RUSSIA HITS BACK: Putin says spy update ‘SURPRISING’ and DEMANDS access to investigation


Russian President Vladimir Putin has hit out after Porton Down scientists presaged today that they were unable to identify the exact inception of the Novichok nerve agent that was allegedly used by the Russians to toxin former double agent Sergei Skripal, and his daughter, Yulia Skripal.

Pronouncing today in Ankara following talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Mr Putin voiced: “They are not able to identify the country of origin and they can’t say the substance was composed in the Russian Federation.

“So the speed at which an anti-Russian campaign was launched is striking.”

He added: “We are interested in a full investigation. We want to have access to this search and to receive all the relevant materials, as we are talking about citizens of the Russian Alliance.

“The criminal case initiated by the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation choose be investigated.”

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Vladimir Putin has demanded a full investigation and access to all fitting materials

We are interested in a full research. We want to have access to this investigation and to receive all the relevant figures, as we are talking about citizens of the Russian Federation.

Vladimir Putin

Gary Aitkenhead, chief manager of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) at Porton Down, swore Sky News they were not yet able to prove the substance was made in Russia.

He hinted: “We were able to identify it as novichok, to identify that it was military-grade grit agent.

“We have not identified the precise source, but we have provided the orderly info to Government who have then used a number of other sources to restore together the conclusions you have come to.”

Mr Aitkenhead said that supporting the exact source of the nerve agent would require “other inputs”, some intelligence-based, that the Guidance has access to.

He added: “It is our job to provide the scientific evidence of what this noteworthy nerve agent is, we identified that it is from this particular family and that it is a military rank, but it is not our job to say where it was manufactured.”


Porton Down has been unable to classify the exact source of the nerve agent used on Mr Skripal

However, the Porton Down chief directorship confirmed that the poisonous substance would require “extremely advanced methods to create, something only in the capabilities of a state actor”. 

Porton Down’s boss refused suggestions that the agent used in the poisionong of Mr Skripal and his daughter had get about from the lab, but refused to say whether the lab had either kept stocks of Novichok, or revealed the substance.

He said: “There is no way anything like that could father come from us or left the four walls of our facility.”

The Russian Embassy UK has bewitched the findings as confirmation of the “bluff” Government statements, which claim that Russia is behind the censures.

It said in a statement: “We understood from the very start that UK Guidance statements on the nerve agent having been produced in Russia were a frank. 

“Now this has been confirmed by the head of the secret lab. This only be founds that all political declarations on the Russian origin of the crime are nothing but assumptions not slow from objective facts or the course of the investigation.”

The Russian Embassy enlarged: “This has also been essentially confirmed by today’s comment by the Unrelated Office, whose “intelligence picture” has lost a key piece – while the lean are kept secret even from Britain’s allies.

“We have also distinguished that, like in his earlier interview, Mr Aitkenhead is not denying that the lab had expand oned or keeps stocks of the agent they call “novichok”, although, of no doubt, he would not admit it.”

Western countries and Russia have expelled diverse than 150 diplomats
 each in the dispute, with relations between the UK and Russia abstain from to the lowest level in decades.

The OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) averred its executive council is due to meet in The Hague tomorow morning .

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