'High purity' Novichok used in Skripal poisoning - watchdog

'High purity' Novichok used in Skripal poisoning - watchdog

'High purity' Novichok used in Skripal poisoning - watchdog

It is believed that British authorities immediately spirited Ms Skripal away to a secure location when she was discharged from hospital earlier this week.

Britain blames Russian Federation for the March 4 poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, with a nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union.

Four laboratories linked to the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog have confirmed Britain's findings that a nerve agent was used last month to poison a former Russian spy and his daughter.

Britain and its allies point the finger at Moscow, sparking an global row that led to the mass expulsion of diplomats on both sides.

Georgy Kalamanov, Russia's deputy minister of industry and trade, told the Interfax news agency Thursday it's impossible to pinpoint the agent's origin and reaffirmed Moscow's demand for a probe that would involve Russia.

The Skripals were in a critical condition for weeks and doctors at one point feared, even if they survived, they might have suffered brain damage.

In a statement issued through British police on Wednesday, Yulia Skripal said she did not now want any help from the embassy, adding: "I am safe and feeling better as time goes by".

The watchdog's report does not say who was responsible for the attack, since that was outside the scope of its mission. "This is not the end of her treatment, but marks a significant milestone".

"Her opinions and assertions are not mine and they are not my father's". " "Although he is recovering more slowly than Yulia, we hope that he too will be able to leave hospital in due course". At the same time, he stressed that other states will be able to receive a report only with the consent of Britain.

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"Only Russia has the means, motive and record".

The Russian embassy in London has requested consular access to Skripal and warned that any secret resettlement of the family "will be seen as an abduction or at least as their forced isolation".

The findings were welcomed by foreign secretary Boris Johnson who said they backed Britain's assertion that only Russian Federation could have carried out the attack.

Russian Federation has denied involvement in the attack and contends Britain has not provided evidence to support its allegation.

It did not however provide any evidence on where the nerve agent may have originated from or back up Britain's claims that Russian Federation was to blame.

The laboratory results, which came in on Wednesday night, were to be circulated to OPCW member states on Thursday. "The use of weapons of this kind can never be justified, and must be ended", he said. "We also used specialized decontamination techniques to remove any residual toxins".

Skripal's wife and son have both died in recent years.

In a statement issued through British police on Wednesday, Yulia Skripal said she did not now want any help from the embassy, adding, "I am safe and feeling better as time goes by".

Sergei Skripal, who was recruited by Britain's MI6, was arrested for treason in Moscow in 2004. -Russian spy swap, which followed the exposure of a ring of Russian sleeper agents in the U.S. He has British citizenship.

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