Russian spy: Source of nerve agent 'not identified'

Police are investigating the possibility that Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia may have been poisoned by his favourite breakfast cereal brought back from Russia

Police are investigating the possibility that Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia may have been poisoned by his favourite breakfast cereal brought back from Russia

Buzhinsky told the BBC the expelling of diplomats by both countries over the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury could lead to war.

"Russia's response was not unanticipated and the will deal with it", the White House said in a statement without elaborating. We expelled diplomats. You further expel, what is the next step?

"The Russian Federation has not informed us that it intends to reduce the total number of personnel allowed in our bilateral Mission", a State Department spokesman said in a statement.

He added that "extremely sophisticated methods" were needed to create the nerve agent, and that was "something only in the capabilities of a state actor".

A United Kingdom government spokesperson said in a statement Tuesday: "We have been clear from the very beginning that our world-leading experts at Porton Down identified the substance used in Salisbury as a Novichok, a military grade nerve agent".

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"We hope that during those discussions a full stop will be placed on [the issue of] what happened" to former spy Sergei Skripal, Mr Putin said in Ankara ahead of the meeting on Wednesday of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

Putin said there were 20 countries that could manufacture the nerve agent, adding he was "surprised at the speed with which the anti-Russian campaign was promoted and accelerated". He argued that Russia had no motive to attack Skripal, who was released in 2010 spy swap from a Russian prison where he was serving time for spying for Britain.

Britain has also suspended high-level diplomatic contact with Moscow.

He also pointed out that "it is our job to provide the scientific evidence of what this particular nerve agent is, we identified that it is from this particular family and that it is a military-grade, but it is not our job to say where it was manufactured".

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov denounced the British accusations on Monday as a "mad and awful provocation". Russian officials are seeking to visit her in hospital.

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London has accused Russian Federation of using the Novichok nerve agent, developed in the latter days of the Soviet Union.

His comments come a day before an extraordinary meeting - called by Russian Federation - with the world's chemical weapons watchdog, the executive council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

Former double agent Skripal, who has lived in Britain since a spy swap in 2010, and his daughter have been in hospital since March 4 after the poisoning that London and its major Western allies have blamed on Russian Federation.

The State Department says that a number of Russian diplomats expelled from a Russian consulate in Washington state could be replaced by other Russian officials, noting that the same is true for a number of American officials recently expelled from a consulate in St. Petersberg. Moscow is still "assessed" to be responsible, though.

Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko in comments relayed by Russian news agencies on Tuesday called Skripal's poisoning a "provocation arranged by Britain" in order to justify high military spending because "they need a major enemy".

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