Russia Says Names Of Novichok Poison Suspects Means "Nothing" To Them

The poisoning of the Skripals earlier in March triggered a major diplomatic crisis between the United Kingdom and Russia

The poisoning of the Skripals earlier in March triggered a major diplomatic crisis between the United Kingdom and Russia

The UK has named two men believed to be from Russia's military intelligence service, the GRU, as the main suspects. So this was not a rogue operation.

Donald Trump, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron and Justin Trudeau issued a joint statement with Mrs May agreeing with the British assessment that the operation was "almost certainly approved at a senior government level" in Moscow.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied any involvement in the attack. "We asked several times on official and non-official channels and they did not answer", said Podberezkin, told Euronews' correspondent Galina Polonskaya.

"Instead of conducting an independent, objective and transparent investigation into the incidents in Salisbury and Amesbury, London continues to engage in anti-Russian megaphone diplomacy, continuing its propaganda show", the statement added. The Skripals have recovered, but are keeping a low profile.

"The names published by the media, like their photographs, mean nothing to us", Maria Zakharova, the Russian foreign ministry's spokeswoman, told the TASS news agency.

British and Russian officials will come face-to-face at United Nations security council today in a meeting that is likely to pour fuel on the explosive diplomatic row.

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"This is ruled out", Peskov said.

Skripal also said that she doubts that the former Russians spy is still alive because he has not communicated with the family since the poisoning.

Two Russian nationals have been identified as suspects over the Salisbury nerve agent attack.

Britain has said it is not going to seek the men's extradition because Russian law does not allow for the extradition of its nationals to be tried overseas.

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CCTV image of Russian Ruslan Boshirov arriving at Gatwick airport.

"We have no evidence that they re-entered the United Kingdom after that date", Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said.

There was a clear intake of breath in the chamber when she mentioned that traces of the nerve agent Novichok were found in the London hotel room used by the two suspects.

They visited Salisbury the day before to carry out reconnaissance and were captured on security cameras near Skripal's house.

Britain on Wednesday charged two men whom it says are Russian military intelligence officers with the poisoning, although London acknowledged there was little chance Russia would hand them over.

The Skripals were found unconscious on a park bench in March in the British town of Salisbury in Wiltshire near Stonehenge.

There was "sufficient evidence" to charge Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov over the attack in Salisbury, Scotland Yard and the CPS said.

They are also accused of using a banned chemical weapon and causing grievous bodily harm to Yulia Skripal and Bailey.

Wallace said because Putin oversees the GRU, the military intelligence unit the Russian suspects for work, he must have known about the nerve agent attack. He was pardoned and sent to Britain in 2010 as part of a swap for Russian agents captured in the US.

Both Sergei and Yulia Skripal have made a full recovery, along with a police officer who was exposed to the nerve agent after attending to the victims.

A British woman, Dawn Sturgess, subsequently died in July after coming into contact with the same nerve agent used against the Skripals.

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