British Police Identify Russian Suspects Behind Skripals' Poisoning, Media Says

Elias Hubbard
July 21, 2018

"They are sure they [the suspects] are Russian", a source with knowledge of the investigation told the Press Association.

Alexander Yakovenko "wanted to hear it from Scotland Yard or the Foreign Office", he told Russian news agency Interfax. Security Minister Ben Wallace wrote on Twitter that he considered the news about suspects to be "ill-informed" and speculative.

More than 400 items have been collected by police in a case labelled by the UK's top counter-terror officer as one of the toughest in history.

After analyzing closed-circuit television, police think several Russians were involved in the attack on the Skripals, who spent weeks in hospital before being spirited to a secret location, Press Association reported.

Both have recovered and are being held in a secret location for their safety, with the United Kingdom government pointing the finger at the Kremlin for the attempted assassination.

He left Russian Federation for Britain in a 2010 spy swap. A British investigation concluded that Russian Federation was responsible for the attack, identifying the substance involved as a Novichok nerve agent, which is a military-grade chemical dating back to the Soviet era.

However, investigators have not been able to confirm that it was from the same batch used to poison the Skripals.

Within their complex investigation, detectives are looking at the possibility that Ms Sturgess tested the spray on her face and hands, believing it to be perfume.

The 44-year-old died in hospital after coming into with the Russian nerve agent Novichok in Amesbury, Wiltshire.

Police said in a statement late on July 13 that a small bottle was found in Rowley's residence in Amesbury, 15 kilometers north of Salisbury, and scientists had confirmed that it contained Novichok.

Investigators do not believe that Sturgess and Rowley were specifically targeted, but had become accidental victims after they came into contact with a container that was used in the original attack on the Skripals. They set out to determine the place, time and type of death, but do not apportion blame.

The inquest will be formally opened but then adjourned to a later date.

"The OPCW team collected samples".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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