Britain's Boris Johnson accused of misleading public over Skripal poisoning evidence

Boris Johnson has accused Jeremy Corbyn of "playing Russia's game" after the Labour leader criticised the UK's Foreign Secretary over his handling of the Salisbury spy poisoning. I said: "'Are you sure?' He said: "'There's no doubt'".

He said: "When I look at the evidence, I mean the people from Porton Down, the laboratory".

After Mr Aitkenhead's comments to Sky News, the Foreign Office released a statement saying it had been "clear from the very beginning" that Porton Down had identified the type of substance as novichok.

"But Boris Johnson apparently going on global media and saying he was 101 percent certain it was Putin - I don't understand where he got that information from", Abbott told the BBC.

This statement contradicted a claim made by Mr Johnson in an interview on German TV on March 20. Boris Johnson needs to answer some questions.

Boris Johnson told German television Porton Down had been "categorically" sure the Novichok agent used in the attempted murder of former double-agent Sergei Skripal had come from Russian Federation.

Following a string of tweets in which Williamson called out the foreign secretary for trying to dive head first into conflict with Russian Federation without sufficient evidence, the Derby North MP told RT's Bill Dod that "Johnson used this bad incident as a smoke screen" to further his own agenda.

She said that "positive identification of this chemical agent by world-leading experts at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory" was one of the pieces of evidence.

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"This is only one part of the intelligence picture", the statement from Prime Minister Theresa May's office said, pointing toward "our knowledge that within the last decade, Russian Federation has investigated ways of delivering nerve agents probably for assassination - and as part of this program has produced and stockpiled small quantities of Novichoks", among other factors.

Paul Waugh tweeted "Just found this cached tweet of @foreignoffice, now appears to be deleted.Big Qs for FCO".

A tweet by the Foreign Office, issued on March 22, corroborating Mr Johnson's remarks, has now been deleted.

Russian Federation has seized upon the discrepancies as evidence it had no role in the poisoning.

Sergei Skripal remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital following the nerve agent attack a month ago but his daughter Yulia has improved after spending three weeks in a critical condition.

"28 other countries have been so convinced by United Kingdom case they have expelled Russians". Moscow has responded with its own expulsions.

She also highlighted "knowledge that Russian Federation has previously produced this agent and would still be capable of doing so, Russia's record of conducting state-sponsored assassinations and our assessment that Russian Federation views some defectors as legitimate targets for assassinations". "Nothing has changed", German government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer told reporters on Wednesday.

  • Sonia Alvarado