British police release new video of suspects in Salisbury poisoning
The authorities say they cannot accurately establish the chronology of events
The British Police’s Anti-Terrorism Unit has asked residents to share more information about the chemical attack that nearly killed Russian-born double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter two years ago.
This is the first official statement in ten months regarding one of the biggest irritants in relations between the UK and Russia..
Britain accused two Russian intelligence officers of the attack, who allegedly entered the country with false passports and poisoned Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury.
Russia denies these allegations.
The Skripals spent several days in a coma, but survived, but local resident Don Sturgess passed away after picking up a discarded perfume bottle that was allegedly used to store the poison..
Her partner Charlie Rowley spent several weeks in the hospital.. In addition, the policeman received a non-lethal dose of the chemical agent Novichok, developed in the USSR..
The incident led to the largest-ever mutual expulsion of diplomats between Western powers and Russia.
UK anti-terrorism police said Sunday evening that two Russians who came to the UK under the names Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov are still wanted.
But the cops say they can’t piece together the entire timeline of the attack..
“We reiterate our call on anyone with information that they have not yet released to the police to do so,” the statement said. “In particular, we really want to listen to people who saw the box or bottle of fake Nina Ricci perfume that was found at Charlie Rowley in July 2018”.
Skripal and his daughter were found unconscious on a park bench after visiting a local restaurant.
Skripal was one of several alleged double agents involved in an espionage exchange in which the United States returned alleged spy Anna Chapman to Russia in 2010..
The New York Times suggested that the Skripals angered the Kremlin by continuing to relay information about Russian operations to Western intelligence services after moving to the UK..
Russian officials say the source of the poison could be the Porton Down laboratory in the Salisbury area.
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