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Russian Federation spies Skripals for five years

Russian Federation spies Skripals for five years

Russia's ambassador to Britain said a claim by a British security advisor on Friday that Russian Federation spied on former agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter for at least five years before they were attacked with a nerve agent was a "big surprise".

The letter, which was directed to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenbeg, emphasized England's belief Russian Federation is responsible for poisoning the Skripals.

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

Sergei Skripal, the former Russian military intelligence colonel who was recruited by British intelligence, and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on March 4 at a shopping center in Salisbury, England.

It was the first incident of a nerve agent being deployed in Europe since World War II.

It published the odd allegations in an 8,000-word report on the incident after the Kremlin was accused of using a military grade nerve agent in Salisbury, on March 4.

"The codeword for the offensive chemical weapons programme (of which Novichoks were one part) was FOLIANT", he said.

Mark Sedwill also said in a letter to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that Russian Federation had previously tested whether door handles could be used to deliver nerve agents.

If somebody was spying, why were the British services not complaining about that, he said.

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Cyber experts from military intelligence agency the GRU targeted Yulia Skripal's email accounts as far back as 2013, according to the security chief.

Alexander Yakovenko announced the Russian Embassy would be publishing its own report on the attack. Russian Federation denied any involvement in Litvinenko's death.

Russian Federation has denied everything over the Skripal case, including suggesting the United Kingdom may have carried out the attack. The same facility was named in a report by British newspaper The Times last week as the location where the nerve agent used on the Skripals was manufactured, with the paper citing British security sources.

The OPCW laboratories tests' - the details of which were kept confidential - findings about the chemical's purity supports the British Government's assertion that a state was involved.

The UN Security Council, of which Russian Federation is a member, will also hold a meeting next week. Moscwo did not get access to documents connected with the investigation and to the samples of the substance used to poison the Skripals.

However, the OPCW did not explicitly name Novichok in its published summary, nor did it say where the chemical may have come from.

The claims come after the worldwide Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons backed Britain's assertion the Skripals were poisoned by Novichok.

The Russian foreign ministry's spokeswoman told Sky News that they are suspicious of the statements of Yulia, which were released through the Scotland Yard.