UK: Russia spied on ex-double agent Sergei Skripal for years

Yulia Skripal: No-one speaks for me

Yulia Skripal: No-one speaks for me

Referring to the 2006 death of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, Sedwill said Russian Federation had the operational means to carry out such an attack against Skripal.

Sedwill also said that Russian Federation has tested means of delivering chemical agents "including by application to door handles", pointing out that the highest concentration of the chemical found after the attack was on Skripal's front door handle.

Regarding the Skripals themselves, Sedwill claims that email accounts belonging to Yulia Skripal were targeted by Russian intelligence agents in 2013, "indicating Russian intelligence service interest in the Skripals".

Moscow has vigorously denied any involvement and suggested that the United Kingdom carried out the attack to stoke anti-Russian hysteria.

Russian intelligence attempted to hack the email of poisoning target Yulia Skripal years ago and had been practicing nerve agent assassinations, according to Britain.

Following Yulia Skripal's statement, the embassy said: "We continue to insist on a meeting with Yulia and Sergei Skripal".

Both Mr. Skripal and his daughter were found unconscious on a bench in the town of Salisbury in early March, after they were poisoned.

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

My letter to the NATO Secretary General @jensstoltenberg with more information on Russian responsibility for Salisbury attack following @OPCW report confirming the nerve agent. It insists that the nerve agent used on the Skripals could easily have been manufactured in any of the other countries that have advanced chemical research programs. Her father remains hospitalized but is no longer in critical condition.

Britain has said Russian state involvement is the only plausible explanation for the attack and has led a worldwide reaction involving the expulsion of more than 100 diplomats.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Moscow would not believe any conclusions about the poisoning unless Russian experts were given access to the investigation. It was later found that the pair had been poisoned by the military-grade nerve agent, which is thought to have been produced by Soviet scientists.

"The document only strengthens suspicions that we are dealing with a forcible isolation of the Russian citizen", the Russian Embassy said in its statement.

Last week, the chief executive of the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory in Porton Down, Britain's premier chemical weapons laboratory, said its scientists could not identify "the precise source" of the chemical, though its purity indicated that it was nearly certainly created by a "state actor".

Sir Mark also identified the key institute for developing Novichok in the former Soviet Union as a branch of the State Institute for Organic Chemistry and Technology at Shikany near Volgograd.

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