Russian general: Salisbury poisoning could lead to last war in history

Russian general: Salisbury poisoning could lead to last war in history

As such, the agency informed CNN, the USA will likely replace a similar number of expelled diplomats who were ordered to leave by the Russian government last week. U.S. officials have confirmed the invitation.

Putin, speaking Tuesday in Ankara following talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, cited the head of Britain's defense laboratory who said that its scientists have not identified the precise source of the nerve agent used to attack former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

On Tuesday, a senior Russian diplomat offered another explanation.

Skripal, 66, a former Russian intelligence agent convicted of spying for Britain, remains in critical condition.

Gary Aitkenhead, chief executive at Porton Down, told Sky News it was "not our job" to specify the source of the poison.

Russian officials and state television have in turn come up with several different theories to explain the poisoning.

The State Department says that a number of Russian diplomats expelled from a Russian consulate in Washington state could be replaced by other Russian officials, noting that the same is true for a number of American officials recently expelled from a consulate in St. Petersberg.

His comments came as he hosted leaders from the three Baltic states - which have had a torrid history with their larger neighbor Russian Federation. The Foreign Office has said there was "not an ounce of truth" in his implication the nerve agent could have been linked to Porton Down.

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"It's a military grade nerve agent which requires extremely sophisticated methods in order to create - something that's probably only within the capabilities of a state actor".

Mr Lavrov said it was "outrageous" that Britain had failed to provide consular access to Yulia Skripal, 33, since it emerged that her condition was improving. The organization says the meeting will be held at 0800GMT Wednesday.

Skripal and his daughter have been in hospital since ingesting the deadly nerve agent novichok in Salisbury, Wilts on March 4.

Britain blames Russian Federation for the pair's poisoning with a Soviet-developed nerve agent.

The chief executive of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down, Gary Aitkenhead, told Sky News on Tuesday that his team has so far not been able to prove the military-grade nerve agent was made in Russian Federation, which the United Kingdom and its allies have blamed for being behind the attack. "Any requests for new diplomatic accreditation will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis".

The poisonings of the Skripal in Salisbury, England has sparked a crisis in relations between Russian Federation and the West, producing a wave of diplomatic expulsions unseen even at the height of the Cold War.

"The United States, in concert with many countries, made the decision to kick out Russian spies", said Nauert.