Two Russians wanted for the Novichok attack in Salisbury have been appointed by prosecutors.
The CPS says that Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov are wanted for conspiracy to assassinate former double agent Sergei Skripal and the attempted murder of his daughter Yulia Skripal.
If they are captured, the couple will also be charged with the attempted murder of Wiltshire police officer Nick Bailey and the use of Novichok contrary to the Chemical Weapons Act.
The couple was photographed leaving Britain at Heathrow Airport shortly after the attack and never returned.
The prosecutors will not ask Russia to extradite the two men, since there is no agreement between the countries, but a European arrest warrant has been obtained.
These are the two Russians who were wanted by the Novichok poisoning in Salisbury in March. Police say it is unlikely that Petrov and Boshirov are their real names, as they are believed to have many aliases
The couple was captured on CCTV at the Salisbury train station shortly after 4 p.m. M. March 3, the day that Skirpal was poisoned.
Petrov (right) was seen smiling at Salisbury shortly after police believe the men stained Novichok at Mr. Skripal's door
Police released an image of the perfume bottle that is believed to contain the Novichok and Petrov's passing through Heathrow when they both left the country.
It is believed that the deadly chemical weapon was smuggled by Britain disguised as perfume in this box
In making the announcement, Scotland Yard antiterrorist commissioner Neil Basu said: "Today is the most significant moment so far in what has been one of the most complex and intense investigations we have undertaken in the fight against terrorism; the indictment against two suspects, both Russian citizens, in connection with the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal.
Basu said the suspects are likely to be traveling under alias and Petrov and Boshirov are not their real names. It is believed that they are over 40 years old.
A CPS spokesman said: "Prosecutors in the Counter-Terrorism Division have considered the evidence and have concluded that there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction and it is clearly in the public interest to accuse Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, who they are Russian citizens.
Former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with the military-grade chemical weapon in the city of Wiltshire in March.
Police officer Sergeant Nick Bailey was also poisoned when he attended the suburban home of the retired spy. Like the Skripals, he recovered after receiving treatment to save lives in the city hospital.
In June, the mother of three of Dawn Sturgess died and her partner Charlie Rowley was hospitalized after they became ill at home in nearby Amesbury.
Police have now released an image of the perfume bottle used by would-be assassins to transport the Novichok. It is said that Mrs. Sturgess put the substance on her wrists.
The movements of the & # 39; killers & # 39; from Novichok were revealed when they flew to Britain from Russia and headed to Salisbury
Friday, March 2: At 3 p.m., the suspects arrived at the Gatwick airport, flying from Moscow on the SU2588 flight from Aeroflot.
From there, it is believed that they traveled by train to London, arriving at Victoria station at approximately 5.40pm.
They then traveled on public transport from London to Waterloo station and were in the area between approximately 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. They traveled to the City Stay Hotel on Bow Road, east of London, where they stayed on Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3.
Saturday, March 3: They left the hotel and took the subway to Waterloo station, arriving at approximately 11.45 a.m., where they took a train to Salisbury, arriving at approximately 2.25 p.m.
It is believed that they took a similar route when they returned to London on the afternoon of Saturday, March 3. Leaving Salisbury at approximately 4.10 p.m. and arriving at Bow at approximately 8:05 p.m.
We evaluated that this trip was for the recognition of the Salisbury area and we do not believe that there is any risk to the public due to their movements on this day.
The couple is depicted at the Salisbury train station on the morning of the day when the Skripals were poisoned
Sunday, March 4: They made the same trip from the hotel, using the subway again from Bow to Waterloo station at approximately 8:05 a.m., before continuing their train journey to Salisbury.
CCTV shows them in the vicinity of Mr. Skripal's house and we believe that they contaminated the front door with Novichok.
They left Salisbury and returned to Waterloo station, arriving at approximately 4.45 p.m. and boarded the London Underground at approximately 6.30 p.m. to London Heathrow airport.
From Heathrow airport, they returned to Moscow on flight SU2585 from Aeroflot, leaving at 10.30 p.m. M.
The couple was seen on Fisherton Road in Salisbury on March 4 shortly after 1 pm
Former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with Novichok in Salisbury in an attack that the United Kingdom blamed on Russia
The couple was found collapsed on a park bench in Salisbury in March, sparking a major investigation involving anti-terrorist police, military and chemical weapons experts.
The mother of three Dawn Sturgess died and her partner Charlie Rowley fell ill after they came into contact with Novichok. It is believed that they found a bottle used to store the chemical
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirmed yesterday that the toxic chemical that killed Dawn Sturgess was the same nerve agent that poisoned the Skripals three months earlier.
The OPCW said that it was not possible to conclude whether the nerve agent used in the two incidents was from the same lot.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt welcomed yesterday's report and again blamed the attacks in Russia.
He said: "We are grateful to OPCW for the work of independent experts in confirming the type of nerve agent used in Amesbury, and once again we pay tribute to the high standards set by our leading scientists in the world.
"The imprudence of the Russian state in bringing a nervous agent to the United Kingdom, and the utter disregard for public safety, is dreadful and irresponsible, our thoughts are with the family of Dawn Sturgess and with Charlie Rowley.
Ms. Sturgess's previous home in Salisbury was closed by police in July, since her death meant that the investigation turned into a murder investigation.
It is believed that Novichok was stained on the knob of the front door of the Salisbury house of Mr. Skripal.
In July, Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Neil Basu, said that the results of Porton Down's tests on poisoning by Amesbury had shown that the victims had been "exposed to the nerve agent Novichok."
The Russian state has denied participation. His embassy in London yesterday demanded access to the Skripals.
A statement issued by the Russian Embassy on Tuesday said the circumstances of the March attack were "dark" and accused the British authorities of keeping the Skripals in isolation since their release from the hospital.
He said: "They remain out of reach of the public in an unknown place, without being able to communicate freely with their relatives, friends, journalists or Russian officials, deprived of the freedom of movement".
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