British police have confirmed the charges against a third person in the case of the poisoning of former Russian agent Sergei Skripal.
Police said sufficient evidence had been gathered against a man known as Sergei Fedotov, to charge him with conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder, as well as possession and use of chemical weapons and causing grievous bodily harm.
“Police investigations have uncovered evidence that ‘Sergey Fedotov’ is a pseudonym for ‘Denis Sergeev’ and that he is a member of the Russian military intelligence service, the GRU,” said British police.
Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were poisoned in March 2018 with nerve agent Noviçok.
They were found unconscious in the British city of Salisbury, but survived the attack.
Britain has previously accused two other GRU officers, who traveled to the UK under the names Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov, of carrying out the attack.
The research website Bellingcat later identified Boshirov as Anatoly Chepiga and Petrovin as Alexander Mishkin – both GRU officers.
“We will not apply to Russia for their extradition, as the Russian Constitution does not allow the extradition of its citizens,” said British police, but added that European arrest warrants have been issued against them.
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