Skripals were poisoned by high-purity novichok, watchdog confirms

Salisbury attack: Chemical weapons watchdog confirms UK findings on nerve agent

Britain says that means only a state with a sophisticated laboratory could have manufactured it.

Ms. Srkipal, who lives in Russian Federation and was visiting her father when the poisoning took place, thanked staff members at the hospital where she was treated, said she was still suffering from the attack.

Skripal's daughter, Yulia, was discharged from hospital this week having also been exposed to the Novichok in the attack on 4 March, which has strained relations between Britain and Russian Federation.

It did not however provide any evidence on where the nerve agent may have originated from or back up Britain's claims that Russian Federation was to blame.

While Russia has fiercely denied allegations it is responsible, the global fallout from the attack has revived Cold War tensions. She said Moscow will continue to press Britain to share evidence in the case.

He said Britain has called a meeting of the OPCW executive council in The Hague next week to discuss "next steps", adding; 'The Kremlin must give answers'.

The British government says its experts have identified the suspected nerve agent as military-grade Novichok.

It noted that the chemical was of "high purity" with an "almost complete absence" of any impurities. It said the name and structure of the toxin were included in the full classified report, distributed to 192 member states of the organization.

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Sergei Skripal moved to Britain in a spy swap in 2010 and settled in Salisbury.

Russian Federation has said it does not have such nerve agents and President Vladimir Putin said it was nonsense to think that Moscow would have poisoned Skripal and his daughter Yulia. They were later found to have been poisoned by Novichok, a nerve-agent linked to the Russian government.

On April 4, British military facility head Gary Aitkenhead claimed to identify the nerve agent as the military-grade Novichok but they had not proved that it was made in Russian Federation. Moscow rejected all of the United Kingdom's accusations, saying that a program aimed at developing such a substance had existed neither in the Soviet Union nor in Russian Federation.

Britain has blamed the attack on Russia, sparking the expulsion in excess of one hundred fifty Russian diplomats from western countries.

"The results of analysis by OPCW-designated laboratories of environmental and biomedical samples collected by the OPCW team confirm the findings of the United Kingdom relating to the identity of the toxic chemical", the published summary said.

She was recently discharged from Salisbury district hospital, where her father Sergei remains "seriously ill", she said. Yulia, 33, was released from the hospital earlier this week, but her 66-year-old father is recovering more slowly.

"I've been made conscious of my distinct contacts at the Russian Embassy who've kindly supplied me their support", Skripal, " a Russian citizen who was seeing her daddy at the palace town of Salisbury, stated in the statement.

"Her opinions and assertions are not mine and they are not my father's", Yulia Skripal stated.

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