PM statement on the Salisbury investigation: 5 September 2018

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Series Details 05.09.18
Publication Date 05/09/2018
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United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May made a statement to the UK Parliament on the 5 September 2018 about the Salisbury incident, on 4 March 2018 two Russian citizens, Sergei and Yulia Skripal, were found seriously ill in a park in Salisbury, United Kingdom. Later in the year a further development had taken place with the subsequent poisoning of Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley.

UK investigators had alleged that the Novichok nerve agent had been used against the Skripals and suggested a connection with senior political and security interests in Russia.

Over the following days the incident escalated to become a major diplomatic crisis in relations between Russia and the United Kingdom.

On the 5 September 2018 Mrs May said that sufficient evidence had been collected by the police and other investigators for the independent Director of Public Prosecutions to bring charges against two Russian nationals for:

+ the conspiracy to murder Sergei Skripal
+ the attempted murder of Sergei and Yulia Skripal and Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey;
+ the use and possession of Novichok
+ causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Yulia Skripal and Nick Bailey.

The names of the Russians were given as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, although these were thought to be aliases.

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