Novichok Was Used in Skripal Attack, Chemical Weapons Watchdog Confirms

UK backed by international watchdog on Salisbury nerve agent findings

At one point the reporter says a sign on a door to the ward where Skripal is being treated for exposure to chemical agent Novichok, was the "only protection from this lethal substance", according to The Sun.

However, nowhere does the OPCW's report assign blame for the incident or even identify the source of the agent.

Police were called to the hospital where former double agent Sergei Skripal is being treated for exposure to a toxic nerve agent after a Russian TV news crew snuck in to film a report.

Britain has blamed Russian Federation for the attack while Moscow has denied any involvement.

"We will now work tirelessly with our partners to help stamp out the grotesque use of weapons of this kind and we have called a session of the OPCW Executive Council next Wednesday to discuss next steps".

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the Skripals were poisoned with Novichok, a deadly group of nerve agents developed by the Soviet military in the 1970s and 1980s.

The Novichok class of nerve agents was developed in the Soviet Union toward the end of the Cold War, and Britain says it has evidence Russian Federation has continued to manufacture Novichok agents in the last decade.

U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson quickly commented on the OPCW's report, saying that the results prove Britain's thesis on the matter. But it said it agreed with the UK's findings on the identity of the nerve agent. The purity makes it hard to tell when the agent was manufactured, since without impurities it does not degrade over time.

Britain says scientific analysis of the poison is only one of the factors that has led it to blame Russian Federation. "I too am still suffering with the effects of the nerve agent used against us".

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But the United Kingdom does not possess a scientific smoking gun - a sample of Novichok from a Russian lab to compare with the Salisbury samples.

"This is based on testing in four independent, highly reputable laboratories around the world".

Following the report's release, U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said there was no doubt Russian Federation was responsible for the attempted murder of Sergei and Yulia Skripals.

The Russian Embassy in the United Kingdom congratulated Ms Skripal on her release via Twitter, but said that Russia needs "urgent proof" that "what is being done to her is done on her own free will".

"I find myself in a totally different life than the ordinary one I left just over a month ago, and I am seeking to come to terms with my prospects, whilst also recovering from this attack on me", she said. The poison was also found in blood samples of Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

"I've been made conscious of my distinct contacts at the Russian Embassy who've kindly supplied me their support", Skripal, " a Russian citizen who was seeing her daddy at the palace town of Salisbury, stated in the statement.

Yulia Skripal's statementthat was distributed by London's Metropolitan Police, is essential because the Russian Embassy at London has criticized the British government rather than letting diplomatic workers to see the Skripals since they were contested.

"We have now discharged Yulia", Blanshard said.

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