Russian Federation says Britain should prove Skripals not being held hostage

Putin oversaw secret chemical assassination lab, UK says

The worldwide chemical weapons watchdog has said an analysis of samples gathered from Sergei Skripal, Yulia Skripal and detective sergeant Nick Bailey - the officer affected during the emergency response - confirmed the U.K.'s assessment of the incident.

In a letter to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, UK national security adviser Mark Sedwill says there is "no plausible alternative explanation" for the attack in Salisbury on March 4 that left the Skripals hospitalized.

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

The United Kingdom has blamed Moscow for the attack on 33-year-old Skripal and her father Sergei, a 66-year-old former officer for Russian Federation who lived in Britain after a treason conviction in his homeland.

Moscow on Thursday said it would not accept the conclusions of the global chemical arms watchdog, unless Russian experts are given access to the samples used.

The OPCW said it had taken blood samples from the three affected individuals under "full chain of custody" for analysis at its laboratories, as well as checking their identities against official photo ID documents.

On Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the report does nothing to back the British allegations that Moscow was behind the attack, which Moscow denies.

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"At the moment I do not wish to avail myself of their services, but, if I change my mind I know how to contact them", she said in her statement through the Metropolitan Police.

"We have every reason to believe this could be a question of the deliberate, forcible detention of a Russian citizen".

St Thomas's, in the centre of Salisbury, will hold the service at 3 p.m. on Sunday, metres away from the site of the bench where the Skripals were found outside the Maltings shopping centre.

The U.K. has called a meeting of the OPCW's executive council for April 18 to discuss next steps, Johnson said. The Kremlin must give answers.

Russian Federation insists it has destroyed all of its chemical weapons and has responded angrily to suggests it targeted Skripal, a former intelligence officer who sold secrets to the British.

Vil Mirzayanov, a Soviet chemist who moved to the United States in the 1990s and who is touted by the Western media as a member of the Novichok chemical weapons program, told media that the substance which was allegedly used in the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Salisbury has one critical flaw. His daughter was visiting from Russian Federation when they were poisoned.

The Times reported on Wednesday that Ms Skripal had refused consular help from the Russian Embassy. His daughter thanked the Salisbury hospital staff, adding: "I have left my father in their care, and he is still seriously ill".

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