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Britain calls for United Nations meeting on OPCW nerve attack findings

Britain calls for United Nations meeting on OPCW nerve attack findings

The UK's own experts had previously named it as Novichok, a nerve agent developed in the old Soviet Union.

In his letter, Sir Mark set out why the Government believes that only Russian Federation has the "technical means, operational experience and the motive" to carry out such an attack.

Russian Federation has denied involvement in the poisoning incident.

Salisbury District Hospital's medical director, Dr Christine Blanshard, said that Ms Skripal's being discharged was not the end of her treatment, but marked a "significant milestone".

"If someone was spying, why were the British services not complaining about that?"

Theresa May stressed that the best hope for the Syrian people is a political solution, with the air strikes launched by W western countries on Syria being essentially "about deterring the barbaric use of chemical weapons in Syria and beyond".

"It is highly likely that Novichoks were developed to prevent detection by the West and to circumvent worldwide chemical weapons controls", Sir Mark wrote.

"This was a military-grade nerve agent of high purity".

Britain's national security adviser has claimed that Russian intelligence has been spying on the family of former agent Sergei Skripal for at least five years. Russian Federation has denied anything to do with the incident, and offered to help investigate.

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In the 2000s, Sedwill said Russian Federation had trained military personnel in using these weapons, including on door handles, and Russian Federation "has a proven record of conducting state-sponsored assassination".

There are several variants of Novichok, a binary weapon containing two less-toxic chemicals that, when mixed, react to produce a poison several times more lethal than sarin or VX.Russia's ambassador to Britain, Alexander Yakovenko, has identified the alleged poison as Novichok A-234, derived from an earlier version known as A-232.

"There is no plausible alternative explanation". "All returned the same conclusive results", Mr Johnson said in a statement.

He went on: "We didn't produce and store Novichok, so this is the fact of life and all these allegations that we produce something have nothing to do with the reality".

He said that after the Soviet Union collapsed, Russian Federation signed the Chemical Weapons Convention without reporting its ongoing work on Novichoks.

Asked if Russian Federation would open up the Shikhany institute for an OPCW inspection, Yakovenko said Russian Federation didn't produce or stock Novichok "so why should we invite [inspectors] because our official position is like that?"

Separately, Russia shortly afterwards said it suspected British authorities of detaining the spy's daughter, who was poisoned with him, following her recent departure from hospital.

The police officer who was severely affected by the nerve agent, DS Nick Bailey, was allowed to leave hospital three weeks ago.