Yulia Skripal Has Snubbed Moscow's Help After The Nerve Agent Attack

Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia were poisoned

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Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is shifting the blame of the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter after claiming that the nerve agent used on the Skripal's could be in the arsenal of the U.S. and UK.

By 1993, when Russia signed the Chemical Weapons Convention, Sedwill said it was "likely" that some Novichoks had passed testing to allow their use by the Russian military.

"The programme subsequently included investigation of ways of delivering nerve agents, including by application to door handles".

The team "notes that the toxic chemical was of high purity", it added, lending support to Britain's claim that the nerve agent was manufactured with a degree of expertise and sophistication strongly indicating that a national government was responsible.

Testing by four laboratories affiliated with the global chemical weapons watchdog have confirmed British findings on the nerve agent used in March's attack on a former Russian spy in the United Kingdom, according to a summary of the findings published on Thursday.

The findings were welcomed by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who said they backed Britain's assertion that only Russian Federation could have carried out the attack in March.

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Yulia Skripal said Wednesday that she was discharged from the hospital this week after treatment for the poisoning, according to her statement issued by the Metropolitan Police in London.

It states it is "highly likely that Novichoks were developed to prevent detection by the West and to circumvent global chemical weapons controls".

He said: "We want to meet Yulia and we want proof that she is alright and is in good condition".

Skripal was a former Russian intelligence officer who acted as a double agent for MI6 and was caught, imprisoned, then pardoned and sent to Britain in a spy swap in 2010. "Within the last decade, Russian Federation has produced and stockpiled small quantities of Novichoks under the same programme", he said.

"If someone was spying, why were the British services not complaining about that?"

Yakovenko said he had not seen the letter.

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Russian Federation has strongly denied any involvement, and insists it has destroyed all of its chemical weapons.

Sergei Skripal remains seriously ill in hospital.

Mr Sedwill said Russian Federation further developed some Novichoks after ratifying the convention, and failed to report the activity.

"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.

A day earlier, Yulia Skripal, in a statement released on her behalf by Scotland Yard, declined what she called a "kindly" offer of assistance from the Russian Embassy in London.

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