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UK, USA, France, Germany, and Canada issued a joint statement expressing “full confidence” charges against two Russians in the case of the poisoning of ex-GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia. About it reports Sky News.
Western countries believe that this operation “almost certainly” was approved by the Russian authorities at the highest level.
“Yesterday’s message reinforced our intention to terminate the hostile activities of foreign intelligence networks in our territories, to support the ban on chemical weapons, to protect our citizens and themselves from all forms of harmful state activities directed against us and our communities,” reads the statement.
The leaders of the five countries expressed “outrage” attack on Skrobala, welcomed the progress in the investigation and urged anyone who has any information to contact the British authorities.
“We have full confidence in the British authorities that the two suspects were officers of the Russian military intelligence service, also known as GRU”, the statement quoted BBC News.
5 September the United Kingdom announced the names of two Russians who are accused of poisoning Skipala — Alexander Petrov, and Ruslan Bashirov. London considers that they are employees of the Main Directorate of the General staff of the armed forces (better known under its former name — GRU).
March 4 in the British city of Salisbury was poisoned by a former GRU officer Sergey Skripal and his daughter Julia. They were found unconscious in the Park. Skrypali spent several weeks in the hospital. The British authorities said at the outset that the poisoning was done with a nerve toxin “Beginner”, developed in the Soviet Union and the crime is Russia. In Moscow deny the accusations.
30 Jun injured two residents of the Salisbury — Charlie Rowley and don Sturgess. Rowley said that he had found in the Park a bottle of perfume and gave it to don. British intelligence agencies claim that the couple have been exposed to the “Newbie”. Sturgess died, Rowley is in intensive care.
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