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Watchdog confirms nerve agent was used to poison ex-Russian spy

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The nerve agent used to poison Sergei and Yulia Skripal was delivered in a liquid form More

In its summary, which has been published online, the report notes the toxic chemical was of "high purity".

Meanwhile, the Skripals themselves have been showing significant signs of recovery since they were discovered slumped on a public bench on March 4.

Russian Federation strongly denies involvement in the attack, which has sparked an worldwide row resulting in the expulsions of diplomats from all sides.

London has called for a UN Security Council meeting on a report on the Salisbury incident released by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the UK's mission to the UN said on Twitter on Thursday, TASS reports.

Skripal was a former Russian intelligence officer who acted as a double agent for MI6 and was caught, imprisoned, then pardoned and sent to Britain in a spy swap in 2010.

BORIS JOHNSON has pledged to "stamp out" the use of chemical weapons after worldwide inspectors confirmed a nerve agent poisoned Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

"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".

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In response to the claims, he said: "The British Government still hasn't produced any evidence in support of its position that would confirm their official version".

The Russian embassy, which has repeatedly demanded access to the Skripals, cast doubt on the authenticity of her statement Thursday.

"As before, we would like to make sure that the statement really belongs to Yulia". Maria Zakharova, spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, told reporters that the report was part of a continuing British plot against Russia.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation confirmed it had received the letter, with a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation official saying that the allies were "united in condemning the use of a nerve agent in Salisbury and we stand in solidarity with the United Kingdom".

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on March 12 that Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia had been poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent from the Novichok group of poisons, developed by the former Soviet Union in the 1970s and '80s.

He said the codeword for the chemical weapons programme, which included Novichok, was "FOLIANT". He said it was highly unlikely that any former Soviet republic besides Russian Federation pursued an offensive chemical weapons program.

President Donald Trump warned Russia this week of an impending missile strike against its ally Syrian President Bashar Assad over the alleged use of chemical weapons against his own people, although the president subsequently walked back denunciations of Russian President Vladimir Putin for backing Assad.

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