Experts haven't found 'precise source' of nerve agent used on spy

Russian Ambassador to UK claims Sergei Skripal was poisoned by British special services

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The location of manufacture "can be established through a number of different input sources which the Government has access to", he said, adding: "From our perspective, scientific evidence is only one of those sources, and it requires a number of other things to verify that".

Gary Aitkenhead Chief Executive of the Porton Down defence laboratory handling the case investigation said that analysts had identified it (nerve agent) as military-grade Novichok but they had not proved that it was made in Russian Federation as per news outlet France 24.

The British government insisted that several pieces of information contributed to its conclusion that the Russian government was responsible for the nerve agent attack, including intelligence that Russia had produced Novichok within the last decade and had investigated ways of delivering nerve agents for assassinations.

"It is our job to provide the scientific evidence of what this particular nerve agent is, we identified that it is from this particular family and that it is a military grade, but it is not our job to say where it was manufactured", Aitkenhead said.

Aitkenhead said Tuesday that the attack with a highly toxic Novichok nerve agent was "probably only within the capabilities of a state actor".

Asked to clarify, he said: "A real war, worse than a cold war is a real war, it will be the last war in the history of mankind".

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British officials have previously rejected similar Russian allegations.

Former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned four weeks ago in Salisbury.

Meanwhile, Russian president Vladimir Putin on Tuesday expressed hope that a meeting of the world's chemical weapons watchdog would put a "full stop" to the issue.

At Russia's request, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons plans to hold an emergency meeting on the case Wednesday at its headquarters in The Hague.

The meeting on April 4 - to be held behind closed doors - was called by Russian Federation to "address the situation around allegations of non-compliance" with the chemical weapons convention made by the United Kingdom against Moscow.

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The 'secret bank account' was disclosed by Sergei's niece Viktoria Skripal, 45, who aims this week to travel to meet Yulia in hospital in Salisbury.

Skripal, 66, a former Russian intelligence agent convicted of spying for Britain, remains in critical condition.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko called the poisoning a "provocation arranged by Britain" in order to justify high military spending because "they need a major enemy".

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He said that if Britain does not show evidence to back up its allegation, "there are ample grounds to assume that we are dealing with a grand scale provocation organized in London aimed to discredit Russian Federation".

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