Police name two Russian suspects over Novichok poisonings

Two Russians have been named as suspects in the case of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, who were poisoned with a nerve agent in England in March, police said Wednesday.

The two men were traveling using Russian passports under the names of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, and arrived in the U.K. on an Aeroflot flight days before the attack. The Crown Prosecution Service said there was “sufficient evidence” to charge them, the BBC reported. Russia denies any involvement in the poisoning.

Sergei Skripal, a Russian former spy, and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious in Salisbury on March 4, after having been poisoned with a nerve agent called Novichok that U.K. authorities said was produced in Russia. The attack sparked an international spat and prompted many Western countries to expel more than 100 Russian diplomats.

Last month, the Trump administration said it would hit Russia with fresh sanctions over the attempted assassination.

Yulia was released from hospital on April 9 and her father left hospital on May 18.


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