Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Number in Novichok suspect's passport file reached Russian military, says report

Number in Novichok suspect's passport file reached Russian military, says report

On September 5, Britain said it was charging two Russian men over the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripalin Salisbury, England, earlier this year.

She responded simply: "I asked them if they had Novichok on them, or any other poison, or at least a bottle of perfume which the British police said they had, and they said; "no, that is a lie". From a credibility point of view, the British government must stick to that position, McCauley asserted.

James Slack, spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May, on Thursday derided their claims as "lies and blatant fabrications".

Another role they believe the medic may have had was to ensure police and the NHS were not involved if one of the attackers accidentally poisoned himself.

Dawn Sturgess was killed and her partner Charlie Rowley was left critically injured after coming into contact with the substance in June in the nearby town of Amesbury.

The U.S., France, Canada and Germany said they had "full confidence" in the U.K.'s assessment that the two suspects were Russian agents and that the operation "was with the greatest probability approved at high levels of the government".

Skripal, a former colonel in the GRU who betrayed several agents to the MI6 intelligence service in Britain, and his daughter were discovered unconscious on a Salisbury bench last March.

Petrov and Boshirov told RT they were visiting the "wonderful town" of Salisbury, England, to see its famous cathedral.

He said: "Of course, we went there to see Stonehenge, Old Sarum, but we couldn't do it because there was muddy slush everywhere".

"It is London's official stance and we regret to say that it is impossible to make any assumptions, unfortunately", Mr Peskov said.

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Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov confirmed they are the men accused of carrying out the attack in the interview with RT Thursday.

They added that they've had their "whole lives turned upside down". "We're afraid of going out, we fear for ourselves, our lives and lives of our loved ones". In this interview Bashirov and Petrov claimed that he was in Salisbury to see the sights.

In the 25-minute interview the two men said these were their real names but said they did not work for Russia's military intelligence agency GRU, as Britain claims.

"We have repeatedly asked Russian Federation to account for what happened in Salisbury in March", he added.

"There is nothing special or criminal about it, I can assure you..."

When asked about Novichok, they emphatically denied carrying it, or the modified Nina Ricci perfume bottle which United Kingdom investigators say contained the substance.

Brit authorities are attempting to find a medic nicknamed Dr Novichok and a fourth man who helped the duo target ex-spy Sergei Skripal, it is claimed. "We didn't have it".

They cut their trip short because of bad weather, they said.

Many also queried why the pair would stay in a budget hotel in East London if they were travelling to the United Kingdom for two days, and expected to spend both in Salisbury. "I would like to call on them so that they can hear us today", he said Wednesday.

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