United Kingdom and Russian Federation trade barbs at UN over spy attack

Russian suspects

Britain charged two Russians in absentia on Wednesday with the attempted murder of a former Russian spy and his daughter, and said the suspects were military intelligence officers nearly certainly acting on orders from high up in the Russian state.

Calling the poisoning a "sickening and despicable" attack, Javid said it was "unequivocally, crystal-clear this was the act of the Russian state - two Russian nationals sent to Britain with the sole objective of carrying out a reckless assassination attempt".

Prime Minister Theresa May told parliament the government had concluded they were officers in Russia's military intelligence service, the GRU.

Britain pointed the finger at Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday for a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England - a charge that Moscow rejected as "unacceptable".

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.

Putin's foreign policy adviser, Yuri Ushakov, told reporters in Moscow that the names of the two Russian men suspected in the poisoning "do not mean anything to me".

Petrov and Boshirov are approximately 40 years old, and are Russian nationals who were travelling on Russian passports, according to the police case against them.

The UK named two men, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, believed to be from Russia's military intelligence service, the GRU, as the main suspects.

British police have released photos of a perfume bottle they say was used in the attempted assassination of a former Russian spy.

Investigators determined they were sickened by a Soviet-designed nerve agent called Novichok.

Russian Federation needs data to confirm or deny the identification of suspects in the Salisbury Novichok attack, the country's presidential spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday.

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. She has criticized London for turning down Moscow's request to see the case files.

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Moscow has denied allegations of Russian involvement.

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

Her partner Charlie Rowley was also poisoned but survived.

Dawn Sturgess, 44, became an indirect casualty of the poisoning and she died after she touched the poisoned item with her hand.

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.

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.

The men stayed at a hotel in London and travelled from Waterloo train station before being captured again on CCTV at Salisbury on March 4, the day the Skripals were attacked on March 4.

Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were hospitalized after being found collapsed on a bench outside a shopping mall in the southern British city of Salisbury.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov are wanted for conspiracy to murder Sergei Skripal and the attempted murder of Yulia Skripal and police officer Nick Bailey.

Sue Hemming of the Crown Prosecution Service said the United Kingdom wouldn't ask Moscow to extradite the men because Russian law forbids extradition of the country's citizens.

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu of London's Metropolitan Police, Britain's top counter-terrorism officer, said the two men were believed to be in their 40s.

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