UK intelligence investigated frantic comings and goings at time of Skripal poisonings
Intelligence services investigated unusual activity at the Russian embassy in London in the days before and after the novichok poisoning, it has been reported.
MI5, MI6 and GCHQ looked into frantic comings and goings at the building in Kensington in the days leading up to the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, a source with knowledge of the investigation told the Press Association.
The source was quoted as saying: The intelligence agencies have been investigating unusual and increased activity at the Russian embassy in Kensington in the days leading up to and after the attack on the Skripals.
The lines of inquiry included frantic and unprecedented movement around the embassy at the time. As would be expected, the UK security services have eyes on known and undeclared foreign intelligence operatives, the source said.
Britain has accused Russia of being behind the attack. In March last year, Theresa May expelled 23 suspected Russian spies from the London embassy, the largest mass expulsion of diplomats since the cold war.
In September, Scotland Yard and the Crown Prosecution Service said there was sufficient evidence to charge two Russians, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, with offences including conspiracy to murder after they were caught on CCTV in Salisbury the day before the attack. They are thought to be from Russias military intelligence agency, the GRU.
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