British police suspect Russians behind Skripal poisoning

Putin slams'ungrounded accusations after UK poisonings

Putin slams'ungrounded accusations after UK poisonings

British police believe they have identified the suspected perpetrators of the Novichok attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, according to reports.

Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were struck down with the poison in March, before later recovering.

The 66-year-old and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia were attacked with the deadly nerve agent at their home in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

United Kingdom should investigate Salisbury & Amesbury incidents instead of blaming Russia - foreign ministry London should focus on the actual investigation into the poisoning incidents in the towns of Salisbury and Amesbury, Russian diplomats said, responding to the new accusations against Moscow produced by the United Kingdom defense secretary.

Claiming that the substance used in the attack had been a Novichok-class nerve agent developed in the Soviet Union, London rushed to accuse Russian Federation of being involved in the incident.

It is noted that this assumption appeared after the testimony of the brother of the victim, a recent incident of poisoning in Amesbury, Matthew Rowley.

Mother-of-three Ms Sturgess died in hospital a week after falling ill.

The attacka in Salisbury revived memories of the 2006 poisoning of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in London, and UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Britain would respond "robustly" if Russia was found responsible.

Her partner, Charlie Rowley, is still in hospital.

They have finished collecting samples which will now be analysed at two OPCW labs before the results are reported back to the UK.

Investigators are working to the theory that the substance was in a discarded perfume bottle found by the couple in a park or somewhere in Salisbury city centre.

Investigators have not confirmed the perfume clai, but previously said the poison was found in a "small bottle" in Rowley's home.

Britain blamed Russia for the attack against Mr Skripal, a former colonel in military intelligence who was jailed for betraying Russian agents to Britain's MI6 security service.

Police have not been able to establish whether the Novichok that Rowley and Sturgess were exposed to was from the same batch used against the Skripals but have said that a possible connection is their main line of inquiry.

Mike Wade, Public Health England deputy director for health protection in the South West, said the risk to the public remains low.