UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia accused Britain on Monday of refusing to allow access to Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in violation of an international treaty, saying Moscow doesn't...
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May praised the "spirit and resolve" of people in Salisbury, England as the city on Monday marked a year since a nerve agent attack on a Russian...
LONDON (AP) — British authorities say they have completed the cleanup of the southwestern English city of Salisbury, where a former Russian spy was poisoned with a nerve agent.
Russian flag hung on church in UK city where ex-spy poisoned
LONDON (AP) — Officials in the English city where a former Russian double agent was poisoned with a nerve agent last year have denounced the placing of a huge Russian flag on the city's cathedral.
Workmen were seen removing the flag early Sunday from scaffolding on the side of Salisbury Cathedral.
UK regulator says Russia’s RT broke broadcasting rules
LONDON (AP) — Britain's broadcasting regulator says Russian state-owned TV channel RT broke impartiality rules seven times after the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal.
Skripal, a former Russian intelligence agent, and his daughter Yulia were left critically ill after being exposed to the nerve agent Novichok in the English city of Salisbury on March 4. They were eventually discharged from hospitalization.
UK judge rules wealthy Russian died of natural causes
LONDON (AP) — A British judge says a wealthy Russian businessman who collapsed near his home outside London died from a heart attack.
Alexander Perepilichnyy collapsed while jogging in November 2012. Police initially said the 44-year-old died of natural causes, but foul play concerns increased after ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal was poisoned with a nerve agent in the English city of Salisbury earlier this year.
Russia expels Slovak diplomat over spying spat
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia says it has ordered the expulsion of a Slovak diplomat, responding in kind to a move by Slovakia over allegations a Russian diplomat was working as a spy under diplomatic cover.
Slovakia's Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini said last week his country has expelled the Russian diplomat, saying his activities were against the interests of Slovakia and NATO.
UK nerve agent survivor fears poison will soon kill him
LONDON (AP) — A British man who was exposed to the deadly nerve agent Novichok said he is struggling with his eyesight and mobility, and fears the poison will kill him within a decade.
Slovakia says it expels Russian spy working as diplomat
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's prime minister says his country has expelled a Russian diplomat after discovering he was a spy working under diplomatic cover.
Peter Pellegrini said Wednesday the diplomat's activities were aimed against the interests of Slovakia and NATO.
The prime minister says the person was officially working at the military envoy's section at the Russian embassy.
UK leader: Response to Skripal attack hurt Russia spying
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May says the West's response to the nerve-agent poisoning of a former spy has seriously hurt Russia's intelligence capability.
May's office says she'll urge countries "to stand up for the rules around the world" during a foreign-policy speech on Monday.
Britain accuses Russia of poisoning ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter with a Soviet-made nerve agent in the English city of Salisbury in March — a claim Moscow denies.
Russia rejects US accusations on chemical weapons
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has rejected the U.S. claim that it has flouted an international ban on chemical weapons.
The Russian Industry and Trade Ministry that oversaw the dismantling of Soviet-era chemical arsenals denounced what it called "blackmail and unlawful pressure" by Washington. It emphasized Friday that Russia completed the destruction of its chemical stockpiles last year.
Moscow square named after British double agent Kim Philby
MOSCOW (AP) — The mayor of Moscow has decreed that a square near the headquarters of Russia's SVR foreign intelligence service be named after Kim Philby, the Briton who was the most successful Soviet double agent of the Cold War period.
Mayor Sergei Sobyanin signed the order on Tuesday. The move comes amid tensions between Russia and Britain over this year's nerve agent poisoning of Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury.
Trump adviser says more sanctions over ex-spy unsettled
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser says the administration hasn't made up its mind about imposing more sanctions against Russia over the poisoning of an ex-spy in England.
John Bolton said Wednesday the administration is "still considering what we may be obligated to do" under a statute that calls for further sanctions if Russia does not prove its innocence in the nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter.
