United Kingdom deploys military experts in former Russian spy poising probe

10 March, 2018, 01:34 | Author: Kim Reid
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Sergei Skripal, 66, a former Russian intelligence officer now living in Britain, and his daughter, Yulia, 33, remain critically ill in hospital after being exposed to a nerve agent in Salisbury, in southern England.

As the military was mobilised to assist police in the huge investigation taking place in the Wiltshire cathedral city, it emerged that the detective who also fell ill as a result of being exposed to the poison may have come into contact with the substance while in Mr Skripal's home on Sunday evening.

Russian Federation has also denied any involvement in poisoning Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

March 4, 2018, unknown people poisoned Skripal and his daughter Yuliya with a strong nerve agent when they had dinner at the Zizzy restaurant in the British town of Salisbury.

About 180 troops have been brought in to help remove vehicles and potentially-contaminated objects around the crime scene due to their specialist knowledge, said police.

Royal Marines from 40 Commando have also just completed the UK's biggest chemical warfare exercise - called Toxic Dagger - involving 300 personnel and including scientists from Porton Down.

The public should not be alarmed and there is no evidence to suggest a wide public health risk at this time, the police added.

Detectives are retracing the movements of Sergei and Yulia Skripal as they try to discover how the toxin was administered and where it was manufactured.

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Police have cordoned off sites including ex-spy Sergei Skripal's house, a auto, the cemetery where his wife is buried, a restaurant and a pub.

A policeman from local force, Nick Bailey who attended the scene in Salisbury, remained in hospital in a serious condition, British media reported.

Blair told BBC radio that Det.

Police officer Nick Bailey, who was at the scene on Sunday, has been discharged from intensive care. "There may be some clues floating around in here".

She said the incident was "a stark reminder, if ever one was needed, of the risky situations our emergency services face and the dedication and courage they display every day in order to keep us safe".

Mr Skripal was jailed in Russian Federation for treason after passing state secrets to MI6 in 2006, before being given refuge in the United Kingdom as part of a spy swap eight years ago.

The bench where the Skripals were found unconscious as well as Sergei's home, vehicle and a restaurant and pub have been cordoned off amid the investigation.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow was "ready to consider" lending a hand, "whether it's poisoning of some British subjects, whether it's rumors about interference in the US election campaign".

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However, Lavrov stated that if British authorities were interested in cooperating with Russian Federation in relation to any case, "be it poisoning of British subjects, be it rumors of interfering in U.S. campaign, if help is really needed, we are ready to look at such possibility".

Vladimir Putin, the president, made veiled threats against Russians who spied for foreign powers in 2010 and follows the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, using radioactive material slipped into his tea in 2006.

Johnson told Parliament on March 6 that Britain might step up sanctions against Russian Federation if it finds that Moscow was involved.

The police officer, who was also part of the initial response, is conscious in a serious but stable condition.

Colonel Skripal was convicted of treason in 2006 and jailed for 13 years for selling secrets to MI6, which had recruited him in the 1990s.

Channel One anchorman Kirill Kleimenov said in the Wednesday broadcast that he didn't wish death or suffering on anyone but wanted those "who dream of such a career" to know that traitors rarely live long.

"In terms of further options, that will have to wait until we're absolutely clear what the consequences could be and what the actual source of this nerve agent has been".

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