Russians in UK spy poisoning posed as businessmen

Blanche Robertson
September 10, 2018

Canada and its allies, however, said they had "full confidence in the British assessment that the two suspects were officers from the Russian military intelligence service ... and that this operation was nearly certainly approved at a senior government level". "We have lost all hope of finding the truth of who is guilty", he said.

British and Russian officials will come face-to-face as the UN Security Council discusses the attack in NY.

United Kingdom intelligence chiefs blamed Russian Federation for the attack, but Moscow denies all responsibility.

The developments came amid claims that President Trump was "reluctant" to expel 60 Russian diplomats following the Salisbury poisonings in March.

Providing an in-depth update on an investigation he described as one of the most complex and intensive ever undertaken by counter-terror policing, Basu also published a detailed account of the movements of the two men over the three days.

There is "sufficient evidence" to charge Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov over the attack in Salisbury, Scotland Yard and the CPS say.

"They left Salisbury and returned to Waterloo arriving at approximately 4.45pm and boarded the underground at approximately 6.30pm to Heathrow - from where they returned to Moscow on flight SU2585, departing at 10.30pm".

Under plans unveiled earlier this year, police and immigration authorities will be handed anti-terror style powers to intercept individuals to determine whether they are or have been engaged in "hostile activity".

Detectives believe it is likely the pair, thought to be aged around 40, travelled under aliases and that Petrov and Boshirov are not their real names.

Moscow strongly denies involvement in the attack, and Russian officials said they didn't recognize the suspects.

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"We know that the Syrian armed forces are getting ready to solve this problem", Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday. Jeffrey said the taking a tougher stance and will not tolerate an all-out attack on the region.

Sajid Javid, however, did acknowledge "the reality is we will probably never see them in the UK".

Russia's foreign ministry has said the names and photographs of the men "do not mean anything" to Moscow, the BBC reported. Basu said that traces of Novichok were found in a room, but in too small a quantity to be harmful.

Two Russian men accused of the Salisbury novichok poisoning were filmed window shopping moments after the attack.

The footage, obtained by Mail Online, emerged a day after Petrov and Boshirov were named as the prime suspects in the attempted murder of former spy Sergei Skripal, his daughter Yulia and police officer Nick Bailey.

They are also charged with use and possession of Novichok, contrary to the Chemical Weapons Act.

Authorities in the United Kingdom are not applying to Russian Federation for the extradition of the two suspects as London does not have extradition agreements with Moscow, the BBC said on Wednesday. However, he said they were making a good recovery.

Detectives say that it was en route to catch the train back to London that the men disposed of the toxin-carrying perfume bottle, which ended up in the hands of Sturgess, who fell ill on June 30 and died in a hospital about a week later.

Viktoria Skripal also said that she doubts that Sergei Skripal is still alive because he has not communicated with the family since the poisoning.

The charges announced on Wednesday relate to the first incident, but Mr Basu said officers continue to liaise with the CPS regarding the poisoning of Mr Rowley and Ms Sturgess.

The case has been likened by British politicians to the murder of Russian dissident and former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned with a rare radioactive isotope in a London hotel in 2006.

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