It is now clear that Mr Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a military grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia. This is part of a group of nerve agents known as Novichok. Based on the positive identification of this chemical agent by world leading experts at the Defense, Science, and Technology Laboratory at our knowledge that Russia has previously produced this agent and would still be capable of doing so.
Russia's record of conducting state sponsored assassinations and our assessment that Russia views some defectors as legitimate targets for assassinations, the government has concluded that it is highly likely that Russia was responsible for the act against Sergei and Julia Skripal. Mr Speaker, there are therefore only two plausible explanations for what happened in Salisbury on the 4th of March.
Either this was a direct act by the Russian state against our country or the Russian government lost control of its potentially catastrophically damaging nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others. I think we must all be very well aware of the various ways in which Russia is affecting activity across the continent and elsewhere.
There can be no question of business as usual with Russia.>> Hear.>> Hear.