Salisbury attack: Russian Federation claims chemical weapons watchdog manipulated findings

The chemical weapons watchdog confirmed Wednesday that Novichok was used in the attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia  AFP

Yulia Skripal Has Snubbed Moscow's Help After The Nerve Agent Attack

On Monday, the daughter of former Colonel GRU Sergei Skripal Julia was discharged from the hospital in Salisbury, despite previous statements by British Prime Minister Theresa May that poisoning victims may never recover.

Britain said the finding backed its assessment that it was produced in the kind of controlled scientific environment most likely to be found in a state-run laboratory. The amateur, in his opinion, could not do this.

The world's chemical arms watchdog on Thursday said it had confirmed Britain's findings that a nerve agent used in an attack on a former spy and his daughter in England last month originally came from Russian Federation.

The OPCW report comes as Yulia turned down help from the Russian embassy in a statement issued through Scotland Yard yesterday to say that she was "safe" and trying to come to terms with her new life. "This programme subsequently included investigation of ways of delivering nerve agents, including by application to door handles". The UK appears to be pursuing a policy of "destroying evidence" in the case of the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal, the Russian envoy to the UK said during a press conference on Friday.

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The embassy believes that Sedwill's letter published on April 13 is "yet another confirmation there exists no proof of Russia's alleged involvement in the Salisbury incident". 'It is highly likely that Novichoks were developed to prevent detection by the West and to circumvent global chemical weapons controls, ' Mr Sedwill said.

The nerve agent attack on two people in England "demonstrates how reckless Russian Federation is prepared to be, how little the Kremlin cares for the global rules-based order", one of Britain's intelligence chiefs said Thursday, in an unusually public and scathing commentary on a foreign power.

Perhaps the most explosive claim in his dossier was that Russian security services had hacked Yulia Skripal's email accounts for at least five years before she and her father were found slumped on a park bench in Salisbury.

"There can be no doubt what was used and there remains no alternative explanation about who was responsible - only Russian Federation has the means, motive and record", British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said in a statement celebrating the OPCW report.

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A British police officer took ill after helping the Skripals.

Doctors treating the two victims of last month's poisoning attack in Salisbury England, have confirmed that one of the victims Yulia Skripal has been released from hospital.

The Russian embassy in London cast doubt on the authenticity of Yulia Skripal's statement, saying it indicates the UK's "forcible isolation of the Russian citizen".

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