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Patty Aguilar | 17 March, 2018, 08:33

It's "overwhelmingly likely" Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the military-grade nerve agent attack on a former double agent on British soil, the United Kingdom foreign secretary said Friday.

London would freeze Russian state assets known to be supporting dubious activities and adopt a British equivalent of the US Magnitsky act, allowing it to freeze assets and withhold visas from Russian officials accused of human rights abuses. "There is to be no Russophobia as a result of what is happening", Johnson told reporters at the Battle of Britain bunker from which World War Two fighter operations were controlled.

Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia remain in a critical condition after the March 4 attack in the English city of Salisbury.

Putin, a former KGB spy who is poised to win a fourth term in an election on Sunday, has so far only said publicly that Britain should get to the bottom of what has happened.

Presidential press-secretary Dmitry Peskov told the state-run Tass news agency: "We have already said on many levels that Russian Federation has nothing to do with this story whatsoever".

Britain, the United States, Germany and France jointly called on Russian Federation on Thursday to explain the attack.

Top EU diplomats were expected to discuss next steps at a meeting Monday, with some calling for a boycott of the upcoming World Cup in Russian Federation.

As British authorities investigate the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in England, there is much mystery about how exactly the brazen attack was carried out.

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Israel condemns United Kingdom nerve agent attack, without mentioning Russian Federation
They said the attack involved the first "offensive use" of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War. Police stand guard in Salisbury where Sergei Skripal , 66, and his daughter Yulia were poisoned.

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British police said Friday 131 people were exposed to trace amounts of the military-grade nerve agent used in the assault.

Friday's comments from Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson mark the first time that Putin has been blamed directly.

Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, an ex-commander of the British Army's chemical, biological, radiation and nuclear regiment, said Novichok was only ever manufactured at one site, a military laboratory at Shikhany in central Russian Federation. British diplomats in Moscow were bracing for a retaliatory order from the Kremlin and were just waiting to be told who had to leave and when.

Speaking to the AP, he called it unlikely that some of the nerve agent could have gone missing in the years after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.

The country has demanded access to the case and opened its own investigation into the attempted murders on Friday.

Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, former commander of the British Army's chemical and biological weapons regiment, called the claim that US or British agents could have developed Novichok "complete hogwash".

"It is important that Russian Federation gets a clear signal that it costs to behave the way they behave", Mr Stoltenberg said. US President Donald Trump said it looked as though the Russians were behind it.

The leader of the UK Labour party Jeremy Corbyn was among the few prominent Western voices urging calm.

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