Ex-spy chief says Brexit leaves UK vulnerable to attack
LONDON (AP) — Brexit could leave Britain more vulnerable to attacks like the nerve-agent poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in Salisbury, a former head of the U.K.'s overseas intelligence service said Friday.
"I don't believe Russia would have used a nerve agent on the streets of an American or German city" because the consequences would be too great, John Sawers, who led MI6 between 2009 and 2014, said..
Report: Poison suspects had followed spy to Czech Republic
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech public radio has reported that the two suspects in the nerve agent poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in England had already been following their victim when all three were in the Czech Republic in 2014.
Poisoning suspect honored by Putin in 2014, UK group says
LONDON (AP) — One of the two suspects in the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in England is a medical doctor in Russian military intelligence who was honored as a Hero of the Russian Federation by President Vladimir Putin in 2014, a group of British investigators said Tuesday.
British police say two GRU agents traveling under the aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Borishov used a Soviet-made nerve agent to poison Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury in March.
The Latest: Kremlin refuses to comment on Bellingcat report
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the Russian suspects in ex-spy's poisoning (all times local):
The Kremlin has refused to comment on the claim by investigative group Bellingcat that one of the two suspects in the poisoning of an ex-spy in England is a doctor who works for Russian military intelligence.
Report: UK poison suspect is doctor for Russian intelligence
LONDON (AP) — One of the two suspects in the poisoning of an ex-spy in England is a doctor who works for Russian military intelligence and traveled to Britain under an alias, investigative group Bellingcat reported Monday.
Bellingcat said on its website that the man British authorities identified as Alexander Petrov is actually Alexander Mishkin, a doctor working for the Russian military intelligence unit known as GRU.
Putin calls poisoned ex-spy “scumbag,” traitor
MOSCOW (AP) — With a contemptuous grin, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called a former double agent who was sickened by a military grade nerve agent in Britain a traitor and "scumbag" — but dismissed the idea that Russia would target him in a poison attack.
Kremlin urges Britain to share its poisoning case suspicions
MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin said Friday it expects Britain to say what it knows about the identities of the two suspects in the nerve agent poisoning of a former Russian spy so Russian officials can launch an investigation.
President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said allegations from British-based investigative group Bellingcat and others can't be the basis for a Russian inquiry, adding that Moscow expects British officials to produce the government's information.
The Latest: UK warns Russia about using chemical weapons
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the nerve agent poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in Britain (all times local):
Britain's foreign secretary says he has warned Russia it will pay a "high price" if it continues to use chemical weapons like the nerve agent used against former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury.
Jeremy Hunt said Thursday he had a "frank" discussion with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov when they met during the UN General Assembly meetings in New York.
Russian paper: Villagers ID Russian suspect in UK poisoning
MOSCOW (AP) — Residents in a small Russian village have identified one of the two suspects in the nerve agent poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain as a senior intelligence agent, Russia's respected Kommersant daily said Thursday in a report that backed up findings by an investigative group.
UK investigative group: Spy poisoning suspect is GRU colonel
MOSCOW (AP) — An investigative group in Britain said Wednesday that it has identified one of the two suspects in the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in the U.K. as a highly decorated colonel in the Russian military intelligence agency GRU.
The group, Bellingcat, said the suspect, whose passport name was Ruslan Boshirov, is in fact Col. Anatoliy Chepiga, who in 2014 was awarded Russia's highest medal, the Hero of Russia.
Report: Russian spy suspects detained this year by Dutch
MOSCOW (AP) — British investigative group Bellingcat says two suspects in the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy were briefly detained in the Netherlands earlier this year.
Bellingcat in its investigation released late Thursday quoted an unnamed security official saying that Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were detained in the Netherlands earlier this year and released without being charged.
UK: Couple’s illness in poisoned-spy city is not suspicious
LONDON (AP) — Police say the case of a couple who fell sick at a restaurant near where a Russian ex-spy and his daughter were poisoned with a nerve agent is not suspicious.
