Thursday, 19 April, 2018


I don't need any help from the Russian embassy - Yulia Skripal

Russia hints that US UK could have equally poisoned Skripal and his daughter Skripals attacked with nerve agent “in liquid form,” government department says
Patty Aguilar | 15 April, 2018, 21:59

Russian intelligence agencies monitored the emails of former spy Sergei Skripal's daughter Yulia for at least five years before the two were poisoned, Britain's national security adviser said in a letter made public Friday.

Sedwill also said that Russian Federation has tested means of delivering chemical agents "including by application to door handles", pointing out that the highest concentration of the chemical found after the attack was on Skripal's front door handle.

He said that it included investigating ways of delivering nerve agents by applying them to door handles. "That was a military- grade nerve agent - a Novichok", said United Kingdom foreign secretary Boris Johnson. "Only Russia has the means, motive and record", he said.

Cyber specialists from the GRU - Moscow's Main Intelligence Directorate - targeted email accounts belonging to Miss Skripal as long ago as 2013, and possibly even before that, according to newly-declassified British intelligence.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May rallied allies in the U.S., Europe, Australia and Canada to conduct coordinated expulsions of more than 150 Russian diplomats last month after she told parliament it was "highly likely" that Russia was responsible. "So far, we doubt it much", an embassy statement said.

At the same time, Russian Federation stepped up demands for diplomatic access to Skripal, who remains hospitalized, and his daughter, who is continuing her recovery in an undisclosed location after having been released from a hospital. "It is unlikely that Novichoks could be made and deployed by non-state actors (eg a criminal or terrorist group), especially at the level of purity confirmed by OPCW". Former KGB bodyguards identified as suspects in the murder denied any involvement.

Sir Mark said Russian Federation failed to declare its work on Novichoks when it ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Skripal had moved to Britain in 2010 as part of a spy exchange after being imprisoned in Russian Federation for selling secrets to British intelligence while he was working for the GRU. "All these allegations that we produced something, it has nothing to do with reality".

"Russia's chemical weapons programme continued after the collapse of the Soviet Union".

Mr Sedwill said Russian Federation further developed some Novichoks after ratifying the convention, and failed to report the activity.

A British police officer took ill after helping the Skripals.

'We would like to make sure that the statement really belongs to Yulia, ' the embassy said. Yulia has been discharged and is reportedly being kept at an MI5 "safe house".

In a statement issued on Wednesday via police Yulia said she was "seeking to come to terms with my prospects, while also recovering from this attack on me".

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