Skripal poisoning: possible third intelligence officer

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Sergei Skripal, 67, and his daughter Yulia survived the attack

A third man was possibly involved in the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury last March.

The man, Sergey Fedotov, was identified in reports as coming to the UK at the same time as the two suspects who had carried out the attack.

Research website Bellingcat said the man is a Russian military intelligence officer and believes that the name Fedotov is an alias.

A spokesman for the Kremlin said that Russia did not know "if this is true at all".

MI6 double agent Sergei Skripal, 67, and his daughter Yulia, then 33, were poisoned with a nerve gas agent known as novichok in Salisbury in March 2018. Both survived.

Two Russian citizens have so far been named as suspects.

Anatoliy Vladimirovich Chepiga and Alexander Mishkin are attached to the Russian military intelligence agency GRU.

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Alexander Mishkin and Anatoliy Chepiga were said to have executed the Salisbury attack

The British government accused the Salisbury attack on the GRU.

Bellingcat says that the third man, Fedotov, also traveled to Bulgaria in April 2015, at the time of a possible poisoning.

During the visit to Bulgaria it was claimed that a businessman Emilian Gebrav, involved in the defense industry, was admitted to hospital with symptoms of poisoning.

Mr. Gebrav survived.

In that case, as with his trip after the Salisbury poisoning in March last year, Fedotov did not succeed in taking the flight for which he was booked.

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In response to the website's investigation, a spokesman for the Kremlin told the BBC: "We do not know how far this corresponds to reality, whether it is actually at all.

"We do not know where the authors of the report based their work – how capable they are – who they are – and whether this is true at all."

The British government accused the Salisbury attack on the GRU.

Prime Minister Theresa May said that the attack on Skripal was "almost certainly" approved by the Russian state.

Moscow has consistently denied any involvement in the poisonings in Salisbury.

The Metropolitan Police says they will continue to follow a number of lines of research, including identifying any other suspects who may have been involved in the execution or planning of the attack.

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