World leaders back UK's Novichok nerve agent allegations against Russian Federation

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In her Commons statement, the PM went through the itinerary of Petrov and Boshirov in the run-up to and in the aftermath of the Salisbury attack, all of which was caught on CCTV cameras.

Mrs May said that it was "almost certain" the attack on the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, 67, and his daughter, Yulia, 34, was authorised by someone senior outside the GRU, the Russian military intelligence agency.

Alexander Petrov (left) and Ruslan Boshirov are charged with using novichok to poison an ex-spy and his daughter.

The Kremlin has denied it played any role in the poisoning.

"The names, just like the photos, published in the media say nothing to us", said Maria Zakharova, a foreign ministry spokeswoman.

British authorities have determined that two Russian nationals were behind the March attack on former-Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

Sue Hemming, CPS director of legal services, said there was enough evidence "to provide a realistic prospect of conviction" and that "it is clearly in the public interest to charge Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov". Britain has obtained domestic and European arrest warrants for the suspects, meaning they can be detained if they leave Russian Federation for another European country.

For two GRU agents, they don't appear to have been very discreet.

From there, they travelled to Salisbury on 4 March where Mr Skripal's front door was contaminated with Novichok.

British authorities and the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog say the victims were exposed to Novichok, a type of military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Investigators had also found traces of Novichok in the London hotel room where Petrov and Boshirov stayed, according to Basu.

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Britain said they were poisoned with the Novichok nerve agent developed in Russia, and that it was highly likely the Russian state had tried to murder them.

The box, which was labelled as Nina Ricci's "Premier Jour" perfume, contained a bottle and an applicator.

Her partner, 48-year-old Charlie Rowley, became seriously ill.

Both of the Skripals survived, but in what police call a tragic effect of the attack, Dawn Sturgess, a 44-year-old mother of three, died on July 8 after being exposed to the same nerve agent.

The tweet appeared to quote Alexander Shulgin, Russia's representative at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, saying "I remember another story of a high-ranking United Kingdom official making accusations about [chemical weapons] and citing intelligence information as a proof".

Police are still trying to determine where the bottle was between the Skripal poisoning in March and its discovery by Rowley on June 27. "We continue to liaise with the Crown Prosecution Service regarding the poisoning of Dawn and Charlie", Basu said.

Russia's GRU is thought to have played a key role in the 2014 annexation of Crimea as the source of the so-called unidentified "little green men" - masked soldiers wearing unmarked green military uniforms and armed with Russian weapons.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in Moscow on September 6 that assertions the Kremlin was responsible for the attack were "unacceptable".

Although another spy agency, the SVR, is Russia's official foreign intelligence service, the GRU is mandated to undertake operations around the world.

The agency is also believed to have hacked emails of the U.S. Democratic National Committee in 2016 and is thought to be behind an attempted coup in Montenegro a year ago. Instead, Britain and its allies should look to take additional measures to those enacted at the time of the poisoning, Foxall said.

The UK has called for a #UNSC meeting tomorrow, Thursday, to update the Council on the Salisbury investigation. "But it is up to the Russians to explain what happened in Salisbury". "All we've had is obfuscation and lies".

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