Javid warning to Russian spy poisoning suspects ZlotoNews

Javid warning to Russian spy poisoning suspects ZlotoNews

Sergei Skripal, a former colonel in Russian military intelligence who exposed dozens of agents to Britain's MI6 foreign spy service, and his daughter, Yulia, were found unconscious on a public bench in Salisbury on March 4.

Police identified Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov as the men who tried to kill Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with Novichok in March.

The council will meet in open session at around 11:30 am (1530 GMT), diplomats said.

British authorities announced on Wednesday said two Russians, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, were being charged in absentia for the Salisbury attack after a lengthy investigation.

The CPS said there was sufficient evidence to charge Petrov and Boshirov with: conspiracy to murder Mr Skripal; attempted murder of Mr Skripal, Ms Skripal and Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey; use and possession of Novichok contrary to the Chemical Weapons Act; and causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Ms Skripal and Mr Bailey.

And while the global opprobrium directed at Russia for this cavalier act is warranted, criticism of the "sloppy" tradecraft by the two Russian operatives seems misplaced.

From the beginning, the case had all the makings of a Hollywood spy thriller, complete with revelations that the attack involved an extremely rare nerve agent developed in Russian Federation, known as Novichok.

"This has included trying to pass the blame for this attack onto terrorists, onto our global partners, and even onto the future mother-in-law of Yulia Skripal". Even as the United Kingdom released more information regarding the culpability of the Russian government in an attack involving a nerve agent only it possesses, Moscow continued its longstanding approach of denial and deflection.

Looking at the seriousness in the matter, May has thus called an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council on Thursday and will ask world leaders to back Britain's stand against Russian Federation.

Police on Wednesday gave new details about what Basu called "one of the most complex investigations" the force had ever seen.

Police say the suspects, both about 40, flew from Moscow to London on Russian passports two days before the Skripals were poisoned on March 4.

"As we made clear in March, only Russian Federation had the technical means, operational experience and motive to carry out the attack".

A British inquiry in 2016 concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin probably approved Litvinenko's murder, an accusation that Moscow has always rejected.

Prosecutors deem it futile to apply to Russian Federation for the extradition of the two men, but a European Arrest Warrant has been obtained and the authorities are also seeking the assistance of Interpol. He was hospitalized and his girlfriend Dawn Sturgess, 44, died after being exposed to the contents.

"They left Salisbury and returned to Waterloo arriving at approximately 4.45pm and boarded the underground at approximately 6.30pm to Heathrow - from where they returned to Moscow on flight SU2585, departing at 10.30pm". As a result, Basu said, police weren't yet ready to bring charges in the second poisoning.

Ushakov pointed to the fact that British authorities mentioned that they think the men's names are aliases and wondered "why this has been done and what kind of a message" Britain is trying to send to the Russian government.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova dismissed the latest claims.

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