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Russian foreign minister suggests Britain may have been behind Skripal poisoning

04 April 2018

Russian Federation has vehemently denied accusations from Britain that it was behind the poisoning.

London has accused Russian Federation of using the Novichok nerve agent, developed in the latter days of the Soviet Union.

"I think I could have a very good relationship with president Putin", Trump said.

The Kremlin says Britain will have to apologize for unfounded accusations against Russian Federation over the poisoning of an ex-spy.

Britain blames Russian Federation for the March 4 attack on Skripal and his daughter, a claim that Moscow denies.

But he told Sky News it was not Porton Down's role to work out where the agent came from and suggested the Government's conclusion that it was highly likely to have come from Russian Federation was based on "a number of other sources".

He told state-funded RT television that all precursors for making the agent are available on the open market.

Russian Federation has denied responsibility for the March 4 attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, with foreign minister Sergey Lavrov even suggesting on Monday that it might have been carried out by the British authorities as a means of distracting voters from its difficulties with Brexit.

Lab chief said only a "state actor" would have the capability to produce the substance.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has also called for a "thorough inquiry" into the incident.

British authorities say his daughter is conscious and talking. We identified that it was from this family and that it's a military-grade nerve agent.

"They have to be answered so far the only thing which is clear to us, that the British government chose to put the blame for the Salisbury incident on Russian Federation without presenting any evidence to that effect", he said. We will not tolerate this kind of irresponsible and, well basically indecent, behaviour on the part of the British government.

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Moscow alleged that British intelligence agencies could have been behind the poisoning.

Aitkenhead said there was "no way" the nerve agent could have come from the high-security facility. He added Moscow had "no outstanding issues" against the 66-year-old Skripal.

Late last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov again demanded the United Kingdom give Russian diplomats access to Yulia, who is a Russian citizen.

Russian officials and state television have in turn come up with several different theories to explain the poisoning.

That approach will mean that, among other countries affected, France, Germany and Poland would each have four of their diplomats in Moscow sent home, Ukraine would forfeit 13 diplomats, and Denmark, Albania and Spain would each have two of their embassy staff expelled. Moscow is increasingly convinced that Britain is the real culprit behind the attack, according to Russian Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko.

Britain says the Soviet-made nerve agent Novichok was used in the attack last month. "Russia's response was not unanticipated and the will deal with it", the White House said in a statement without elaborating.

"We have not verified that precise source", he told Sky News.

Russian Federation denies responsibility and has suggested the poison may have come from Britain.

Mr Lavrov said it was "outrageous" that Britain had failed to provide consular access to Yulia Skripal, 33, since it emerged that her condition was improving.

"The UK's diplomatic activities that we have seen recently are beyond the pale", he said. He said the leading principle of diplomacy was reciprocity.

Evgeny Buzhinskiy has warned the expelling of diplomats over the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia is creating a situation which is "worse than the Cold War".

Russian foreign minister suggests Britain may have been behind Skripal poisoning