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Church leaders look to 'cleanse' Salisbury following nerve agent attack

Church leaders look to 'cleanse' Salisbury following nerve agent attack

"Today the global chemical weapons watchdog have confirmed the findings of the United Kingdom relating to the identity of the toxic chemical used in the attempted assassination of Mr Skripal and his daughter, and which also resulted in the hospitalisation of a British police officer".

The worldwide chemical watchdog is preparing to release its report on the nerve agent used to poison a former spy and his daughter in southwestern England as Russian Federation continues to deny suggestions that it was behind the attack.

It noted that there was an "almost complete absence of impurities" in the toxic chemical.

Britain has blamed Russian Federation for the March 4 poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, with a nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union.

Johnson says "there can be no doubt what was used and there remains no alternative explanation about who was responsible - only Russian Federation has the means the motive and record".

"We will now work closely with our partners to clarify grotesque use of this weapon and convene OPCW council to discuss next steps", Johnson said Thursday through a statement collected by Reuters.

"This is based on testing in four independent, highly reputable laboratories around the world".

Russian Federation denies involvement, and says Britain hasn't shared any evidence for its assertion.

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Yulia Skripal, who was released from hospital on Monday, said in a statement she was still suffering effects of the poisoning and her father remained seriously ill. "We expect this to be held next week", the mission said in a tweet.

Skripal and his daughter were found on March 4 unconscious in a bank of streets of British town of Salisbury.

It says British authorities "must urgently provide tangible evidence that Yulia is alright and not deprived of her freedom". The country's authorities determined that y had been poisoned by a Soviet-era nerve agent and accused Russian Federation of it.

The service on Sunday will be open to people of all faiths and none and will take place at St Thomas Church in the city centre just metres from where Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found.

Despite the denials from Moscow, Britain has received strong diplomatic backing from western allies for its stance, with more than 20 countries expelling in excess of 150 Russian diplomats in protest at the Russian actions. British foreign manager Boris Johnson even pointed directly to newly re-elected Russian president, Vladimir Putin, as person who gave order of poisoning.

"Furthermore, it remains unclear if either Sergei or Yulia Skripal agreed on a particular treatment or not".

"I have access to friends and family, and I have been made aware of my specific contacts at the Russian embassy who have kindly offered me their assistance in any way they can". As before, we would like to make sure that the statement really belongs to Yulia. The OPCW was not tasked to identify where the nerve agent came from. She also said she did not yet want to speak to the media.