United Kingdom calls Security Council talks on poison case

British prosecutors to charge two Russians in U.K. nerve agent attack

Following the charges made by British officials against the two men, a UN Security Council meeting has been scheduled.

Prosecutors said the men are being charged in absentia with conspiracy to murder, attempted murder and use of the nerve agent Novichok, prosecutors said.

The spat at the United Nations came after Britain raised the stakes in its diplomatic battle and accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of having ultimate responsibility for the nerve agent attack on a former spy.

Prime Minister Theresa May is to make a statement in the House of Commons later to update MPs on the investigation, Downing Street has said. Basu said the passports were genuine but the men were probably using aliases, and appealed to the public "to come forward and tell us who they are".

Secret intelligence service MI6 of Britain known the real names of agents of the GRU, which London was accused of the assassination of their former colleague Sergei Skripal in England.

Despite the link between the cases, no charges have yet been made over the subsequent poisonings after the Skripals.

Police said CCTV shows the two suspects in the vicinity of the property on that date.

British authorities and the global chemical weapons watchdog say the victims were exposed to Novichok, a type of military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme Britain is "100% sure" the two Russians named by the Crown Prosecution Service carried out the attack on the Skripals in Salisbury, Wilts.

A composite image showing a fake perfume box and bottle that contained the nerve agent meant to poison former spy Sergei Skripal.

The police also revealed that traces of the nerve agent were discovered in an East London hotel room where the two men, who used the names Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, stayed during their two day trip from Moscow.

The photos were among a cache of evidence when British authorities accused two Russian men, identified as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, of carrying out the attack.

Britain has said it is not going to seek the men's extradition because Russian law does not allow for the extradition of its nationals to be tried overseas.

Russian Federation has denied having any involvement in the case.

We will remind, in Moscow, said that video evidence in the case of Violinists are fake.

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

Mr Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said the accusations were unacceptable and claimed that "neither the Russian leadership nor its representatives have anything to do with the events in Salisbury".

United Kingdom police now believe the deadly nerve agent used in the attempted murder of a former Russian double agent and his daughter was brought into the country in a counterfeit perfume bottle with a specially made poison applicator. He was hospitalised and his girlfriend Dawn Sturgess, 44, died after being exposed to the contents.

Police are still trying to determine where the bottle was between the Skripal poisoning in March and its discovery by Rowley on June 27.

Ms Sturgess, who died after being exposed to novichok, and Mr Rowley, were not targeted intentionally, May said, but rather were victims of "the reckless disposal of this agent".

Mr Basu would not say whether police believe the suspects worked for Russian security services but, he said, "this was a sophisticated attack across borders".

Members of the emergency services help each other to remove their protective suits at the site of the grave of Luidmila Skripal, wife of former Russian inteligence officer Sergei Skripal, at London Road Cemetery in Salisbury, Britain, March 10, 2018.

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