OPCW confirms United Kingdom findings

Salisbury District Hospital is seen after Yulia Skripal was discharged in Salisbury

Salisbury District Hospital is seen after Yulia Skripal was discharged in Salisbury

The U.K. has said its experts from the Porton Down defense research center concluded that the military-grade nerve agent that was used in the attack belonged to a Russia-developed chemical weapon group called Novichok.

Johnson's statement came after the global chemical watchdog confirmed Britain's finding that Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a toxin of "high purity". "The results of analysis by the OPCW designated laboratories of environmental and biomedical samples collected by the OPCW team confirm the findings of the United Kingdom", OPCW reported Thursday.

Russian Federation has denied all involvement of the attack, arguing Britain has not provided any evidence for its assertion.

Testing by OPCW laboratories, the details of which were kept confidential, also found the substance used in Salisbury to be of "a high purity", which supports the British government's assertion that a state was involved.

"Only Russia has the means, motive and record".

In the statement, Skripal said no one but they themselves could speak for her and her father.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May said former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were poisoned last month in Salisbury, England with a military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union in the 1970s and '80s. Even if Novichok was a compound that lends itself to do-it-yourself manufacturing (and it's not), the high purity makes it pretty clear that this came from a state rather than rogue agents mixing it on their own.

The findings were welcomed by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson who said they backed Britain's assertion that only Russian Federation could have carried out the attack.

The worldwide chemical watchdog is preparing to release its report on the nerve agent used to poison a former spy and his daughter in southwestern England as Russian Federation continues to deny suggestions that it was behind the attack.

The government of Prime Minister Theresa May expelled 23 Russian diplomats in retaliation and called on ir worldwide allies to follow in ir footsteps.

There are several variants of Novichok, a binary weapon containing two less-toxic chemicals that, when mixed, react to produce a poison several times more lethal than sarin or VX.

Ms Skripal, who was released from hospital this week, said in a statement she was still suffering effects of the poisoning and her father remained seriously ill.

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The 33-year-old Russian citizen has been taken to a secure location after being discharged from Salisbury District Hospital earlier this week.

"I find myself in a totally different life than the ordinary one I left just over a month ago, and I am seeking to come to terms with my prospects, whilst also recovering from this attack on me", Yulia Skripal said in a statement released by London's Metropolitan Police.

An image of the daughter of former Russian Spy Sergei Skripal, Yulia Skripal, taken from Yulia Skipal's Facebook account on March 6, 2018.

She lives in Russian Federation but was visiting her father in Britain when they were poisoned.

"In the interest of transparency, and because unlike the Russians we have nothing to hide, we have asked the OPCW to publish the executive summary for all to see", Mr Johnson said in a statement.

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