Russian Federation nerve agent tested BEFORE Skripal attack, damning dossier claims

Yulia Skripal was poisoned with a nerve agent in England last month

It published the odd allegations in an 8,000-word report on the incident after the Kremlin was accused of using a military grade nerve agent in Salisbury, on March 4.

Russian Federation denies the British claims about Novichok, saying that it completed the destruction of all its Soviet-era chemical weapons arsenals previous year under global oversight.

The report concluded: 'The situation around the Skripals looks more and more like a forcible detention or imprisonment'.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson hailed the findings, and said "only Russia" could have been behind the attack.

However, the OPCW did not explicitly name Novichok in its published summary, nor did it say where the chemical may have come from.

'The Russian state has previously produced Novichoks and would still be capable of doing so'.

"This program subsequently included investigation of ways of delivering nerve agents, including by application to door handles", he wrote, according to the Guardian.

In a letter to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation secretary general Jens Stoltenberg on Friday, Sedwill said: "We therefore continue to judge that only Russia has the technical means, operational experience and motive for the attack on the Skripals and that it is highly likely that the Russian state was responsible".

He also complained at the continued refusal of the British authorities to grant consular access to Ms Skripal following her discharge from hospital.

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He then claimed Russian Federation saw at least some of its defectors as legitimate targets for assassination, suggesting Skripal could be among them.

Turning to how exactly nerve agents are used by Russia, Sedwill said: "During the 2000s, Russia commenced a programme to test means of delivering chemical warfare agents and to train personnel from special units in the use of these weapons".

By 1993, when Russia signed the Chemical Weapons Convention, Sedwill said it was "likely" that some Novichoks had passed testing to allow their use by the Russian military.

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".

He said, based on British intelligence, that Russian Federation had developed a next generation nerve-agent group called Novichok and stockpiled small amounts of the agent within the last decade.

Lavrov said the report does nothing to back the British allegations that Moscow was behind the attack. Her father remains in the hospital but British health officials say he is improving.

Mr Lavrov said the report only confirmed the composition of the substance and that Britain's claim that it confirmed the United Kingdom position on the Skripal case was overstated.

The letter comes as British officials try to consolidate European support for united actions against Russian Federation.

Separately on Friday, Russia's ambassador to Britain said he was concerned the British government was trying to get rid of evidence related to the case. Lavrov said Friday Russian experts inspected the site of the alleged attack in the town of Douma and found no trace of chemical weapons.

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