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Vladimir Putin responsible for nerve agent attack on ex-spy, U.K. security chief says

Kremlin calls British allegations in Skripal poisoning case unacceptable
ABOVE: Kremlin calls British allegations in Skripal poisoning case unacceptable

Britain’s security minister says Russian President Vladimir Putin bears ultimate responsibility for the Novichok nerve agent attack carried out in England.

Ben Wallace told the BBC on Thursday that Putin and his government “controls, funds and directs the military intelligence” unit known as the GRU that Britain believes used Novichok to try to kill ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

READ MORE: Britain charges 2 Russians over nerve agent poisoning on ex-spy

Britain plans to press its case against Russia in the U.N. Security Council Thursday. Many Western countries have already imposed sanctions on Russia because of the attack.

Walls said the GRU is directly linked to Russia’s Defence Ministry, the Kremlin and Putin’s office.

WATCH: Britain says Russia’s Putin ‘likely’ made decision for nerve agent attack.

Britain says Russia’s Putin ‘likely’ made decision for nerve agent attack
Britain says Russia’s Putin ‘likely’ made decision for nerve agent attack

Britain on Wednesday announced charges against two suspected Russian agents in the March 4 attack on the Skripals in the city of Salisbury.

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WATCH: White House condemns nerve agent attack on ex-Russian spy in UK

White House condemns nerve agent attack on ex-Russian spy in UK
White House condemns nerve agent attack on ex-Russian spy in UK