saying Thursday that Russia would not detail its position on the report until officials have studied it thoroughly. Earlier this week Miss Skripal, 33, snubbed the Kremlin and turned down Russian offers of help.

In a statement issued on Wednesday via police Yulia said she was "seeking to come to terms with my prospects, while also recovering from this attack on me".

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