The Wiltshire Police force says the 42-year-old man and 30-year-old woman "were not exposed to any kind of nerve agent."
UK police say no Novichok link to Salisbury mystery illness
LONDON (AP) — British police said Monday that they don't know what made a man and woman sick at a restaurant near where former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned — but it wasn't the nerve agent Novichok.
Police officers and paramedics descended on the Prezzo restaurant in Salisbury after a man and a woman became sick on Sunday evening. Roads were cordoned off as medics in protective suits investigated.
Roads shut after 2 fall ill in UK city where ex-spy poisoned
LONDON (AP) — Police closed roads and called a hazardous response team Sunday night after two people became ill at a restaurant in the English city where a Russian ex-spy and his daughter were poisoned with a chemical nerve agent.
Dutch ousted Russians for alleged attempt to hack Swiss lab
GENEVA (AP) — Dutch authorities arrested and expelled two suspected Russian spies months ago for allegedly trying to hack a Swiss laboratory that conducts chemical weapons tests, Switzerland's government confirmed Friday as it summoned the Russian ambassador to protest an "attempted attack."
Kremlin: Britain could ask to interrogate poisoning suspects
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is ready to consider a request by British investigators to come and interrogate the two men accused of poisoning a former spy, the Kremlin said Friday.
Russian suspects in poisoning: We were in UK as tourists
MOSCOW (AP) — The two Russian men spun an unlikely tale of hapless tourists defeated by grim British weather: They traveled more than 1,000 miles to see England's famed Salisbury Cathedral but were turned back by slush and snow, then returned the next day and spent two hours exploring the "beautiful" city.
The Latest: UK repeats assertion that Russia is lying
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the nerve agent poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in Britain (all times local):
The British government has repeated its assertion that Russian authorities were lying about the poisoning of a Russian former spy in the English city of Salisbury.
Accused abroad, Russians become celebrities at home
MOSCOW (AP) — The last time Britain accused two Russians of an assassination, one of them ended up in the Russian parliament.
The case of Andrei Lugovoi, a key suspect in the 2006 killing of ex-KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko, shows how the two alleged Russian military intelligence operatives accused by Britain of poisoning ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal could have lucrative careers in Russia if they go public.
Putin: Suspects in Britain poisoning are innocent civilians
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Russian authorities know the identities of the two men accused by Britain of carrying out a nerve agent attack on a former spy, but he added that they are civilians and there is "nothing criminal" about them.
UK says it will nab poisoning suspects if they leave Russia
LONDON (AP) — Britain's interior minister says the U.K. will nab two men accused of using a nerve agent in the English city of Salisbury if they ever set foot outside Russia.
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.
Britain blames the Russian state for the attack, a claim Moscow denies.
Bumblers or just brazen? Spotlight on Russia’s ascendant GRU
PARIS (AP) — It seems like a spy film parody — two burly Russian agents staying in a low-end London hotel and doctoring a perfume flask with deadly nerve agent, oblivious to the security cameras filming them along the way.
UK vows to hit back against Russia’s shadowy GRU - but how?
LONDON (AP) — Coup attempts, cyberwarfare, assassination bids — Western officials say the GRU, Russia's military intelligence agency, poses a growing menace around the world.
Increasingly alarmed by the agency's foreign forays, Western nations are scrambling to protect themselves and to strike back against a shadowy organization British Prime Minister Theresa May calls "a threat to all our allies and our citizens."
Russia says it wants to identify suspects in spy poisoning
MOSCOW (AP) — A spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry says Moscow wants to identify and find the suspects in the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain.
Maria Zakharova told reporters on Friday that Russia wants to "find out who these people are," and called on Britain to share intelligence on them.
Moscow envoy: Poisoning claims are ‘anti-Russian hysteria’
MOSCOW (AP) — A top Russian diplomat on Thursday denounced British accusations that Russian military intelligence agents poisoned a former spy in England, calling them base untruths aimed at whipping up hostility toward Moscow.
