Russian Federation 'was spying on ex-double agent for five years'

  • Russian Federation 'was spying on ex-double agent for five years'

Russian Federation 'was spying on ex-double agent for five years'

President Donald Trump warned Russia this week of an impending missile strike against its ally Syrian President Bashar Assad over the alleged use of chemical weapons against his own people, although the president subsequently walked back denunciations of Russian President Vladimir Putin for backing Assad.

He said that it included investigating ways of delivering nerve agents by applying them to door handles.

Poisoning of the Skripals: Ex-double-agent Skripal and his daughter were found slumped over in public in Salisbury after apparently being poisoned.

According to the embassy's maycommentary, "the case against Russian Federation is based on three elements: the identification of the chemical agent, far-fetched speculations and conclusions regarding the "operational experience" and "motive", as well as unverifiable 'intelligence'". The letter read: 'It is highly likely that the Russian intelligence services view at least some of its defectors as legitimate targets for assassination.

Mark Sedwill said in a letter to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday that email accounts of Yulia had been targeted in 2013 by cyber specialists from Russia's GRU military intelligence service. "It is highly likely that Novichoks were developed to prevent detection by the West and to circumvent worldwide chemical weapons controls", he said. "So far, we doubt it much", an embassy statement said. And there was no change Thursday in the steadfast refusal that Russian Federation was involved. "It is unlikely that Novichoks could be made and deployed by non-state actors (eg a criminal or terrorist group), especially at the level of purity confirmed by OPCW".

The letter revealed that Russia's chemical weapons programme continued after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Sergei Skripal was granted refuge in the United Kingdom following a 2010 spy exchange between the USA and Russian Federation. Russia's ambassador to Britain, Alexander Yakovenko, identified the poison as Novichok A-234, derived from an earlier version known as A-232. A police officer, Detective Sgt. Nick Bailey, who responded to the scene of the assault, was also hospitalized but has since been discharged.

In a statement issued on Wednesday via police Yulia said she was "seeking to come to terms with my prospects, while also recovering from this attack on me".

The Russian embassy in London cast doubt on the authenticity of Yulia Skripal's statement, saying it indicates the UK's "forcible isolation of the Russian citizen".

"I have access to friends and family, and I have been made aware of my specific contacts at the Russian Embassy who have kindly offered me their assistance in any way they can", the ex-spy's daughter said.