U.K. Charges Two Men in Sergei Skripal Poisoning

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Britain's United Nations ambassador, Karen Price, told the session that after "painstaking and methodical work" by the country's independent police agencies and prosecutors, the government has concluded "there is enough evidence to bring charges against two Russian nationals" for conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder, the use of and possession of the chemical nerve agent Novichok, and other crimes.

"We have no evidence that they re-entered the United Kingdom after that date", said Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, of the counter-terrorism force. "We will not be going into further detail at present", a spokesperson for the UK Foreign Office told TASS.

The Trump administration said Thursday that it has "full confidence" in the British government's assessment that agents of Russia's military intelligence agency, the GRU, were responsible for the use of a nerve agent against an ex-Russian spy in Britain.

Britain said they were poisoned with the Novichok nerve agent developed in Russia, and that it was highly likely the Russian state had tried to murder them.

Mrs May told MPs that prosecutors deemed it futile to apply to Moscow for the extradition of the two men as Russian Federation did not allow its citizens to be tried overseas.

Who are Petrov and Boshirov?

In a major new development, Prime Minister Theresa May announced Wednesday that police had issued global arrest warrants for the two suspects, identified as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov.

The suspects were named as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, believed to be in their 40s and using the names as aliases, Scotland Yard and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said in a statement. GRU agents are also operating on the ground in Syria, where they help direct Russian airstrikes.

The allegations against Moscow reiterated what many in the West previously have said about the nerve agent attack against the Skripals - namely, that the act was approved at high levels of the Russian government. "We would like to hear from anyone who knows them". He said both men were approximately 40 years old and that they were travelling on Russian passports.

Leonid Slutsky, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the State Duma, the lower chamber of Russia's parliament, dismissed the British investigation as an "anti-Russian provocation".

Over the course of two days, the men traveled from London to Salisbury, England, twice - once to perform reconnaissance around the Skripals' home, and again to put lethal poison on their front door, police say.

The use of Novichok in the assassination attempt was a violation of global law banning the use of chemical weapons. Sturgess later died, but no one has been charged in that case.

Investigators found a pink box at his home labelled Nina Ricci Premier Jour, Basu said.

It goes without saying that there has to be close co-operation with technology companies, he said.

Why have no charges been brought for the death of Dawn Sturgess?

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu also confirmed officers have now linked the attack on the Skripals to events in nearby Amesbury four months later. "We do not believe Dawn and Charlie were deliberately targeted, but became victims as a result of the recklessness in which such a toxic nerve agent was disposed of".

The perfume packaging was bogus - and the bottle and nozzle had been "especially adapted", Basu said.

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