UK calls Security Council talks on poison case

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The announcement came amid charges by London against two Russian citizens, suspected of poisoning with nerve substance "Beginner" Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia in Salisbury.

Moscow has denied involvement in the poisonings since the beginning of the case and the issue reared up again on Wednesday when Britain said it had identified two alleged agents of Russia's GRU military intelligence service as suspects.

Javid described the GRU as a "very well-disciplined organization" that would "only act with orders from the highest level of the Russian government".

Asked whether President Putin bears responsibility, Ben Wallace told BBC radio: "Ultimately he does in so far as he is the president of the Russian Federation and it is his government that controls, funds and directs the military intelligence".

Two days later, police say they sprayed the nerve agent, Novichok, on the front door of Mr Skripal's home in the Wiltshire city of Salisbury, before travelling home to Russian Federation later that day.

Mr Trump's endorsement of the message followed claims that he was "reluctant" to expel 60 Russian diplomats in the aftermath of the Salisbury attack.

Moscow has repeatedly denied claims that Russian Federation was behind the attempted assassination in March.

Britain has also called a meeting of the United Nations Security Council - of which Russian Federation is a permanent member - for Thursday.

The footage of the pair in Salisbury was reportedly filmed minutes after they allegedly smeared novichok on the front door of Mr Skripal's house on 4 March.

Security agencies could also seek the expulsion of foreign intelligence officers if their activity is deemed to be especially intrusive or threatens real damage to United Kingdom interests.

The CPS said it was not applying for Russia to extradite the two men after Moscow had made it clear it would not surrender its own nationals in other cases - an apparent reference to the failure of attempts to prosecute the two men accused of murdering former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006.

Dawn Sturgess, 44, became an indirect casualty of the poisoning and she died after she touched the poisoned item with her hand.

The two Russian nationals are believed to have been traveling under aliases, although they had genuine Russian passports with the identities of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov.

"As we made clear in March, only Russian Federation had the technical means, operational experience and motive to carry out the attack", said May in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

"They left Salisbury and returned to Waterloo arriving at approximately 4.45pm and boarded the underground at approximately 6.30pm to Heathrow - from where they returned to Moscow on flight SU2585, departing at 10.30pm".

The charges announced yesterday relate to the first incident, but Basu said officers continue to liaise with the CPS regarding the poisoning of Rowley and Sturgess.

The Crown Prosecution Service announced Wednesday, Sept. 5, that it will not be applying to Russian Federation for the extradition of the two men, but a European Arrest Warrant has been obtained.

Inconspicuously labeled as "Nina Ricci Premier Jour" and bearing the words "Made in France", the bottle had been specially created to be leakproof and had a custom applicator, UK Metropolitan police said.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova says the names of the men and their photos "say nothing to us".