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Britain charged two Russians in absentia on Wednesday with the attempted murder of a former Russian spy and his daughter, and said the suspects were military intelligence officers nearly certainly acting on orders from high up in the Russian state.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons confirmed Tuesday that Mr. Rowley and Ms. Sturgess were also exposed to Novichok.

The leaders added they would strengthen their activities to defend their societies against "malign state activity" and disrupt the hostile actions of foreign intelligence networks.

Novichok is a military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

They are accused of trying to kill former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with Novichok in the English city of Salisbury on March 4, in an attack London believes was sanctioned by the Kremlin.

Dawn Sturgess, who died in July.

The Indian-origin top counter-terrorism officer said a Nina Ricci "Premier Jour" perfume bottle with a specially made poison applicator was recovered by police.

Later, Prime Minister Theresa May said the men were officers in Russia's military intelligence service, the GRU, acting on orders from senior Kremlin figures, accusations Moscow has rejected as unacceptable.

It was "unequivocally, crystal clear this was the act of the Russian state - two Russian nationals sent to Britain with the sole goal of carrying out a reckless assassination attempt", he said.

In an update to the House of Commons, British Prime Minister Theresa May pointed the finger of blame directly at the Russian government.

"Every Russian intelligence service makes uses of freelance agents in its operations, including those carried out overseas", said Mark Galeotti, an expert on Russia's intelligence and security agencies.

Security Minister Ben Wallace said that Putin was "ultimately" responsible for the poisoning in the southwestern city of Salisbury - prompting an angry response from Moscow.

Russian Federation needs data to confirm or deny the identification of suspects in the Salisbury Novichok attack, the country's presidential spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday.

"Neither the Russian leadership nor its representatives have anything to do with the events in Salisbury", he said.

The photos were among a cache of evidence when British authorities accused two Russian men, identified as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, of carrying out the attack.

Wallace told the BBC that Putin and his government "controls, funds and directs" the GRU.

He added: "The GRU is without doubt not rogue".

Sergei Skripal, who was poisoned in Salisbury earlier this year, used to work for the GRU.

Putin should take responsibility for the Novichok attack because his government "controls, funds and directs" the GRU intelligence service blamed for the poisoning, United Kingdom security minister Ben Wallace has said today.

Mr Basu said: "We do not believe Dawn and Charlie were deliberately targeted, but became victims as a result of the recklessness in which such a toxic nerve agent was disposed of". They flew with Aeroflot, a Russian airline.

British police have linked the Salisbury attack to a separate Novichok poisoning on June 30 in nearby Amesbury that led to the death of a 44-year-old woman.

Noted that these cameras allowed us to track the route of Alexander Petrov, and Ruslan Bashirov 3 and 4 March.

The offences include conspiracy to murder Sergei Skripal; the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal, Yulia Skripal and police officer Nick Bailey; the use and possession of Novichok contrary to the Chemical Weapons Act; and causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Yulia Skripal and Detective Sergent Nick Bailey.