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Russia accuses U.K. of 'anti-Russian sentiment' as third man charged in ex-spy's poisoning

British officials believe Denis Sergeev was involved in a nerve-agent attack against former Russian agent Sergei Skripal in 2018.

9/21/2021 9:49:00 PM

British officials believe Denis Sergeev was involved in a nerve-agent attack against former Russia n agent Sergei Skripal in 2018.

British officials believe Denis Sergeev was involved in a nerve-agent attack against former Russia n agent Sergei Skripal in 2018.

As British police announced Tuesday that they are charging a third Russian suspect for alleged connection to an ex-spy's poisoning, Russia's Foreign Ministry accused Britain of using the case to"fuel anti-Russian sentiment in British society." The man facing charges is Denis Sergeev, a member of Russia's military intelligence service who reportedly used the alias"Sergey Fedotov," the AP reported.

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U.K. prosecutors concluded that there was adequate evidence to charge Sergeev with conspiracy to murder, attempted murder, possessing and using a chemical weapon and causing grievous bodily harm, according to London's MetropolitanPoliceforce. He had allegedly been involved in a targeted nerve agent attack in 2018 against former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in the British city of Salsibury.

Both Sergei and Yulia Skripal survived the attack, but one woman died and two other people fell ill, the AP reported. Moscow has adamantly denied any involvement in the attack despite assertions from British authorities that it was authorized"at a senior level of the Russian state." headtopics.com

"We strongly condemn all attempts by London to hold Moscow responsible for what happened in Salisbury and insist on a professional, objective and impartial investigation of the incident," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova told reporters.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below:British police said September 21 they are charging a third Russian suspect in the 2018 nerve agent attack on a former Russian agent in England. Police officers stand outside the house of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal who was found critically ill Sunday following exposure to an"unknown substance" in Salisbury, England, on March 6, 2018.

Frank Augstein/AP PhotoPolice previously charged two other Russian military intelligence agents, known by the aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, saying they traveled to the U.K. for the poisoning operation then flew back to Moscow.Russian President

Vladimir Putinhas claimed the suspects were civilians, and the two suspects appeared on Russian television claiming they had visited Salisbury as tourists.Police said Tuesday they have evidence that the third suspect, Sergeev, was also a member of the Russian military intelligence service known as the GRU. headtopics.com

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Arrest warrants have been issued for all three men. Police said they will apply for Interpol notices for Sergeev on Tuesday, but British prosecutors said they will not apply to Russia for his extradition because the Russian constitution does not permit extradition of its own nationals.

A spokesman for Prime Ministeracknowledged that"any formal extradition request is futile" while the suspects remain in Russia. Read more: Newsweek »

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