The Latest: UK calls Security Council talks on poison case
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain (all times local):
Britain has called a United Nations Security Council meeting for Thursday to discuss the Novichok poisoning case.
Officials plan to update members on the progress of the investigation at the meeting.
Russia will be present at the meeting because of its status as a Security Council member.
UK charges 2 Russians in absentia in nerve agent attack
LONDON (AP) — Britain deepened its diplomatic feud with Moscow on Wednesday, charging two men it says are Russian military intelligence officers with the nerve-agent poisoning of Sergei Skripal, a double agent who betrayed the service by spying for the West.
But U.K. authorities acknowledged there was little chance Russia would hand over the suspects, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, to face justice in Britain.
UK police chart suspects’ movements in Skripal poisoning
LONDON (AP) — Britain has charged two Russian men with the nerve-agent poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.
Authorities say the men, traveling under the aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, came to Britain on March 2 on a murderous mission and left on March 4, hours after the Skripals were attacked.
The Metropolitan Police force has released a timeline of the men's movements and appealed to the public for information.
Chemical weapons watchdog confirms UK nerve agent findings
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The global chemical weapons watchdog on Tuesday confirmed findings by British authorities that the Novichok nerve agent killed one person and sickened another in the English town of Amesbury in June.
Russian PM strongly warns US against ramping up sanctions
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's prime minister sternly warned the United States against ramping up sanctions, saying Friday that Moscow would retaliate with economic, political and unspecified "other" means.
The tough message from Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev marked what the Kremlin sees as a red line, reflecting growing dismay with announced U.S. sanctions that have sent the Russian ruble plummeting to its lowest level in two years.
The Latest: Russia weighs retaliation to US sanctions
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. sanctions against Russia over nerve agent poisoning in Britain (all times local):
Russia says it is considering retaliatory measures to new U.S. sanctions over the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in the English city of Salisbury.
US to impose sanctions on Russia over nerve agent attack
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States announced Wednesday it will impose new sanctions on Russia for illegally using a chemical weapon in an attempt to kill a former spy and his daughter in Britain earlier this year.
The new sanctions, to be imposed later this month, come despite President Donald Trump's efforts to improve relations with Russia and its leader, Vladimir Putin, and his harsh criticism of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Chemical weapons watchdog to return to UK
LONDON (AP) — The international chemical weapons watchdog says it is returning to Britain collect more evidence in the poisoning probe of a couple sickened by the nerve agent Novichok.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says a technical assistance team will collect additional samples and send them to designated laboratories.
The organization was asked to investigate after two people fell ill in June in the town of Amesbury in southwestern England.
LONDON (AP) — Authorities in southwestern England are testing an air ambulance, emergency vehicles and clothing worn by emergency workers who responded when two people were poisoned with a nerve agent in June.
The Wiltshire police force described the testing for traces of Novichok on Wednesday purely as a precaution "to ensure that no onward contamination has taken place."
Police say the air ambulance will be grounded until the tests are completed.
LONDON (AP) — Safety measures have been put in place for the funeral of a British woman who died after exposure to the deadly nerve agent Novichok.
Rev. Philip Bromiley, who will be leading Monday's funeral of Dawn Sturgess, says "there won't be any pallbearers and the coffin will be in situ before we arrive, so obviously there's probably been precautions around that and the coffin itself."
He said morticians have been working with Public Health England ahead of the service.
LONDON (AP) — Nerve agent victim Charlie Rowley has been released from the hospital after three weeks of treatment since being poisoned, U.K. officials said Friday.
Lorna Wilkinson, the director of nursing at Salisbury District Hospital, said Rowley, 45, had been discharged after making substantial progress in recent days.
"Charlie has been through an appalling experience most of us could never imagine," she said. "Today is a very welcome milestone in his recovery."