Police say Novichok was in fake perfume bottle

Russian suspects

Peskov also said that Russian Federation "has no reasons" to investigate the two individuals charged Wednesday because Britain has not asked for legal assistance in the case.

On Wednesday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said in an official statement that the British police and intelligence agencies have identified two Russian nationals they believe were responsible for the March attack.

Britain will brief the UN Security Council on Thursday on the arrest warrants it has issued for two Russian spies charged with carrying out a nerve agent attack on British soil.

British Prime Minister Theresa May pinned the blame on the Russian government, telling the House of Commons the men were members of the GRU, Russia's military intelligence agency.

Two Russian nationals have been named as suspects in the attempted murder this year of a former Russian spy and his daughter in southern England, according to a report. Basu said the passports were genuine but the men were probably using aliases, and appealed the public "to come forward and tell us who they are".

The two men alleged to have been behind the March nerve agent poisoning - Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov - have been identified by the United Kingdom as members of the GRU, Russia's military intelligence service.

May called the attack "sickening and despicable" and described the movements of the suspects, who have be named as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov.

They returned the following day, when they are believed to have smeared Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War, on Skripal's front door.

The charges deepen Britain's diplomatic feud with Moscow, which denies involvement in the attack on Skripal, a former Russian agent who had been convicted in his homeland of spying for Britain.

Mr Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in March by the nerve agent Novichok.

Russian officials said they did not recognize the suspects.


British police released CCTV images of two Russian men they said flew in to Britain for a weekend to commit murder. She has criticized London for turning down Moscow's request to see the case files.

The Russian government, however, continues to deny all charges.

The leaders of Britain, the United States, France, Germany and Canada said they had "full confidence" that the Novichok attack suspects were officers from Russia's military intelligence service.

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

"For us any sort of accusation regarding the Russian leadership is unacceptable", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists.

A woman later died from Novichok poisoning after her partner found a counterfeit perfume bottle which police believe had been used to smuggle the nerve agent into Britain. He was hospitalised and his girlfriend Dawn Sturgess, 44, died after being exposed to the contents.

Rowley tried to put the two parts of the bottle together at home on June 30, during which he got some of the poison on himself. As a result, Basu said, police weren't yet ready to bring charges in the second poisoning.

Tests were carried out on May 4 on that room and it was "deemed safe", Basu said.

Both have been charged with conspiracy to murder Sergei Skripal, attempted murder of Sergei Skripal, Yulia Skripal and Nick Bailey, use and possession of the nerve agent Novichok contrary to the Chemical Weapons Act and causing grievous bodily harm with intent to kill Yulia Skripal and Nick Bailey.

The U.K.is not asking Moscow to extradite the men because Russian law forbids extradition of the country's citizens, prosecutor Sue Hemming said Wednesday.

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