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Yulia Skripal Has Snubbed Moscow's Help After The Nerve Agent Attack

15 April 2018, 09:45 | Opal Carroll

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BORIS JOHNSON has pledged to "stamp out" the use of chemical weapons after global inspectors confirmed a nerve agent poisoned Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

"There remains no alternative explanation about who was responsible - only Russian Federation has the means, motive and record".

The OPCW's report confirmed British findings that the Skripals were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent, but didn't say who was responsible.

On Thursday, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said it confirmed "the findings of the United Kingdom relating to the identity of the toxic chemical".

In the letter, Sedwill said the Soviet Union developed fourth generation nerve agents known as Novichoks in the 1980s at the State Institute for Organic Chemistry and Technology near Volgograd under the codeword FOLIANT.

TASS declared that the OPCW was unable to establish the origin of the nerve agent used to poison the former Russian double agent and his daughter in the English town of Salisbury on March 4.

"Only Russia has the means, motive and record", Johnson said.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which collected its own samples in Salisbury at Britain's request, did not assign blame for the attack, in which Russian Federation has denied involvement, or name the chemical agent.

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Sergei Skripal has been living in Britain since 2010 but his daughter only arrived last month, to visit her father.

Sergei, 66, remains in the hospital while Yulia, 33, has recovered and been released.

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In a statement issued via the police, she said rejected assistance from the Russian Embassy "at the moment".

He said that claim was "extremely suspicious" because the highly volatile A-234 nerve agent could not have been found at the scene in large quantities given that more than two weeks had passed between the attack and the collection of the samples.

Russia's ambassador to the UK, Alexandr Yakovenko, said he had not read Sir Mark's letter but denied the claims in it.

President Donald Trump warned Russia this week of an impending missile strike against its ally Syrian President Bashar Assad over the alleged use of chemical weapons against his own people, although the president subsequently walked back denunciations of Russian President Vladimir Putin for backing Assad. "With no possibility to verify it, the publication by the Metropolitan Police raises new questions rather than gives answers", according to the embassy on its website.

Sergei Skripal remains seriously ill in hospital.



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