Britain official: Russian Federation spied on Yulia Skripal's emails for 5 years

Bryan Strickland
April 14, 2018

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.

In a letter made public Friday, British National Security Adviser Mark Sedwill said that Russian intelligence agencies have been spying on Sergei and Yulia Skripal for at least five years.

Sedwill said "only Russian Federation has the technical means, operational means and the motive" to carry out such an attack.

Among the techniques they had investigated for delivering nerve agents was applying them to door handles, he said.

The Foreign Ministry says that it is Russia's response to Georgia's previous decision over the Skripal case.

The Skripals were found unconscious on March 4 in the southern English city of Salisbury on March 4.

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He wrote: 'It is highly likely that Novichoks were developed to prevent detection by the West and to circumvent global chemical weapons controls.

The claims come after the global Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons backed Britain's assertion the Skripals were poisoned by Novichok - a military grade nerve agent developed by the Russians in the 1980s.

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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. He reiterated Russia's dismay over the British government's refusal to allow Russian diplomats access to Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who was also poisoned, saying that from Moscow's point of view, the two Russian nationals appear to have been abducted by the British authorities.

Russia has "a proven record of conducting state-sponsored assassination", Sedwill wrote, citing as an example the 2006 poisoning death in London of Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian spy.

He added: "During the 2000s, Russian Federation commenced a programme to test means of delivering chemical warfare agents and to train personnel from special units in the use of these weapons".

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.

"We didn't produce Novichok, we didn't store this Novichok, so-called under the Western classification, was never in our military forces".

Yakovenko said he had not seen the letter.

Yulia was discharged from Salisbury District Hospital this week while her father remains in the hospital.

"We can not be sure that Yulia's refusal to see us is genuine".

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