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British police investigate Putin’s role in Skripal's case

According to the intelligence, Vladimir Putin likely approved the poisoning, although it still had to be proved
18:29, 7 August 2019

The Guardian

The Scotland Yard is investigating the Russian Federation President’s role in the chemical attack on the former military officer and his daughter in Salisbury, as The Guardian reports.

The newspaper reminds that according to the intelligence, the Russian state leader likely approved Skripals poisoning.

Head of UK counter-terrorism policing Neil Basu said the investigation was underway. He emphasized that firstl, Putin’s involving into the chemical attack should be proved.

“We are the police officers and we have to find the proof. There were a lot of speculations about who was responsible for it, who ordered it and all this information is based on the Russian experts’ knowledge. I have to work with the proves,” he said.

As we reported earlier, Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in British Salisbury in March 2018 but survived. The-then British PM Theresa May stated that Russia was responsible for that, and the investigation confirmed the use of the Novichok nerve agent produced in Russia. 

The Crown Prosecution Service of the UK called the names of the suspects in the poisoning of the ex-GRU officer Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia. The police suspect Russians Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. They are accused of the poisoning of Skripals, a police officer who participated in the investigation, and two UK citizens in Amesbury. 

The British authority reported there could be four more suspects in the Skripal case, apart from Aleksandr Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, whose names were revealed by the British counter-intelligence. 

One of the suspects of poisoning Sergey Skripal in British Salisbury, Russia's Ruslan Boshirov turned out to be Anatoliy Chepiga, the Colonel of the Main Intelligence Directorate of Russia (GRU)

Now, according to the European Union, four employees of the Russian military intelligence are responsible for the storage, transportation and use of the poisonous substance in Salisbury: Anatoly Chepiga, Alexander Mishkin, Igor Kostyukov and Vladimir Alekseev.

Related: May meets with Putin at G20 summit first time after Skripals poisoning

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