Friday, October 15, 2021

UK charged with third Russian over nerve agent attack in Salisbury

British police said on Tuesday that a third Russian had been charged in connection with the 2018 Novichok attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal in the English city of Salisbury.

Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a public bench in Salisbury in March 2018. He and police officer Nick Bailey, who had visited his home, became seriously ill in the hospital from exposure to a military-grade nerve agent.

A woman later also died of Novichok’s poisoning when her partner found a fake perfume bottle that police believe was used to smuggle poison into the country.

In September 2018, two Russian nationals—Alexander Mishkin and Anatoly Chepiga—were charged with conspiracy to murder Skripal and attempted murder of Yulia and Bely.

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov in the image handed over by the police
Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, who have been charged with the attempted murder of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, in an image handed over by police in London on September 5, 2018. (Metropolitan Police handout/file photo via Reuters)

Britain’s counter-terrorism police confirmed on Tuesday that a third Russian—Denis Sergeev, who used the nickname “Sergei Fedotov” while in Britain—was charged in connection with the case.

UK police said they found that Sergeev, like the previous two suspects, is a member of the GRU, the Russian military intelligence service.

Addressing the House of Commons, Home Secretary Priti Patel condemned the “horrific” attack, which she said shook the entire nation and “united our allies in condemnation.”

“If any of these individuals ever leave Russia, we will work with our international partners and take all possible steps to detain and extradite them to face justice,” she said.

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Patel said the UK parliament had “deep differences with Russia” on a range of issues, such as annexation of Crimea and the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

“While such attacks are uncommon, this is not the first time Russia has openly attacked Britain,” she said.

Also on Tuesday, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) found that the Russian state was responsible for the 2006 poisoning of ex-KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko in London.

Litvinenko, who had become an outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin and had moved to Britain, died after adding polonium-210, a rare radioactive substance, to his drink.

Patel said the UK government would “continue to take strong steps to counter the threat posed by the Russian state.”

Speaking to Sky News after the allegations were announced, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he believed “all suspects should be handed over to justice.”

He said Russia has already paid a “heavy price” for the poison, which has resulted in the expulsion of Russian diplomats from several Western countries.

“They should understand that our sense of justice should not be taken away,” he said.

PA and Reuters contributed to this report.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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