United Kingdom and Russian Federation trade barbs at UN over spy attack

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Britain blames the Russian government for the attack, a claim Moscow denies.

People using the same passports as two men accused by Britain of the attempted murder of a former Russian spy and his daughter travelled widely in Europe and made a previous trip to Britain, according to an online Russian news outlet.

She said Russian Federation asked to join the investigation once it was under way and repeated: "You don't recruit an arsonist to put out a fire - you especially don't do that when the fire is one they caused".

The "operation (was) nearly certainly approved at senior levels of (the) Russian state", it said.

Britain plans to press its case against Russian Federation at the U.N. Security Council later on Thursday.

Prime Minister Theresa May told parliament the government had concluded they were officers in Russia's military intelligence service, the GRU. He appealed the public "to come forward and tell us who they are".

Earlier a spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry said the names and photos of the two men wanted by Britain "say nothing to us", accusing London of "manipulating information".

Britain has charged two alleged agents of Russia's GRU military intelligence agency in absentia with the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

"We will not be applying to Russia for the extradition of these men as the Russian constitution does not permit extradition of its own nationals", said Sue Hemming, director of Legal Services at the Crown Prosecution Service. The GRU was named in an 11-count indictment as part of the special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election.

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In response, more than two dozen Western allies, including the US, ordered out over 150 Russian diplomats in a show of solidarity.

On Saturday, March 3 they left the hotel and took the underground to Waterloo station, arriving at 11.45am, before catching a train to Salisbury, arriving at 2.25pm.

The British embassy in Moscow on Friday accused Russia of spreading "disinformation" after London charged two Russian citizens with the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the UK. British investigators believe that GRU sanctioned the attack.

Mr Javid stopped short of naming President Vladimir Putin as being behind the orders but said "we all know what's at the top of the Russian government". "It was nearly certainly also approved outside the GRU at a senior level of the Russian state", the British Prime Minister said.

Earlier in the United Kingdom found that the assassination of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia in Salisbury with the use of poison the Newcomer involved in the Russian Grushnikov Ruslan Bashirov and Alexander Petrov.

"Russia has made this clear following requests for extradition in other cases", she said.

A European arrest warrant has been obtained in case they travel to the EU, however. Her boyfriend Charlie Rowley also became seriously ill during that incident, and police officer Nicholas Bailey was hospitalised by exposure to the Skripals at the time of the first incident. That set off a chain of global events: his arrest in Russian Federation in 2004, his release in a spy exchange with the United States in 2010 and his resettlement in England that same year. But they are unlikely to face a British trial, since Russian Federation will not extradite its citizens to be prosecuted overseas.

Her partner Charlie Rowley had found and given to her a perfume bottle, falsely labelled as "Premier Jour" by Nina Ricci, which police said contained a "significant amount of Novichok". He was hospitalized and his girlfriend Dawn Sturgess died after being exposed to the contents.