Where and when did nerve agent attack happen?

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson

In a statement late on Friday, May's office said the OPCW agreed to travel to Britain to collect a sample of the nerve agent.

Seeking re-election this weekend, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been accused by Britain of ordering the nerve agent attack on a ex-Russian spy on United Kingdom soil.

While Britain has accused the Russian state of ordering the poisoning of the Skripals, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson took it a step further Friday and said it's "overwhelmingly likely" that Putin himself ordered the attack.

"That's why a new concept of state security emerged a year ago, in which Russian Federation was called a serious enemy of Great Britain", Yakovenko said.

The statement came after the Foreign Ministry on Thursday condemned "the event that occurred in Great Britain" but made no mention of Russian Federation.

Prime Minister Theresa May has said it's "highly likely" the Kremlin is responsible for the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

The Russian foreign minister on Thursday said Moscow would respond by expelling British diplomats "soon".

Peskov also said that Russian Federation is "perplexed and does not comprehend the British leadership's stance" and insisted the "accusations are unsubstantiated".

There has been a huge outcry against the Russians and this has obviously been replicated in Parliament with the prime minister and the leader of the opposition trading blows on who is culpable for the attack.

The implication of the ambassador's comments is that the Russians have been told by the British the exact nerve agent deployed.

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The government's tepid response to the 2006 killing of a former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko in London with radioactive polonium appears to have emboldened Russia as it has created a permissive environment for Russians to carry out crimes in the UK.

Russia's envoy at the global chemical weapons watchdog says Britain and the US both have access to the nerve agent used in the poisoning of the ex-spy in Britain.

It comes as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has written in the Guardian warning against "hasty judgements", and not to "rush ahead of the evidence". In an attempt to decide how to proceed, London has joined the anti-Russian campaign of how to contain Russia, the Russian Ambassador to London believes.

The Russian president has barely weighed in on the row, only telling a BBC reporter earlier this week: "Sort things out from your side and then we will discuss this with you".

Det Sgt Bailey remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital after being contaminated with the chemical.

May told Turnbull that she visited Salisbury on Thursday and that the act "represented an unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the U.K".

Russian Federation denies being the source of the nerve agent used and has demanded Britain share samples collected by investigators.

Lavrov was speaking in the Kazakh capital Astana following talks on Syria with the foreign ministers of Iran and Turkey.

Polls show that most Russians continue to see the takeover of Crimea as a major achievement despite the subsequent Western sanctions that contributed to a two-year recession.

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