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Britain says Russia spied on Skripals before poisoning

Britain says Russia spied on Skripals before poisoningRussian intelligence was spying on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia for at least five years before they were poisoned in a nerve agent attack, Britain’s National Security Adviser Mark Sedwill said in a letter to NATO on Friday. Sedwill also said that Russia has tested means of delivering chemical agents “including by application to door handles”, pointing out that the highest concentration of the chemical found after the attack was on Skripal’s front door handle. “We have information indicating Russian intelligence service interest in the Skripals, dating back at least as far as 2013, when email accounts belonging to Yulia Skripal were targeted by GRU cyber specialists,” Sedwill wrote in the letter, referring to Russia’s foreign military intelligence agency.



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Daughter of ex-Russian spy gives first statement after nerve agent poisoning

Daughter of ex-Russian spy gives first statement after nerve agent poisoningYulia Skripal thanked her doctors in a statement, as Russia continues to deny responsibility for the attack on her and her father.



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Russia loses vote to join spy poisoning probe; next stop UN

Russia loses vote to join spy poisoning probe; next stop UNMOSCOW (AP) — The international chemical weapons watchdog on Wednesday rejected Russia's call for a joint investigation with Britain of the nerve-agent poisonings of an ex-spy and his daughter in England.



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Russia says spy poisoning 'grotesque provocation' by UK, US

Russia says spy poisoning 'grotesque provocation' by UK, USThe head of Russia’s SVR foreign intelligence agency said Wednesday the poisoning of a Russian former double agent in Britain was a “grotesque provocation” by the British and US security services. “Even when it comes to the grotesque provocation with the Skripals that was crudely concocted by the British and American security services, a number of European countries are in no rush to unquestioningly follow London and Washington but prefer to look into what has happened in detail,” SVR chief Sergei Naryshkin said at a security conference.



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Russia says it test-fired a new missile amid tension over spy poisoning

Russia says it test-fired a new missile amid tension over spy poisoningRussia's Defense Ministry published a video purporting to show the test-firing of a new intercontinental ballistic missile of the type trumpeted earlier this month by President Vladimir Putin on Friday.



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Old ties with Russia weigh on Bulgarian decision in spy poisoning case

Old ties with Russia weigh on Bulgarian decision in spy poisoning caseBy Alissa de Carbonnel and Tsvetelia Tsolova SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgaria, which has a strong pro-Russian lobby in government, needs more time to decide whether to follow NATO and EU allies in expelling Russian diplomats over a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy, its deputy prime minister said on Thursday. EU presidency chair Bulgaria has recalled its ambassador from Moscow after the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England in the first known use of a military-grade nerve agent on European soil since World War Two. “The political situation in Bulgaria is such that these types of decisions have to be taken by consensus,” deputy prime minister Tomislav Donchev said, referring to a strong body of opinion in the coalition government and opposition which favours pursuing good ties with Russia.



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Old ties with Russia weigh on Bulgarian decision in spy poisoning case

Old ties with Russia weigh on Bulgarian decision in spy poisoning caseBy Alissa de Carbonnel and Tsvetelia Tsolova SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgaria, which has a strong pro-Russian lobby in government, needs more time to decide whether to follow NATO and EU allies in expelling Russian diplomats over a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy, its deputy prime minister said on Thursday. EU presidency chair Bulgaria has recalled its ambassador from Moscow after the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England in the first known use of a military-grade nerve agent on European soil since World War Two. “The political situation in Bulgaria is such that these types of decisions have to be taken by consensus,” deputy prime minister Tomislav Donchev said, referring to a strong body of opinion in the coalition government and opposition which favours pursuing good ties with Russia.



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Russia hits back in spy poisoning row as experts called in

Russia hits back in spy poisoning row as experts called inRussia hit back at Britain in the spy poisoning row, demanding proof of its alleged involvement in a nerve agent attack, as international weapons experts arrived to take samples of the toxic substance. The March 4 poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal, which took place just two weeks ahead of Russia’s presidential poll in which Vladimir Putin was re-elected, has plunged relations between London and Moscow into crisis. As the European Union offered Britain its “unqualified solidarity” on Monday, the Kremlin demanded London either come up with proof of Russia’s involvement — or apologise.



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The Latest: German, Polish leaders back UK after poisoning

The Latest: German, Polish leaders back UK after poisoningBRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy and his daughter in Britain (all times local):



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Russia expels British diplomats amid growing tension after former spy poisoning

Russia expels British diplomats amid growing tension after former spy poisoningThe move is latest in a growing feud between Russia and the United Kingdom after the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter — with Prime Minister Theresa May saying there is “no alternative conclusion” than Russia being responsible.



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