Britain to brief United Nations council on charges against Russian spies

Metropolitan PoliceA surveillance image shows both suspects at Salisbury train station at 4:11

Metropolitan PoliceA surveillance image shows both suspects at Salisbury train station at 4:11

The apparent target of the attack, Sergei Skripal, had served in the GRU for about 15 years but betrayed the agency by selling secrets to MI6, Britain's foreign intelligence service. Det Sgt Nick Bailey fell ill responding to the incident in Salisbury.

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu of London's Metropolitan Police, Britain's top counter-terrorism officer, said the two men were believed to be in their 40s.

Prime Minister Theresa May told parliament the government had concluded they were officers in Russia's military intelligence service, the GRU.

Javid described the GRU as a "very well-disciplined organization" that would "only act with orders from the highest level of the Russian government".

May said the attack "was not a rogue operation" and was nearly certainly approved at a "senior level of the Russian state".

The case has been likened by British politicians to the murder of Russian dissident and former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned with a rare radioactive isotope in a London hotel in 2006.

Police say the men, both about 40, flew from Moscow to London two days before the Skripals were poisoned on March 4.

The Russian charge d'affaires in London was summoned to the Foreign Office to be told Britain wanted those responsible to be brought to justice.

The Kremlin reiterated Thursday that Russia was not involved in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Britain's Salisbury in March, rejecting Britain's latest accusation.

Russian officials have previously questioned why Russia would want to attack an ageing turncoat who was pardoned and swapped in a Kremlin-approved 2010 spy swap. "I don't understand why this was done and what sort of signal the British side is sending".

But, he said, "we will never give up".

It is unlikely that the two men will ever face trial in the United Kingdom since Russia and the U.K.do not have an extradition treaty, and the Russian government continues to deny the credibility of the British investigation. Looking at the seriousness in the matter, May has thus called an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council on Thursday and will ask world leaders to back Britain's stand against Russian Federation.

Mrs May said 250 detectives had trawled through 11,000 hours of CCTV and taken more than 1400 statements to come to their conclusion.

Former GRU officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were left critically ill after being exposed to the military grade nerve agent Novichok in Salisbury in March.

In a statement Wednesday, police said that tests by British chemical weapons experts found that the bottle contained a "significant amount" of novichok, and that the same batch had been used in both poisonings. They are also charged with illegal use and possession of a chemical weapon.

A European arrest warrant has been issued for the two Russians, British prosecutors said, but Britain will not ask Moscow to extradite them because Russia's constitution does not allow its citizens to be extradited.

Basu said the Skripals were making a good recovery.

One of them, 44-year-old mother of three Dawn Sturgess, died on July 8.

Novichok was found in a counterfeit perfume bottle that police found in Mr Rowley's house.

Theresa May said that the way the novichok was disguised as perfume suggested that the two suspects had used the bottle to smuggle the nerve agent into the country.

Prosecutors can not apply to Russian Federation for the men to be extradited because Russian Federation does not have extradition agreements with the UK.

"We know that Novichok was applied to the Skripals' front door in an area that is accessible to the public, which also endangered the lives of members of the public and emergency service responders", Basu said.

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