Porton Down could not verify source of Salisbury nerve agent

Russia's President Vladimir Putin left and Russian metals magnate Oleg Deripaska right walking to attend the APEC Business Advisory Council dialogue in Danang Vietnam. Mikhail Klimentyev Sputnik Kremlin Pool

"We're reviewing our options", said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, who charged that the attack on the Skripals violated an global chemical weapons ban.

The British government repeated its claim that Russia was responsible for the Salisbury poisoning after United Kingdom scientists said they were unable to determine where the substance used to attack former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia was made.

"We have not identified the precise source, but we have provided the scientific info to government who have then used a number of other sources to piece together the conclusions".

Asked about his scientists' findings, Mr Aitkenhead said: "We were able to identify it as Novichok, to identify it was a military-grade nerve agent".

Mr Aitkenhead added: "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".

Russia's envoy to the European Union says British accusations of Russian involvement in the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy could have been an attempt to distract public attention from Britain's troubled exit from the EU.

Aitkenhead said the British government had "other inputs" it could use to determine the origin of the nerve agent, some of them intelligence-based.

British officials have previously rejected similar Russian allegations.

Yulia Skripal was poisoned with a nerve agent just days after gaining access to a £150,000 'secret bank account' with proceeds from a house sale in Britain, it has emerged.

Britain blames Russian Federation for the March 4 attack on Skripal and his daughter Yulia, a claim Moscow fiercely denies.

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Britain blames Russian Federation for the pair's poisoning with a Soviet-developed nerve agent.

Mr Aitkenhead's comments come a day before a meeting of the global chemical weapons watchdog in The Hague to discuss the Salisbury attack.

US President Donald Trump defended his embrace of Vladimir Putin Tuesday, saying good relations were important but claiming no one had been tougher on Russian Federation. British authorities suspect Skripal was poisoned by a Soviet-made nerve agent.

"Okay, you expelled diplomats".

Former double agent Skripal, 66, remains critically ill following the March 4 attack, while his daughter, 33, is understood to be awake and talking.

Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko called Skripal's poisoning a "provocation arranged by Britain" in order to justify high military spending, because "they need a major enemy".

The fallout from the Salisbury attack could become "worse" than the cold war, retired Russian Federation general Evgeny Buzhinsky has claimed.

Asked to spell out what this would mean, he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "A real war, worse than a cold war is a real war, it will be the last war in the history of mankind".

"They have to be answered so far the only thing which is clear to us, that the British government made a decision to put the blame for the Salisbury incident on Russian Federation without presenting any evidence to that effect", he said.

When asked if there was any realistic possibility of triggering war, a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said: "We need to respond in a proportionate way to this aggressive behaviour from Russian Federation and that's what we're doing".

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