An explosive United Kingdom intelligence dossier made public Friday claims Russian Federation tested the use of door handles as a way to infect people with nerve agents before an ex-spy and his daughter were poisoned exactly that way last month. "We didn't see any signs, any applications from the British side that they are not happy with the way Skripals were living in Salisbury". Britain has blamed Russian Federation for the attempted murder - a charge that Moscow fiercely denies.
The claims come after the worldwide Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons backed Britain's assertion the Skripals were poisoned by Novichok.
Mr. Sedwill's letter lays out further British intelligence on Russia's chemical weapons programs, reporting that the Novichok agents, a strain referred to in Russian Federation as Foliant, were developed at the State Institute for Organic Chemistry and Technology at Shikhany, a small town on the Volga river, in southern Russian Federation.
"It is highly likely that Novichoks were developed to prevent detection by the West and to circumvent worldwide chemical weapons controls", he said.
"It is highly likely that Novichoks were developed to prevent detection by the West and to circumvent global chemical weapons controls", he said.
He said that after the Soviet Union collapsed, Russian Federation signed the Chemical Weapons Convention without reporting its ongoing work on Novichoks.
Sedwill said Moscow had a proven record of state-sponsored assassinations and had tested ways of delivering chemical weapons, including the use of door handles to spread nerve agents, as Britain believes was done in the Skripal case.
"It is highly likely that the Russian intelligence services view at least some of its defectors as legitimate targets for assassination", he said.
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Regarding the Skripals themselves, Sedwill claims that email accounts belonging to Yulia Skripal were targeted by Russian intelligence agents in 2013, "indicating Russian intelligence service interest in the Skripals".
In a news conference Friday afternoon, the Russian ambassador to Britain, Aleksandr V. Yakovenko, dismissed the letter and "all these allegations" surrounding the nerve agent attack as having "nothing to do with reality".
Sir Mark said: "There is no plausible alternative explanation", adding that Russian Federation had continued to produce and stockpile small quantities of Novichok within the last decade.
Skripal, 66, and his daughter, 33, were admitted to a hospital after being found unconscious on a public bench on March 4.
This is an image of the daughter of former Russian Spy Sergei Skripal, Yulia Skripal taken from Yulia Skipal's Facebook account on Tuesday March 6, 2018.
Theresa May, the British prime minister, has said the Skripals were attacked with one of the Novichok group of poisons, which had been developed by the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 80s.
Calling on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to take action, he concluded: "I know that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation will remain seized of the need to confront the increasingly aggressive pattern of Russian Federation behaviour of which the attack in Salisbury was an acute and recent example".