British prosecutors to charge two Russians in United Kingdom nerve agent attack

Russian suspects

Russian suspects

British officials said the Russian state and "ultimately" President Vladimir Putin was responsible for the March attack.

Britain's prime minister, Theresa May, told parliament this week that two Russian intelligence officers were behind the attacks on double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury, southern England.

The Commons foreign affairs committee chairman, Tom Tugendhat, said there was "no doubt" it was state ordered and that Putin bore responsibility for a "war-like act".

The charge d'affaires at Russia's London embassy was summoned to the Foreign Office for a dressing-down by an official following Mrs May's statement. Britain will update the U.N. Security Council at a meeting on Thursday.

Mrs May spoke by phone with US President Donald Trump on Tuesday night and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday.

Britain will not seek the extradition of the pair because Russian Federation has refused similar requests in the past.

He said: "As in the killing of former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko in 2006, Russian officers - this time working for Russian military intelligence, the GRU - flew into Britain on an Aeroflot flight under aliases days before the attack".

"Every Russian intelligence service makes uses of freelance agents in its operations, including those carried out overseas", said Mark Galeotti, an expert on Russia's intelligence and security agencies.

British police released photos of the counterfeit bottle.

"(This) means that if either man travels to a country where an EAW is valid, they will be arrested and face extradition on these charges for which there is no statute of limitations", which means the charges never expire.

Detectives believe the front door of Mr Skripal's Salisbury home was contaminated with Novichok on Sunday March 4. They visited Salisbury that Saturday in what police said they were satisfied was a reconnaissance trip.

Hours later, the men left the United Kingdom on a flight from Heathrow to Moscow - two days after they had arrived at Gatwick.

In the second incident, Dawn Sturgess, 44, and her partner Charlie Rowley, 48, were exposed to the same nerve agent used in Salisbury.

The bottle contained Novichok and Sturgess later died in hospital.

Rowley, 45, revealed when he regained consciousness that he found a discarded box of perfume from a charity bin and handed it to his girlfriend Dawn as a present.

The two men were identified as being part of the GRU.

Basu said they were around 40 years old.

Therefore, after 6 months of attacks the Prime Minister is pressing for the Kremlin to be hit by fresh worldwide sanctions, after two Russian spies were named as suspects for Novichok attack in Salisbury.

"Prosecutors from CPS Counter Terrorism Division have considered the evidence and have concluded there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction and it is clearly in the public interest to charge Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. with conspiracy to murder Sergei Skripal and the attempted murder of Skripal, his daughter Yulia, and police officer Nick Bailey", a CPS statement said. They spent weeks hospitalised in critical condition and are now recovering in a secret location for their own protection.

"This has included trying to pass the blame for this attack onto terrorists, onto our worldwide partners, and even onto the future mother-in-law of Yulia Skripal". A man found the nerve agent in a perfume bottle and gave it to a woman who sprayed it on her wrist.

Britain produced an "unfounded and mendacious cocktail of facts" and is refusing to cooperate with Russia in investigating the poisoning "to unleash a disgusting anti-Russian hysteria and to involve other countries in this hysteria", Nebenzia said.

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