Russian spy: Source of nerve agent 'not identified'

Mr Skripal had asked his daughter to bring it back from Moscow when she returned the day before the nerve agent attack on March 4 but she forgot and asked a friend to buy it instead

More than 100 Russian diplomats have been expelled form western countries from across the globe in response the United Kingdom accusing Russia for being responsible for a military grade nerve-agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

"We were able to identify it as Novichok, to identify that it was military-grade nerve agent", Gary Aitkenhead, chief executive of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down in England, told Sky News.

"It's a military grade nerve agent which requires extremely sophisticated methods in order to create - something that's probably only within the capabilities of a state actor". "We're reviewing our options", said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, who charged that the attack on the Skripals violated an worldwide chemical weapons ban.

He added: "It is our job to provide the scientific evidence of what this particular nerve agent is".

Moscow has denied any involvement in the incident.

Aitkenhead said the British government had "other inputs" it could use to determine the origin of the nerve agent, some of them intelligence-based.

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"It is our assessment that Russian Federation was responsible for this brazen and reckless act and, as the global community agrees, there is no other plausible explanation", the spokesperson said.

British military scientists identified the nerve agent used to poison ex-spy Sergei Skripal was Novichok, but have not verified where exactly it was made.

Putin said there were 20 countries that could manufacture the nerve agent, adding he was "surprised at the speed with which the anti-Russian campaign was promoted and accelerated".

"Russia is interested in establishing the whole truth of the matter", he said.

Military personnel investigating the Skripal attack wear protective suits in Salisbury on March 11, 2018. Russian officials are seeking to visit her in hospital.

Russian Federation has denied responsibility for the poisoning, and condemned the U.S. and U.K.'s responses to the attack.

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His comments come a day before an extraordinary meeting - called by Russian Federation - with the world's chemical weapons watchdog, the executive council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

He says there is "no way" the nerve agent could have come from the high-security Porton Down facility.

"We hope to discuss the whole matter and call on Britain to provide every possible element of evidence they might have in their hands", said the Russian ambassador to Ireland, Yury Filatov.

Sergei Skripal, a former Russian intelligence agent convicted of spying for Britain, and his daughter were found unconscious and critically ill in the English cathedral city of Salisbury a month ago.

The State Department says that a number of Russian diplomats expelled from a Russian consulate in Washington state could be replaced by other Russian officials, noting that the same is true for a number of American officials recently expelled from a consulate in St. Petersberg.

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