Russia calls new U.S. sanctions draconian, rejects poisoning allegations

Russia calls new U.S. sanctions draconian, rejects poisoning allegationsRussia’s embassy in the United States on Thursday called new U.S. sanctions draconian and said the reason for the new restrictions — allegations it poisoned a former spy and his daughter in Britain — were far-fetched. The United States on Wednesday announced it would impose fresh sanctions on Russia after Washington determined Moscow had used a nerve agent against a former Russian double agent, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter, Yulia, in Britain. Russia has repeatedly denied responsibility for the attack, and Russia’s embassy in Washington said in a statement that Washington’s findings against it in the case were not backed by evidence.


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UK police identify suspects in Novichok poisoning case, source says

  1. UK police identify suspects in Novichok poisoning case, source says  CNN
  2. Cops reportedly identify suspects in UK Russian ex-spy novichok poisoning  CBS News
  3. Britain has reportedly identified Russians suspected of Skripal nerve attack  CNBC
  4. Salisbury novichok attack: Police ‘identify several Russian suspects’ in attempted murder of Skripals  The Independent
  5. ‘Several Russians’ behind Salisbury poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal  The Times
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Cops reportedly identify suspects in UK Russian ex-spy novichok poisoning

  1. Cops reportedly identify suspects in UK Russian ex-spy novichok poisoning  CBS News
  2. The suspects who poisoned ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal have reportedly been identified by police  Business Insider
  3. UK police likely know spy attack suspects  Yahoo News
  4. Novichok poisoning: police ‘identify’ Skripal suspects – reports  The Guardian
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UK Poisoning Inquiry Turns to Russian Agency in Mueller Indictments

  1. UK Poisoning Inquiry Turns to Russian Agency in Mueller Indictments  New York Times
  2. NYT: Russian intel agency named in Mueller indictment suspected in UK poisonings  CNN
  3. New Mueller Indictment: 12 Russian Intel Officers Accused of Hacking DNC, Clinton Campaign  NBC Southern California
  4. Russian Agency at Center of US Hacking Indictment Has Long Operated in the Shadows  Wall Street Journal
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UK police say bottle was source of pair's Novichok poisoning

  1. UK police say bottle was source of pair’s Novichok poisoning  ABC News
  2. ‘Small Bottle’ of Novichok Found by Police in UK Victim’s Home  New York Times
  3. British police determine source of nerve agent that poisoned couple  NBCNews.com
  4. Amesbury novichok incident: Police find source of nerve agent in ‘small bottle’ inside victim Charlie Rowley’s home  The Independent
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Police find source of Novichok poisoning in victim's house

Police find source of Novichok poisoning in victim's housePolice have located the source of the Novichok nerve agent responsible for poisoning two people in Salisbury last month. Counter terrorism investigators recovered a small glass bottle from the home of victim, Charlie Rowley, which has tested positive for the deadly chemical. Further tests on the bottle and its contents are now being carried out, but it is hoped it could also provide crucial evidence to prove who attacked former Russian double agent, Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in March. Dawn Sturgess, 44, from Durrington, Wiltshire died in hospital on Sunday evening after being exposed to the nerve agent the previous weekend. Her partner, Charlie Rowley, 45, was also taken to hospital critically ill, but has since regained consciousness and has been interviewed by police. It is thought Mr Rowley was able to help detectives when he emerged from his coma as to the whereabouts of the source of the contamination. Salisbury three way split Detailed examination of the bottle and its contents will now take place as part of the murder investigation that was launched following the death of Ms Sturgess. Police have also expressed their determination to track down those who carried out the assassination attempt on Mr Skripal, although the blame has been laid firmly at the door of the Russian state. A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “On Wednesday, 11 July, a small bottle was recovered during searches of Charlie Rowley’s house in Amesbury. It was taken to the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) at Porton Down, Wiltshire, for tests. “Following those tests, scientists have now confirmed to us that the substance contained within the bottle is Novichok. Further scientific tests will be carried out to try and establish whether it is from the same batch that contaminated Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March – this remains a main line of enquiry for police. “Inquiries are under way to establish where the bottle came from and how it came to be in Charlie’s house.” Large parts of Salisbury will remain cordoned off Credit: AFP Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, Head of UK Counter Terrorism Policing, said: “This is clearly a significant and positive development. However, we cannot guarantee that there isn’t any more of the substance left and cordons will remain in place for some considerable time. “This is to allow thorough searches to continue as a precautionary measure for public safety and to assist the investigation team. “I also appreciate there is a lot of interest in this; however, we are not in a position to disclose any further details regarding the bottle at this stage. “The safety of the public and our officers remains paramount and we are continuing to work closely with Wiltshire Police, scientists, health experts from Public Health England and other partners.” Wiltshire Chief Constable, Kier Pritchard, described the development as “significant and encouraging”, but urged locals to remain vigilant and not to pick up any litter that they had not dropped themselves.” He said: “It’s a highly precautionary measure and the overall risk to the public is low but their advice is simple – ‘If you didn’t drop it, don’t pick it up’. This is particularly important as we move into the school holidays.” Meanwhile a father of two from north Wales was questioned over the Novichok poisonings after detectives found suspicious chemicals in his shed. David James, 36, was held in custody for nine hours after officers discovered dozens of test tubes and laboratory equipment during a search of his home. But it turned out the chemicals were harmless ingredients he was using to make soap in order to get his daughters interested in science.  


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