I don't need any help from the Russian embassy - Yulia Skripal


A CHURCH in Salisbury will host a "service of cleansing and celebration" after the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in the city last month.

Johnson said the chemical "was a military grade nerve agent - a Novichok", a group of deadly chemical compounds reportedly developed by the Soviet government in the 1970s and 1980s.

"Not a single friend or relative quoted by Russian or British media confirms such contacts", it said, noting that "as far we know" their closest relatives are her cousin Victoria and their grandmother Elena, who live together.

The worldwide chemical weapons watchdog has confirmed Britain's analysis of the chemical used in the Salisbury nerve agent poisoning, as Russian Federation continued to deny responsibility for the attack.

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According to the embassy's maycommentary, "the case against Russian Federation is based on three elements: the identification of the chemical agent, far-fetched speculations and conclusions regarding the "operational experience" and "motive", as well as unverifiable 'intelligence'".

Britain said the report's characterization of the substance as highly purified supported its stance that the chemical could have been produced only by a state laboratory, although Moscow refuses to provide samples against which it could be matched.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which collected its own samples in Salisbury at Britain's request, did not assign blame for the attack, in which Russian Federation has denied involvement, or name the chemical agent.

In a statement issued on Wednesday via police Yulia said she was "seeking to come to terms with my prospects, while also recovering from this attack on me". Maria Zakharova, spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, told reporters that the report was part of a continuing British plot against Russia.

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He also said Russian intelligence cyber specialists had targeted Skripal's daughter Yulia's email accounts in 2013.

"With no possibility to verify it, the publication by the Metropolitan Police raises new questions rather than gives answers. All returned the same conclusive results", Mr Johnson said in a statement.

"The clinical picture", he added, showed that the nerve agent BZ had been used on the Skripals.

The embassy recalled that "BZ" is a chemical agent, used to temporary incapacitate people due to its psychotoxic effect which is reached in 30-60 minutes after the agent's application and lasts up to four days. Her father remains hospitalized but British health officials say he is improving.

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The UK's intelligence officials are believed to be in talks with the CIA over the possible repatriation of the Skripals to the USA or another friendly country for their safety.