Chemical watchdog backs United Kingdom findings on Salisbury spy poisoning

Chemical watchdog backs United Kingdom findings on Salisbury spy poisoning

An global chemical weapons watchdog has confirmed Britain's findings about the suspected nerve agent used to poison a former Russian double agent and his daughter.

Novichok is a powerful class of nerve agents the Soviet Union developed in the 1980s.

Johnson said: "There can be no doubt what was used and there remains no alternative explanation about who was responsible". Russian Federation vehemently denies any involvement, and it contains responded by expelling exactly the very same number of diplomats.

Tests carried out by experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) showed the nerve agent was found in environmental samples collected in Salisbury.

The deadliness of the agent depended on the dose and how it was inhaled.

British officials last week said that they were unable to identify the origin of the nerve agent but identified Russian Federation as the source of the attack because of other intelligence.

The statement said her father remained seriously ill and that Yulia was still suffering from the effects of the nerve agent.

The full report by the OPCW, which was classified, mentioned the chemical structure of Novichok but didn't use the name.

The admission was seized on by Russian Federation, which suggested that the nerve agent could have come from the UK's military research centre at Porton Down, which is 12 kilometres from Salisbury, the scene of the attack.

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Testing by four independent laboratories utilised by the watchdog confirmed Britain's findings regarding the nature of the substance, though the report did not explicitly name novichok.

The team arrived on 19 March, 16 days after the Skripals were found slumped on a park bench in Salisbury.

"Until that time, I want to stress that no one speaks for me, or for my father, but ourselves", she said.

Despite initial fears that they would not survive, Yulia Skripal was released from hospital to an undisclosed location on Monday, while her father is said to be improving rapidly.

Hospital officials said the 33-year-old left Salisbury District Hospital early Tuesday morning, after spending nearly a month unconscious. Yulia was visiting from Russian Federation when they were poisoned, probably via contamination from his front door.

"Not a single friend or relative quoted by Russian or British media confirms such contacts", it said, noting that "as far we know" their closest relatives are her cousin Victoria and their grandmother Elena, who live together.

British authorities "must urgently provide tangible evidence that Yulia is all right and not deprived of her freedom", the embassy said in a statement.

The Russian embassy in London immediately raised doubts over the authenticity of the statement, claiming it "only strengthens suspicions that we are dealing with a forcible isolation of the Russian citizen".

"As before, we would like to make sure that the statement really belongs to Yulia".

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