May Claims 2 Suspects in Skripal Poisoning Are Officers of Russian Intelligence

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“We were right to say in March the Russian state was responsible,” said the UK Prime Minister Theresa May, addressing the Parliament on Wednesday with an update on the Salisbury incident.

“Based on the body of intelligence, the government has concluded that the two individuals named by the police and CPS are officers from the Russian military intelligence service, also known as the GRU. GRU is a highly disciplined organization with a well-established chain of command,” Mrs. May told the parliament.

She added that “this was not a rogue operation.”

“It was almost certainly also approved outside the GRU at a senior level of the Russian state.”

Mrs. May recalled the outcome of the Salisbury investigation, details of which have been released earlier during the day by the Crown Prosecution Service.        

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She called Salisbury and Amesbury incidents a “poisoning and sickening act.”

Mrs. May listed a number of measures Britain took since March 2018, including the introduction of a new power at the UK border to detain people to determine their engagement in “hostile state activity” and expulsion of Russian diplomats from the UK.

The PM then went on to call for a collective effort in tackling Russian intelligence agency. 

“The actions of GRU are a threat to all our allies and to all our citizens. And on the basis…

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