Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Russian Federation spies Skripals for five years

Russian Federation spies Skripals for five years

Mr Sedwill added Moscow had a proven record of state-sponsored assassinations and had tested ways of delivering chemical weapons, including the use of door handles to spread nerve agents, as Britain believes was done in the Skripal case.

Sir Mark said: "There is no plausible alternative explanation", adding that Russian Federation had continued to produce and stockpile small quantities of Novichok within the last decade.

In a letter to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, UK national security adviser Mark Sedwill says there is "no plausible alternative explanation" for the attack in Salisbury on March 4 that left the Skripals hospitalized.

The OPCW confirmed on Thursday that the lethal poison used in the attack on the Skripals was a military-grade nerve agent "of high purity".

The latest such case is the death of Russian businessman Nikolay Glushkov on March 12, after the apparent attack on the Skripals, Yakovenko said.

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The embassy reiterated Russian Federation was not involved in the attack against the Skripals and accused the United Kingdom of using the "same script" it did for the Alexander Litvinenko poisoning case.

Sergei Skripal remains in hospital in serious condition, while Yulia Skripal has been released.

Sedwill said "credible open-source reporting and intelligence" showed that in the 1980s the Soviet Union developed a family of nerve agents known as Novichoks at a base in Shikhany near Volgograd.

"The code word used for the offensive chemical weapons programme (of which the Novichoks were one part) was FOLIANT", he said.

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Earlier on Friday, the national security adviser to Britain's prime minister told NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in a letter that email accounts of Yulia had been targeted in 2013 by cyber specialists from Russia's GRU military intelligence service.

The worldwide chemical weapons watchdog has said an analysis of samples gathered from Sergei Skripal, Yulia Skripal, and detective sergeant Nick Bailey - who was affected during the emergency response - confirmed the U.K.'s assessment of the incident.

"It is highly likely that Novichoks were developed to prevent detection by the West and to circumvent worldwide weapons controls".

Mr Sedwill's letter provided some detail of the intelligence Prime Minister Theresa May referred to in the House of Commons when she claimed Russian Federation was "highly likely" to have been behind the poisoning.

If somebody was spying, why were the British services not complaining about that, he said.

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Sedwill said within the last decade, Russian Federation has produced and stockpiled small quantities of Novichok, which was found on Sergei Skripal's front door.

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