Moscow envoy: Poisoning claims are ‘anti-Russian hysteria’

The leaders welcomed progress in the investigation, but urged those with more information to go to United Kingdom authorities.

At the UN Security Council a few hours later, where Britain laid out its findings, U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said everyone should be "chilled to the bone" by what happened.

A handout picture taken on Fisherton Road in Salisbury, west of London on March 4, 2018, and released by the British Metropolitan Police Service in London on Wednesday, shows Alexander Petrov (right) and Ruslan Boshirov, who are wanted by British police in connection with the nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

Later, she told the state news agency Interfax that the ministry demanded that the British supply Russian Federation with the fingerprints of the two men accused of the attempted murder of the Skripals.

Prime Minister Theresa May told lawmakers that British intelligence services have concluded the two men were officers of Russia's GRU military intelligence service.

Britain will brief the UN Security Council on Thursday on the arrest warrants it has issued for two Russian spies charged with carrying out a nerve agent attack on British soil.

In an update to the House of Commons, British Prime Minister Theresa May pointed the finger of blame directly at the Russian government.

Two Russian nationals have been named as suspects in the attempted murder this year of a former Russian spy and his daughter in southern England, according to a report.

It had been unclear how the pair came across the deadly nerve agent in Salisbury but the two cases have now been linked, the British media reported.

May began by outlining the "painstaking and methodical work" police work that identified the suspects, saying 25 detectives examined 11,000 hours of CCTV footage and took 1,400 statements.

British authorities and the global chemical weapons watchdog say the Skripals were exposed to Novichok, a type of military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union during the cold war.

Moscow strongly denies involvement in the attack, and Russian officials said they did not recognise the suspects.

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A composite image showing a fake perfume box and bottle that contained the nerve agent meant to poison former spy Sergei Skripal.

Britain has said it is not going to seek their extradition because Russian law does not allow for its nationals to be tried overseas.

They then returned to London and flew back to Moscow that evening from Heathrow Airport.

Russian officials have been vehemently denying the fresh accusations.

Speaking at an emotional news conference in Russia, Victoria Skripal said she was in touch with Skripal's daughter Yulia, but that the family had not heard from him for more than half a year.

Police released a series of images of the men as they travelled through London and Salisbury between March 2 and March 4.

Her partner, Charlie Rowley, was also stricken but survived. He was hospitalized and his girlfriend Dawn Sturgess, 44, died after being exposed to the contents.

Rowley tried to put the two parts of the bottle together at home on June 30, during which he got some of the poison on himself.

The charges announced on Wednesday relate to the first incident, but Mr Basu said officers continue to liaise with the CPS regarding the poisoning of Mr Rowley and Ms Sturgess.

"Mr Speaker, just as the police investigation has enabled the CPS to bring charges against the two suspects, so the security and intelligence agencies have carried their own investigations into the organisation behind this attack".

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

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