Lavrov says spy poisoning could be 'in interests' of UK gov't

Investigators now believe the Novichok attack happened at his home in Salisbury as detailed forensic testing revealed the highest concentration of Novichok was found on the front door

'You expel diplomats, we expel diplomats, you further expel, what's the next step? British and USA officials are sceptical that independent actors could have carried out such a risky operation or obtained the agent without approval at the highest levels of the Russian government.

"As always/As with similar incidents in the past, the Russian government remains free to request accreditation for vacant positions in its bilateral mission", the spokesman added.

Mr Aitkenhead added: "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".

Of Yulia's current condition, she said: 'The only thing I discovered from our (Russian) diplomats is that Yulia has opened her eyes, can eat, drink and has even said a few words'.

Russian officials and state television have in turn come up with several different theories to explain the poisoning.

"The United States is saying the pressure will continue".

His comments came as he hosted leaders from the three Baltic states - which have had a torrid history with their larger neighbor Russian Federation.

He argued that experts have said that such nerve agents could have been made in some 20 countries.

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Aitkenhead told Sky News the attack with a highly toxic chemical weapon was "probably only within the capabilities of a state actor".

On what the issue meant for the relationship between Ireland and Russia, Mr Filatov said he did not think it was really "a huge story".

When asked how the dispute would lead to a real war, Mr Buzhinsky accused the United Kingdom of not wanting to discuss the Salisbury attack.

A top Russian diplomat says the nerve agent poisoning of a former Russian spy may have been arranged by Britain to justify military spending.

Buzhinsky said that Britain and Russian Federation were heading for "a real war".

The poisonings of the Skripal in Salisbury, England has sparked a crisis in relations between Russian Federation and the West, producing a wave of diplomatic expulsions unseen even at the height of the Cold War.

Sergei Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia Skripal are believed to have been exposed to the deadly nerve agent Novichok in their home town of Salisbury. Moscow vehemently denies its responsibility. The expulsion of Russian diplomats from a number of Western countries is a huge geopolitical provocation, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko told the Rossiya 24 TV channel on the sidelines of the Valdai International Discussion Club's session on Tuesday.

On March 26, in the wake of the Skripal incident, a number of European Union member countries, the United States, Canada and Australia announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats.

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