United Kingdom appears to be 'destroying' evidence in Skripal case - Russian envoy


Russian Federation has denied any involvement in the chemical weapons attack in England, which hospitalised ex-spy Sergei Skripal, his daughter Yulia, and a police officer.

Russian president Vladimir Putin was "closely involved" in his country's chemical weapons program which tested a way to poison assassination targets by applying nerve toxins to door handles, the United Kingdom says.

The poisoning of father and daughter comes against the backdrop of an escalating confrontation between Russian Federation and the West over Syria.

The world's chemical arms watchdog on Thursday said it had confirmed Britain's findings that a nerve agent used in an attack on a former spy and his daughter in England last month originally came from Russian Federation.

Police have said that the highest concentrations of the Novichok nerve agent were found on Mr Skripal's front door, suggesting that was where the nerve agent had been deposited.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on March 12 that Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia had been poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent from the Novichok group of poisons, developed by the former Soviet Union in the 1970s and '80s.

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Novichok is thought to have been developed to prevent detection and to circumvent worldwide chemical weapons controls.

"It is highly likely that Novichoks were developed to prevent detection by the West and to circumvent worldwide weapons controls", he said. The name and structure of the identified toxic chemical are contained in the full classified report'.

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

In the 2000s, Sedwill said Russian Federation had trained military personnel in using these weapons, including on door handles, and Russian Federation "has a proven record of conducting state-sponsored assassination".

A CHURCH in Salisbury will host a "service of cleansing and celebration" after the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in the city last month. "This lack of transparency is here for a reason and this reason is highly likely not protecting the Russian citizens". Russia's ambassador to Britain Aleksandr Yakovenko expressed surprise and asked two questions: what the reasons for spying on Skripal in London after his release in Moscow were and why British special services had never complained Skripal was under surveillance.

"There remains no alternative explanation about who was responsible - only Russian Federation has the means, motive and record", he said. "There is no plausible alternative explanation", added Sir Mark. "It would not be my role to say what would be in that statement", Asquith told reporters here.