Claims that Russia were 'spying' on Yulia Skripal for years

Yulia Skripal (Facebook)

1:40pm 13th April 2018
(Updated 1:50pm 13th April 2018)

Russian intelligence has been spying on the daughter of former spy Sergei Skripal for at least five years, national security adviser Mark Sedwill has said.

Cyber experts from military intelligence agency the GRU targeted Yulia Skripal's email accounts as far back as 2013, according to the security chief.

It's also claimed a program in Russia investigated how nerve agents could be administered through door handles.

A program set up in Russia in the 2000s trained personnel from "special units" in the use of chemical warfare agents, he said, including investigating how nerve agents could be administered through door handles.

Sir Mark made the claims in a letter to Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg, following a report by the organisation on the Prohibition for Chemical Weapons.

That report from the OPCW backed UK findings that novichok, a Soviet-era nerve agent, was responsible for the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and is daughter Yulia.

This latest development also comes after Russia claimed today (Fri 13 April) that Yulia Skripal has been abducted by Britain - and that the UK is faking sources in order to blame the Kremlin for the Salisbury spy poisoning incident.

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