Nerve poisoning: Sergei Skripal's family updated on his condition

The Salisbury road where Mr Skripal lives and where he is believed to have been poisoned at his front door remained closed off by police today

The Salisbury road where Mr Skripal lives and where he is believed to have been poisoned at his front door remained closed off by police today

It came after the military research laboratory's chief executive told Sky News they had not been able to establish the "precise source" of the novichok nerve agent. Mr. Aitkenhead said his laboratory, the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory, had confirmed that the poison was Novichok, or from its family of nerve agents, and that it was of military grade.

He said it was "not our job to say where it actually was manufactured".

Underscoring the broader intelligence picture, the British foreign secretary Boris Johnson lashed out against Labour opposition on Wednesday, accusing Jeremy Corbyn of joining "the Russian spin machine".

London has directly accused the Kremlin on at least three occasions of being behind the chemical attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.

The Tweet came after Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told German television that there was "no doubt" the nerve agent had come from Russian Federation, and he had recieved personal assurances from Porton Down to that effect.

"I would like to inform you, although we have already told [you] about that, we are convening a OPCW Executive Council session tomorrow to look into the situation in detail", Putin said during a joint press conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara.

"The speed at which the anti-Russian campaign was launched causes bewilderment", Mr Putin said from Turkey, where he met with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

However, Mr Naryshkin suggested not all European countries would continue to follow Britain's lead in blaming Russian Federation for the Salisbury attack.

Asked directly how he could assert that the source of the Novichok nerve agent was Russian Federation, the Foreign Secretary replied that he had "interrogated" the scientists. Her whereabouts, along with her father who reportedly remains in a critical condition, are still unknown, and the British government continues to deny Russian Federation access to them.

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"Diplomats also shared information from United Kingdom authorities on progress of the investigation, " Zakharova told a briefing.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko, in comments relayed by Russian news agencies on Tuesday, called the poisonings a "provocation arranged by Britain" in order to justify high military spending because "they need a major enemy".

The Tweet noted that the British Government's Porton Down facility is accredited with global watchdog the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and a "designated laboratory".

The British government and a pliant media have constantly changed their story-from the Skripals' being poisoned by the "opioid fentanyl" to one involving a military-grade nerve agent.

'There is no way anything like that could have come from us or left the four walls of our facility, ' he said.

"We deal with a number of very toxic substances as part of the work that we do", he said.

The first use of chemical weapons in Europe since World War II has chilled Moscow's relations with the West, as both sides have expelled scores of diplomats.

Ahmet Uzumcu, the director-general of the OPCW, used the meeting to announce he expects to receive the results of his organisation's own independent analysis of samples from Salisbury by early next week.

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