Friday, 1 July 2022 – 15:33

Kremlin denies Russian involvement in Novichok poisonings

According to security minister, Ben Wallace, the UK has held Vladimir Putin as ultimately responsible for the Salisbury Novichok attack.

Wallace told the BBC that Putin was “ultimately, of course” behind the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

The Kremlin has denied the accusations and deemed them “unacceptable”.

The two Russian spies from the GRU who had been involved in the incident were identified on Wednesday as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov.

At a UN security council meeting on Thursday, the attack was discussed. Russia has denied the accusations and in turn accused the UK of lying about their involvement and their creation of “disgusting anti-Russian hysteria”.

At PMQs on Wednesday, Ms May said that the poisoning was “not a rogue” operation and that it was very likely that a senior member of the Russian state approved it.

World leaders from France, Germany, the US and Canada have all bcaked the Uk and agreed that the Russian government was involved in approving the poisoning.

The letter from the leaders read: 

“We, the leaders of France, Germany, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, reiterate our outrage at the use of a chemical nerve agent, known as Novichok, in Salisbury on March 4.”

“We have full confidence in the British assessment that the two suspects were officers from the Russian military intelligence service, also known as the GRU.”

Mr Skripal and his daughter Yulia, aged 66 and 33 respectively, were poisoned with a nerve agent called Novichok in March 2018.

The Police have linked the initial attack to another one which was a Novichok poisoning in June 2018 when Ms Dawn Sturgess and Mr Charlie Rowley fell ill in a house which was located at about eight miles from Salisbury. 

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