Britain says Russian Federation spied on Skripals for years

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Britain has accused Russian intelligence agencies of spying on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter for at least five years in the run up to the Salisbury nerve agent attack.

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

Mr. Sedwill's letter lays out further British intelligence on Russia's chemical weapons programs, reporting that the Novichok agents, a strain referred to in Russian Federation as Foliant, were developed at the State Institute for Organic Chemistry and Technology at Shikhany, a small town on the Volga river, in southern Russian Federation.

Yulia Skripal, 33, was released from the hospital this week.

The Russian Embassy has sensationally claimed poisoned former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia are being held prisoner by the UK.

A program set up in Russian Federation in the 2000s trained personnel from "special units" in the use of chemical warfare agents, he said, including investigating how nerve agents could be administered through door handles. He said it was highly unlikely that any former Soviet republic besides Russian Federation pursued an offensive chemical weapons program.

Richard Guthrie, an independent chemical-weapons expert, says an important detail in the investigation is that the toxic substance is of "high purity".

Russia has "a proven record of conducting state-sponsored assassination", Sedwill wrote, citing as an example the 2006 poisoning death in London of Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian spy. Britain has blamed Russian Federation for the attack - a charge that Moscow has strongly denied. "We didn't see any signs, any applications from the British side that they are not happy with the way Skripals were living in Salisbury".

It's also claimed a program in Russian Federation investigated how nerve agents could be administered through door handles.

Russian Federation has denied everything over the Skripal case, including suggesting the United Kingdom may have carried out the attack.

The watchdog's report on Thursday does not say who was responsible for the attack, since that was outside the scope of its mission. It demanded access to her and prodded Britain to share evidence in the case. Her father remains in the hospital but British health officials say he is improving.

Britain has asked for a meeting of OPCW 's executive council on Wednesday to discuss the organisation's findings, and Britain is also seeking a meeting of the U.N. Security Council next week on the chemical weapons report.

"I want to underline: the OPCW only has confirmed the composition of the chemical agent", Lavrov said at a news conference.

On Wednesday she said she did not now wish to take up an offer of consular assistance from the Russian embassy, according to a note released by London's Metropolitan Police.

"There can be no doubt what was used and there remains no alternative explanation about who was responsible - only Russian Federation has the means, motive and record".

Yakovenko said he had not seen the letter.

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