'Number of people' involved in poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 21, 2018

Britain blames Russian Federation for the poisonings but Russian Federation denies any involvement.

Investigators cross-checked that information with the manifest of the flight on which the suspects were believed to have left Britain.

The pair weren't known to be spies and were traveling under aliases, the source said.

Britain previously confirmed that border officials searched an incoming Aeroflot plane at London's Heathrow Airport on March 31 in what it called "routine" checks for criminal activity. "These are the reports of the media", he told reporters. A lot of versions have been appearing in the newspapers.

British authorities believe Sturgess and Rowley were not directly targeted.

The Met Police, who are leading the investigation, have refused to comment.

"They (the investigators) are sure they (the suspects) are Russian". Ben Wallace, a security minister in the British government, described the reports as "ill-informed and wild speculation".

Earlier this month, Dawn Sturgess, 44, died after being poisoned by Novichok.

The park and other locations in Salisbury and nearby Amesbury were cordoned off last month after the exposure of the couple to the nerve agent. Her partner, Charlie Rowley, was also stricken and is still in hospital.

It may be that through that work police have come to the conclusion that they have found people who were around the Skripals' home on the 3rd or 4th of March and have been able to identify similar figures, or the same figures, getting on flights and perhaps going back to Russian Federation. Police said they had come into contact with a small bottle containing Novichok, a nerve agent developed in the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

The row has led to tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions between Britain and its allies and Russian Federation.

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. That was the reason she got the fatal dose, investigators say.

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

The attack on the Skripals led to the expulsion of Russian diplomats from the United Kingdom and US.

The Russian envoy added that as London has produced no evidence that Moscow is responsible, the attack and its possible perpetrators was not discussed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his USA counterpart Donald Trump at their meeting in Helsinki. After analyzing CCTV footage, they reportedly came to the conclusion that some "Russians" are involved in the attack. They have since been discharged from hospital.

"The OPCW team collected samples". While they survived Sturgess died July 8 after coming into contact with the poison in the same area of the UK. The Government is now locked in a diplomatic battle with President Vladimir Putin over the attacks.

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