The case which triggered diplomatic crisis between UK and Russia was when Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia Skripal, were poisoned with the military-grade nerve agent Novichok in the English city of Salisbury in March. Britain's assessment that two suspects accused of poisoning a Russian ex-spy and his daughter in the UK were Russian military intelligence officers, and that the Russian government “almost certainly” approved the attack, has been backed by the leaders of the United States, France, Germany and Canada.
On Wednesday, after prosecutors said they had "sufficient evidence" to charge two Russian nationals in connection with attack, British Prime Minister Theresa May, presented the assessment in the parliament. The two suspects traveled to the UK as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, almost certainly aliases, said the British Crown Prosecution’s Service and conspiracy to murder, attempted murder, the use and possession of Novichok, and causing grievous bodily harm are the charges sought by the Prosecutor.
“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 almost certainly approved at a senior government level,” the leaders said in a joint statement on Thursday.“We, the leaders of France, Germany, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, reiterate our outrage at the use of a chemical nerve agent, known as Novichok, in Salisbury on March 4,” the letter said.
But, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova dismissed the claims and said, “A link with Russia is being alleged. The names published in the media, like the photos, do not tell us anything.” She further said, “The investigation of such serious crimes -- which the UK side has repeatedly alleged -- requires the most careful work, scrupulous analysis of data and close cooperation.”
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