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Britain and Bulgaria to probe report of new Skripal suspect

Feb 11, 2019 - 9:45 PM

(UPDATED) A report by the investigative website Bellingcat identifies a hitherto unknown possible third suspect in the 2018 attack in Salisbury on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter

NEW SUSPECT. In this file photo taken on March 8, members of the emergency services in green biohazard encapsulated suits fix the tent over the bench where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found on March 4 in critical condition at The Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury, southern England. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

U.S. prepares more Russia sanctions over Britain nerve gas attack

Nov 07, 2018 - 1:36 PM

Three months after the Untied States declared Russia violated a US law that seeks the elimination of chemical and biological weapons, the State Department tells Congress in a legally-mandated follow-up Moscow had not come into compliance

NOVICHOK ATTACK. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (R) talks with Wiltshire Police's Chief Constable Kier Pritchard (2L) as they stand near The Mill Pub in Salisbury, southern England, on March 15, 2018, where former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia went before being discovered on a nearby bench on March 4, following an apparent nerve agent attack. File photo by Tony Melville/AFP

Russians in UK spy poisoning posed as businessmen – report

Sep 07, 2018 - 6:16 PM

The Daily Telegraph newspaper, citing an unnamed security source, says the two men had posed as businessmen to obtain their visas from the British consulate in Saint Petersburg.

NOVICHOK ATTACK. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (R) talks with Wiltshire Police's Chief Constable Kier Pritchard (2L) near The Mill Pub in Salisbury, southern England, on March 15, 2018. File photo by Toby Melville/AFP

Putin 'ultimately' to blame for spy poisoning – UK

Sep 06, 2018 - 5:27 PM

UK Security Minister Ben Wallace on Putin: 'Ultimately he does in so far as he is the president of the Russian Federation and it is his government that controls, funds and directs the military intelligence, the GRU, via his ministry of defense'

PUTIN. Russia's President Vladimir Putin is pictured at the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7. Photo by Kay Nietfeld/AFP

Russian 'military intelligence' behind Novichok attack – UK

Sep 05, 2018 - 9:02 PM

'Based on a body of intelligence the government has concluded that the two individuals named by the police... are officers of the Russian military intelligence service, also known as the GRU,' Prime Minister Theresa May says

NOVICHOK ATTACKS. In this file photo taken on March 08, 2018 members of the emergency services in green biohazard encapsulated suits afix the tent over the bench where where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found on March 4 at The Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury, southern England, after the tent became detached.  File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

U.S. hits Russia with sanctions over nerve agent attack in Britain

Aug 09, 2018 - 9:17 AM

The State Department says the action is aimed at punishing President Vladimir Putin's government for having 'used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law'

SANCTIONS. In this file photo taken on March 8, members of the emergency services in green biohazard encapsulated suits fix the tent over the bench where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found on March 4 in critical condition at The Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury, southern England. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

UK police identify Novichok suspects as Russians

Jul 19, 2018 - 8:29 PM

'Investigators believe they have identified the suspected perpetrators of the Novichok attack through CCTV and have cross-checked this with records of people who entered the country around that time,' a source with knowledge of the investigation says

NERVE AGENT. A police officer stands guard over a public rubbish bin that is cordoned off in Amesbury, near Salisbury, southern England, on July 5, 2018 in connection with the investigation launched after two people were found unconscious after exposure to what was later identified as the nerve agent Novichok. Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/AFP

Novichok patient no longer critical – UK hospital

Jul 11, 2018 - 7:29 PM

Charlie Rowley 'is no longer in a critical condition,' Lorna Wilkinson, director of nursing at Salisbury District Hospital in southwest England, says

CHARLIE ROWLEY. An undated file picture taken from the Facebook page of Charles Rowley on July 9, 2018. Image from Facebook page of Charles Rowley/AFP

British woman dies after exposure to Novichok nerve agent

Jul 09, 2018 - 7:18 AM

Novichok is a military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War

NERVE AGENT. Police officers stand guard near barriers across Rollestone Street, outside the John Baker House Sanctuary Supported Living in Salisbury, southern England, on July 8, 2018. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Moscow accuses UK of 'dirty political games' over nerve agent

Jul 05, 2018 - 10:23 PM

Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova also says London will have to apologize for its handling of the two poisoning cases and its accusations against Moscow

CORDONED OFF. A police officer guards a cordon at a residential address in Amesbury, southern England, on July 5, 2018 where police reported a man and woman were found unconscious after contact with what was later identified as the nerve agent Novichok. Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/AFP

British police probe new Novichok nerve agent case

Jul 05, 2018 - 6:31 PM

(UPDATED) Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov tells reporters the case is 'very worrying' but Russia had no information 'about what substances were used and how they were used'

NERVE AGENT. A police officer stands guard over a public rubbish bin that is cordoned off in Amesbury, near Salisbury, southern England, on July 5, 2018 in connection with the investigation launched after two people were found unconscious after exposure to what was later identified as the nerve agent Novichok. Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe / AFP

2 Britons exposed to nerve agent used on Russian spy – police

Jul 05, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Neil Basu, head of counter-terrorism police says there is no evidence to suggest that the man and the woman 'were targeted in any way'

SAME NERVE AGENT. In this file photo, Senior national coordinator for counter-terrorism Neil Basu speaks to the press outside New Scotland Yard in central London on March 13, 2018. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas

Russia diplomats, families, leave U.S. embassy

Apr 01, 2018 - 8:40 AM

In total, 171 people will leave the country, state news agency TASS reports Russian ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, as saying

EXPELLED. Russian diplomats leave their embassy in Washington. Photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

Russia demands UK cut over 50 diplomats in new tit-for-tat move

Mar 31, 2018 - 8:31 PM

(UPDATED) Meanwhile, Britain says it is considering Moscow's request for consular access to Yulia Skripal, daughter of poisoned former double agent Sergei Skripal

KREMLIN. A general view photo taken on July 31, 2017 shows the Kremlin, the History Museum and the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. File photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

Russia opens probes into Skripal daughter's poisoning, Russian's death

Mar 16, 2018 - 11:13 PM

Aside from probing the 'attempted premeditated murder of Yulia Skripal, Russia's Investigative Committee will also probe the the suspected murder of a Russian living in London, Nikolai Glushkov

THE SKRIPALS' POISONING. British Military personnel wearing protective coveralls work to remove a vehicle connected to the March 4 nerve agent attack in Salisbury, from a residential street in Gillingham, southeast England on March 14, 2018. File photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

UK, U.S., France, Germany point to Russia over spy attack

Mar 15, 2018 - 10:06 PM

'We share the UK assessment that there is no plausible alternative explanation, and note that Russia's failure to address the legitimate request by the UK government further underlines its responsibility,' a joint statement by the UK, France, Germany, and the USA reads

THERESA MAY. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (R) talks with Wiltshire Police's Chief Constable Kier Pritchard (2L) as they stand near The Mill Pub in Salisbury, southern England, on March 15, 2018, where former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia went before being discovered on a nearby bench on March 4, following an apparent nerve agent attack. Photo by Toby Melville/AFP

Britain expels Russian diplomats over spy poisoning

Mar 15, 2018 - 11:36 AM

British Prime Minister Theresa May says Russia failed to respond to her demand for an explanation on how a Soviet-designed chemical, Novichok, was used in the English city of Salisbury

SPY POISONING. British police officers stand on duty at a cordon leading to a residential housing estate as Military personnel in wearing protective coveralls work to remove a vehicle connected to the March 4 nerve agent attack in Salisbury, from a residential street in Gillingham, southeast England on March 14, 2018. File photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP