George Galloway insists Russia isn't to blame for nerve agent attack
Outspoken politician George Galloway has told Good Morning Britain that he believes Russia is behind the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter. The former Labour MP says it is "unlikely" Russia is behind the incident.
"I have no idea who did the poisoning, but Russia must be near the bottom of the list," he told hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid.
He said that Iran had previously produced the chemical, he added that it had been used in Uzbekistan, before pointing the finger at British biological warfare base Porton Down which is a few miles from Salisbury.
He dismissed allegations that Putin had timed the poisoning to match up with his reelection or the World Cup.
"Neither you nor I know what this fellow has been doing, who he has been with for the last few years."
"You don't need to be Sherlock Holmes to work out who has been behind this," said former Labour advisor Dan Hodges.
"We've heard these conspiracy theories, it was Porton Down, it was the Iranians, it was the casts of Peaky Blinders. The reality is this was a Russian agent, killed with a Russian nerve agent - there is no doubt that Russia does possess this nerve agent - in a manner that is not dissimilar to assassinations that have been occurred and perpetrated in the UK by Russians."
Chemical warfare experts are continuing their investigation into the poisoning, Russia denies the allegations.