United Kingdom defense lab says it hasn't IDed source of nerve agent

Mr Skripal had asked his daughter to bring it back from Moscow when she returned the day before the nerve agent attack on March 4 but she forgot and asked a friend to buy it instead

"We're reviewing our options", said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, who charged that the attack on the Skripals violated an global chemical weapons ban.

Gary Aitkenhead, the chief executive of the Government's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), said the poison had been identified as a military-grade Novichok nerve agent which could probably be deployed only by a nation-state.

He further claimed to provide scientific information to the government to help reach to some conclusion.

He said establishing its origin required "other inputs", some of them intelligence-based, that the Government has access to.

A United Kingdom government spokesperson said in a statement Tuesday: "We have been clear from the very beginning that our world-leading experts at Porton Down identified the substance used in Salisbury as a Novichok, a military grade nerve agent".

At the same time, the lab's job is "to provide the scientific evidence that identifies what the particular nerve agent is. but it's not our job to say where that was actually manufactured", he said.

He said: "Many say that the situation now is worse than it was during the Cold War because some rules existed and decorum was observed back then".

Aitkenhead said there was "no way" the nerve agent could have come from the high-security facility.

"We certainly reject any notion or claim of Russian involvement in the Salisbury incident".

When asked whether the Skripal case could lead directly to war, he responded: 'Not the Salisbury poisoning, but the pressure. The elder Skripal, 66, remains in critical condition, while his 33-year-old daughter is improving in a Salisbury hospital.

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Meanwhile, Russian president Vladimir Putin on Tuesday expressed hope that a meeting of the world's chemical weapons watchdog would put a "full stop" to the issue.

"As the Prime Minister has set out in a number of statements to the Commons since 12 March, this includes our knowledge that within the last decade, Russian Federation has investigated ways of delivering nerve agents - probably for assassination - and as part of this programme has produced and stockpiled small quantities of Novichoks".

It comes as the chemical weapons watchdog said it would hold a special meeting on Wednesday into the UK Government's claim that Russian Federation was behind the attack.

On March 4, former Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal, who had been earlier sentenced in Russia for spying for the UK, and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a bench near the Maltings shopping center in Salisbury, UK. British authorities suspect Skripal was poisoned by a Soviet-made nerve agent.

Britain and two dozen of its allies have expelled over 150 Russian diplomats.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that Skripal's poisoning was "in the UK's interests" and accused the West of playing "children's games".

Meanwhile, retired Russian Lieutenant-General Evgeny Buzhinsky warned that relations between Russia and the West could become "worse" than the Cold War and "end up in a very, very bad outcome" following the nerve agent attack.

Speaking on the Today programme, Mr Buzhinsky warned how the reaction from Russian Federation over the expelled diplomats could lead to the "last war in the history of mankind", ramping up World War 3 fears.

Worse than the Cold War is a real war.

"Actually you are cornering Russian Federation, and to corner Russian Federation is a very risky thing".

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