'Pure' Novichok used for poisoning Ex-spy, watchdog confirms

'Pure' Novichok used for poisoning Ex-spy, watchdog confirms

'Pure' Novichok used for poisoning Ex-spy, watchdog confirms

The daughter of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, who was poisoned along with her father with a deadly nerve agent in the United Kingdom last month, has rejected help from Moscow's embassy in London.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which conducted its report at the request of the British government, analyzed samples collected by United Kingdom authorities from Skripal, his daughter Yulia and a police officer who was exposed to the nerve agent, Efe news reported.

While roaming Salisbury District Hospital, a Russian reporter mocks the poison attack and asks nurses about Sergei Skripal.

Following the report's release, U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said there was no doubt Russian Federation was responsible for the attempted murder of Sergei and Yulia Skripals.

The watchdog also found "the toxic chemical was of high purity" because of an "almost complete absence of impurities".

Britain has blamed Russian Federation for the attack while Moscow has denied any involvement. The Kremlin has consistently denied any involvement.

Testing by OPCW laboratories found the substance used in Salisbury to be of "a high purity", which supports the British government's assertion that a state was involved.

The deadliness of the agent depended on the dose and how it was inhaled.


The OPCW did not name the nerve agent directly as novichok but said it agreed with the UK's findings on its identity.

Britain has said the use of such an obscure poison indicates Moscow was either to blame or had lost control over its nerve agents.

Britain has blamed Russian Federation for the March 4 poisoning of the Skripals with a nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union.

The embassy says the statement released Wednesday by the Metropolitan Police Service on behalf of Yulia Skripal strengthens suspicions she is being held against her will.

"Until that time, I want to stress that no one speaks for me, or for my father, but ourselves", she said. Yulia was visiting from Russian Federation when they were poisoned, probably via contamination from his front door. Yulia, 33, was released from the hospital earlier this week, but her 66-year-old father is recovering more slowly.

"Not a single friend or relative quoted by Russian or British media confirms such contacts", it said, noting that "as far we know" their closest relatives are her cousin Victoria and their grandmother Elena, who live together.

Reuters reported that she was declining an offer of assistance from the Russian Embassy.

"We'd really like to understand what exactly the British aspect did to adhere to its global obligation under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations as well as the Allied Consular Convention, and that which were the reasons for this a unfounded conclusion", the embassy explained.

Related news



[an error occurred while processing the directive]