Britain charged two alleged Russian military intelligence officers with the nerve agent poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury, officials said Wednesday, though authorities held out little hope of being able to bring them to justice.
His comments to the BBC went further than the five-country statement and prime minister Theresa May who on Wednesday told lawmakers that the murder attempt was approved at a "senior level" of the Russian state.
After the attack in March, Britain and its allies expelled dozens of Russian diplomats, prompting Moscow to respond in kind, while the USA later introduced sanctions in relation to the incident.
On Wednesday Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova questioned the authenticity of CCTV photographs which the United Kingdom police released of the suspects, implying it was suspicious that the time on the photographs was identical.
"We will not be applying to Russia for the extradition of these men as the Russian constitution does not permit extradition of its own nationals".
US Ambassador Nikki Haley said everyone should be "chilled to the bone" with the findings. He was freed in a 2010 spy swap and settled in the UK.
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British police have released a series of photos from surveillance cameras of two suspects by the Russians, who are considered perpetrators of the poisoning of Yulia and Sergei Skripal in Salisbury. They spent two nights in an east London hotel, making two day trips to Salisbury, the first for reconnaissance, the second to kill Skripal.
The Russians are charged with conspiracy to murder Sergei Skripal and the attempted murder of Skripal, his daughter and Nick Bailey, a police officer who was taken ill while attending to the Skripals.
Investigators determined they were sickened by a Soviet-designed nerve agent called Novichok.
The attack sparked months of investigations by police officers and intelligence agencies.
Officials announced charges against two alleged Russian Federation agents, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, but said they were likely to be aliases and released the photographs in an attempt to uncover their true identities.
Assistant Police Commissioner Neil Basu said the men were probably using aliases.
Police also released an image of a counterfeit perfume bottle after tests found it contained a "significant amount" of Novichok.
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While traces of Novichok were found in the London hotel room the suspects used, there is no risk to other guests who were staying at the hotel at the time, the Met Police said.
A British man, Charlie Rowley, picked up the bottle and gave it as a gift to his girlfriend, Dawn Sturgess.
Dawn Sturgess, 44, became an indirect casualty of the poisoning and she died after she touched the poisoned item with her hand.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons confirmed Tuesday that Mr. Rowley and Ms. Sturgess were also exposed to Novichok.
Rowley tried to put the two parts of the bottle together at home on June 30, during which he got some of the poison on himself.
Security minister Ben Wallace said Mr Putin bore ultimate responsibility for the action of his intelligence agents.
The Sun reports that the 45-year-old Rowley is now totally blind and has lost the use of his limbs after being diagnosed with meningitis just weeks after he survived the attack.
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"This is a message to the Russian intelligence community and spy community that you do not sell out Putin to the West or there are going to be serious consequences", he said.