United Kingdom appears to be 'destroying' evidence in Skripal case - Russian envoy

Britain Has Set Out Its Most Detailed Explanation Yet For Why It Believes Russia Is Responsible For The Salisbury Poisoning

"Mr. Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russian Federation", specifically from the Novichok group, British Prime Minister Theresa May said after the incident, based on an assessment by British experts. "We didn't see any signs, any applications from the British side that they are not happy with the way Skripals were living in Salisbury".

Russia is now insinuating that Yulia Skripal - daughter of former Russian spy Sergei who has survived a nerve agent attack - has been abducted by the United Kingdom in order to blame the Kremlin for her poisoning, according to reports.

Sedwill's letter to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief detailed the grounds on which British authorities hold Russian Federation responsible of a suspected nerve agent attack targeting Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury six weeks ago. British Prime Minister Theresa May has said it is highly likely that Moscow was behind the attack.

Nevertheless, the attack has prompted the biggest Western expulsion of Russian diplomats since the Cold War, with the UK's allies in Europe and North America concurring that Moscow was either responsible for the attack or had lost control of the nerve agent.

Among the techniques they had investigated for delivering nerve agents was applying them to door handles, he said.

"British persistence in the use of the Russian word "Novichok" is an attempt to artificially connect the substance with Russia", the report says.

Ms Skripal, 33, was released from the hospital this week but her father remains there.

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Yulia Skripal earlier this week was discharged after more than a month of hospital treatment following the attack.

"There is no plausible alternative explanation", he added.

In a letter to Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Sir Mark also said that in the 2000s the Russians had begun a programme to train personnel from "special units" in the use of chemical warfare agents.

Sir Mark said: "There is no plausible alternative explanation", adding that Russian Federation had continued to produce and stockpile small quantities of Novichok within the last decade. He said it was highly unlikely that any former Soviet republic besides Russian Federation pursued an offensive chemical weapons program.

In a statement released by London's Metropolitan Police, Yulia Skripal said the embassy had offered assistance but "at the moment, I do not wish to avail myself of their services".

Regarding the Skripals themselves, Sedwill claims that email accounts belonging to Yulia Skripal were targeted by Russian intelligence agents in 2013, "indicating Russian intelligence service interest in the Skripals".

"We have every reason to believe this could be a question of the deliberate, forcible detention of a Russian citizen or possibly their coercion into a staged announcement", foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said. According to him, when spinning the Skripal saga, British officials "are deliberately seeking to slander Russian Federation by any means necessary.".

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