Russian ambsassador says it is 'plausible' United Kingdom was involved in poisoning

Russian ambsassador says it is 'plausible' United Kingdom was involved in poisoning

Russian ambsassador says it is 'plausible' United Kingdom was involved in poisoning

He said: "We were able to identify it as novichok, to identify that it was military-grade nerve agent".

Scientists at the Porton Down lab have identified the poison as a Soviet-developed type of nerve agent known as Novichok, and the British government says the only plausible explanation is that it came from Russian Federation.

Speaking to Sky News on Tuesday, Gary Aitkenhead, chief executive of Porton Down laboratory said the poisonous substance used to carry out the attack was the military-grade nerve agent Novichok but said scientists did not identify where it was manufactured.

"We have not identified the precise source, but we have provided the scientific info to government who have then used a number of other sources to piece together the conclusions you have come to", Aitkenhead said.

He said establishing its origin required "other inputs", some of them intelligence-based, that the Government has access to.

Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia were poisoned with a nerve agent at his home.

Russian Federation on Friday expelled 59 more diplomats from 23 countries - including one from Ireland - as relations between Moscow and the West continue to deteriorate to their lowest ebb since the cold war.

The admission is likely to be seized on by Russian Federation which has suggested that the nerve agent could have come from other nations, or from Porton Down, which is eight miles from Salisbury, the scene of the attack.

He reiterated that the substance could not have come from Porton Down.

"We hope that during those discussions a full stop will be placed on [the issue of] what happened" to former spy Sergei Skripal, Mr Putin said in Ankara ahead of the meeting on Wednesday of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

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Britain blames Russian Federation for the pair's poisoning with a Soviet-developed nerve agent.

US President Donald Trump defended his embrace of Vladimir Putin Tuesday, saying good relations were important but claiming no one had been tougher on Russian Federation. British authorities suspect Skripal was poisoned by a Soviet-made nerve agent.

Sergei Skripal - who settled in Britain after a 2010 spy swap - remains critically ill in hospital.

Ambassador Jon Hunstman was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry, a gothic skyscraper built under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, and told that 60 diplomats from United States missions had a week to leave Russia, as Washington had expelled 60 Russians.

Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko called Skripal's poisoning a "provocation arranged by Britain" in order to justify high military spending, because "they need a major enemy".

A retired Russian lieutenant general has also warned of a doomsday scenario and suggested the situation could escalate into the "last war in the history of mankind".

Speaking on the Today programme, Mr Buzhinsky warned how the reaction from Russian Federation over the expelled diplomats could lead to the "last war in the history of mankind", ramping up World War 3 fears.

Armin Laschet, a conservative ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said the comment raised questions about Britain's drive to persuade allies to expel Russian diplomats.

"As the Prime Minister has said, we must face the facts, and the challenge of Russian Federation is one that will endure for years to come".

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