France, Germany, Canada and US back Britain over Salisbury poisoning

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Sergei Skripal, a former Russian military intelligence officer who betrayed dozens of agents to Britain's MI6 foreign spy service was found unconscious with his daughter Yulia on a public bench in the English city of Salisbury on March 4. He was hospitalised and his girlfriend Dawn Sturgess, 44, died after being exposed to the contents.

"We have full confidence in the British assessment that the two suspects were officers from the Russian military intelligence service, also known as the GRU, and that this operation was nearly certainly approved at a senior government level", the statement said, adding that the countries urged Russia to provide "full disclosure of its Novichok programme". May added that the operation was "approved at a senior level of the Russian state".

In a statement, the Russian Embassy in the United Kingdom accused the British authorities of being unwilling to engage with them and called on the Government to "give up politicised public accusations".

The two are thought to have been using the names as aliases and are about 40 years old, the BBC said on its website.

The Crown Prosecution Service announced Wednesday, Sept. 5, that it will not be applying to Russian Federation for the extradition of the two men, but a European Arrest Warrant has been obtained.

The suspects made two trips to Salisbury before flying back to Moscow from Heathrow Airport on the evening of March 4, hours after the Skripals were poisoned, police said.

The police force released a series of images of the suspects as they travelled through London and Salisbury between March 2 and March 4.

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said there is no suggestion that they have since returned to the UK.

Basu said they ha no doubt the two events were connected and they were liaising with prosecutors about bringing charges connected to the poisoning of Sturgess and Rowley.

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Basu said: "We do not believe Dawn and Charlie were deliberately targeted, but became victims as a result of the recklessness in which such a toxic nerve agent was disposed of".

Police also released an image of a counterfeit perfume bottle after tests found it contained a "significant amount" of Novichok.

Mr Fleming said the intelligence community had supported police in a "painstaking" and "highly complex" investigation into what happened.

Officials plan to update members on the progress of the investigation at the meeting. Police needed the public's help worldwide in identifying the men and their earlier movements. The prosecutors said that the U.K.is not asking Moscow to extradite the men because Russian law forbids extradition of the country's citizens.

She is expected to speak to other leaders over the next few days as she seeks to forge an worldwide alliance for further action against Russian Federation.

Mr Corbyn had a security briefing this morning from officials which doesn't appear to have gone into "next steps" but did manage to convince him that the Russian state itself was responsible for the attacks in Salisbury and the Russian state should be condemned.

Moscow has denied any involvement in the attack, with Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov calling May's allegations that Russian senior leadership signed off on the hit on Skripal as "out of the question" and "unacceptable".

Basu would not comment on whether the Skripals had faced threats before the attack or where they were now located.

They spent weeks critically ill in hospital but have since been discharged.

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