Sergei Skipal: Military deployed to Salisbury to examine nerve agent case

10 March, 2018, 03:06 | Author: Judith Dennis
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One theory is that 66 year old Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who's 33, were both contaminated at his house off Wilton Road.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd is in Salisbury on Friday following the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter, who were found slumped on a park bench.

About 180 military personnel have been deployed to Salisbury to help in the investigation into the attempted murder of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter.

A key element of the investigation being led by Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism command has been to retrace the movements of the pair last weekend to establish just where they might have come into contact with the poison. Although the global community has accused Russian Federation of trying to "assassinate" Skripal and his daughter, President Vladimir Putin's spokesperson Dmitry Peshkov said that it was a tragic incident and Moscow had no information about him.

According to the hospital authorities, doctors managed to identify the nerve agent that was used on the father-daughter duo, but didn't reveal its name.

Nerve agents are highly toxic chemicals that resist the functioning of the nervous system and can be fatal. A police officer who responded at the scene is also in serious condition and is being treated in intensive care. Officials did not immediately explain how the others might have been exposed to the substance.

There is little risk to the wider public, say local health officials.

With police also hurt in the attack, pressure is intensifying on Prime Minister Theresa May to find and punish the culprits. This was attempted murder in the most cruel and public way.

"But if we are to be rigorous in this investigation, we must avoid speculation and allow the police to carry on their investigation".

Britain vowed Thursday to act "without hesitation" if a state is found responsible for a nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent, as police said 21 people in total had received medical treatment following the incident.

Skripal had been arrested in Moscow in December 2004, and convicted by a Moscow military court in August 2006 of "high treason in the form of espionage".

Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) alleged he had begun working for MI6 while serving in the army in the 1990s.

The incident has been likened to the case of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who died in London in 2006 after drinking green tea laced with radioactive polonium-210.

Russian Federation has strongly denied any role in the incident.

However, he told Sky News: "Regardless of whether the Russians are involved in this case, they are fighting a new Cold War against us and you need to wisen up to that fact". He also suggested that Britain could reconsider the participation of its officials in the soccer World Cup in Russian Federation this summer.

"What we see is only news reports. saying that if it is Russian Federation, then a response is going to be given that Russian Federation is going to remember forever".

The Financial Times said on Friday citing security officials that Skripal continued to provide information to western intelligence agencies after arriving in the United Kingdom in 2010.

And he cautioned on Russian Channel One's flagship news show, "Whatever the reasons, whether you're a professional traitor to the motherland or you just hate your country in your free time, I repeat, no matter, don't go to England".

"If Russia's help is genuinely needed, we will be willing to consider this possibility if we have the necessary information", Lavrov said.



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