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Putin rejects spy attack claims as chemical weapons experts head to UK

Putin rejects spy attack claims as chemical weapons experts head to UK”

"We have destroyed all chemical weapons", he added, rejecting Britain's claim that only Moscow could be behind the nerve agent attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

The United Kingdom accused Russian Federation of developing and stockpiling nerve agents for a decade, after Moscow suggested that a British laboratory may have been the source of the substance used to poison a former spy and his daughter.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday dismissed British accusations of Russia's involvement in an ex-spy's poisoning as "nonsense", but added that Moscow is ready to cooperate with London in the investigation.

Britain and Russian Federation have each expelled 23 diplomats and taken other measures in the escalating tit-for-tat dispute.

"Russia has stopped production of any chemical agents back in 1992", he told Mr Marr, the day after Moscow expelled 23 British diplomats in a tit-for-tat measure.

The row comes as Russian Federation heads to the polls in the country's presidential election.

Vladimir Chizhov told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show that Russian Federation had "nothing to do" with the incident.

Novichok is a Soviet-designed military grade nerve agent used to poison Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, the UK Government says.

"Today Russia stands alone and isolated".

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Skripal, a former colonel in Russian military intelligence who betrayed dozens of Russian agents to Britain, and his daughter are fighting for their lives after they were found collapsed on a bench in the city of Salisbury two weeks ago.

Mr Johnson called the accusation "satirical", adding it was "not the response of a country that really believes itself it to be innocent".

Mr Johnson said: "He let down his party and country by seemingly aiding the efforts of the Russian propaganda machine by casting doubt over what is obvious to any objective onlooker".

Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain announced the following week that the poison used in the attack was Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent developed by Soviet scientists for use on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops.

Speaking at the Conservative Spring Forum, Mrs May said the Government had "anticipated" a similar response to her action earlier this week to expel 23 Russian diplomats from London. "To the best of our knowledge, this is a Russian-made nerve agent that falls within the category of Novichok, made only by Russia". Though one of the scientists who developed the nerve agent, Vil Mirzayanov, published its chemical structure and now lives in the United States, it is extremely risky to manufacture. "I'm not saying we should stop all Russian children from studying in London, but certainly those of corrupt officials and oligarchs".

Counter-terrorism police who are carrying out the investigation into the poisoning have renewed their appeal for sightings of Mr Skripal's burgundy BMW 320D saloon vehicle, registration HD09 WAO, in Salisbury on the morning and early afternoon of the Sunday, March 4, attack.

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said: "We are learning more about Sergei and Yulia's movements but we need to be clearer around their exact movements on the morning of the incident".

Skripal and his daughter may have been exposed to the nerve agent used in their attempted assassination through his vehicle ventilation system, intelligence sources told the United States television channel ABC news.

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