>> The world's chemical wespons watchdog has backed Britain's analysis of the nerve agent used to poison a Russian former spy last month. The OPCW said Thursday Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were poisoned with military grade novaichok. Britan has blamed Russia fot the attack in the English town of Salisbury.
But while OPCW agreed that a state was likely involved, it didn't assign blame. Yulia Skripal, meanwhile, has turned down an offer of assistance from the Russian Embassy. She said her father remains seriously ill. And she's still suffering side effects of the nerve agent attack that the UK has blamed on Russia.
Her statement was issued late Wednesday by British police. But the Russian Embassy said it was clearly fake and strengthened its belief that Yulia Skripal has been abducted by Britain. It has repeatedly asked for consular access to her. Skripal said she had access to friends and family, which the embassy said it doubted.
Russia has suggested the British might have staged the whole incident to drum up Anti-Russian sentiment. Father and daughter were critically ill for weeks after the attack. Yulia was discharged this week, and is now in a secret, secure location.>> The attack on Sergei->> The head of Britain's GCHQ spy agency waded into the spat Thursday, saying the poisoning showed, quote, how reckless Russia is prepared to be.