Britain charges 2 Russians over Novichok poisoning

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British Prime Minister Theresa May, speaking Thursday in parliament after the police announced the charges, said it was "not a rogue operation", and that based on the evidence gathered, United Kingdom authorities believe the two suspects are operatives of the Russian military intelligence service known as the GRU.

Mr Corbyn was the only party leader responding to Mrs May's Commons statement to fail also to condemn the Russian state.

Investigators allege that Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were the perpetrators of the attack on the Russian defector, his daughter Yulia, and a police officer who attempted to assist them.

Police had earlier said that the men, both about 40, flew from Moscow to London on Russian passports two days before the Skripals were poisoned on March 4. British investigators later found traces of Novichok in the hotel room where the men stayed, but police said the levels were not unsafe.

A European arrest warrant has been issued for them, but prosecutors said Britain would not ask Moscow to extradite Russian citizens because Russia's constitution forbids it.

Police believe Ms Sturgess and Mr Rowley were not deliberately targeted, but were in fact victims of recklessness in how the nerve agent was disposed of after the attempted assassination of Mr Skirpal.

A British woman, Dawn Sturgess, subsequently died in July after coming into contact with the same nerve agent used against the Skripals. Hours after their final visit, they took a late-night flight back to Moscow on March 4.

They said the pair had previously travelled to Britain under these identities and had legitimate reasons for their visas, though did not say what type of visa they had. Police say the nerve agent was smuggled into the country in a perfume bottle.

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Moscow has so far denied all Russian involvement in the Novichok poisonings. The current charges relate to his and the Skripals' case. A mother of three, she had sprayed the contents of the bottle - which had been found by her partner, Charlie Rowley, in a charity bin in Salisbury - onto her wrists, police said. The result, he said, was "a flawless cover for smuggling the weapon into the country, and a ideal delivery method for the attack against the Skripal's front door".

"Australia shares the UK's anger and outrage at this unsafe and deliberate act by Russian Federation, which also puts at risk the British public, police and other first responders", Mr Morrison said in a statement on Thursday.

On April 3 the British military facility analysing the nerve agent - which appears to have been put on the door of Skripal's home - says it has "not verified the precise source" of the substance.

Russia's Foreign Ministry said Thursday, after the charges were announced, that the two names given by the British authorities, "do not mean anything to us", according to Russian state-run news agency RIA. "We continue to liaise with the Crown Prosecution Service regarding the poisoning of Dawn and Charlie", Basu said.

Traces of Novichok, below levels which would cause public health concern, were later found in their room.

The U.S. last month imposed sanctions on Russian Federation, including on electronics, lasers and some oil and gas production technologies, after concluding it was behind the attack on the Skripals.

Police said they had spoken with Nina Ricci and confirmed the bottle and box were fake and say members of the public who have bought the perfume have no need to worry.

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