Russian spy: Troops deployed after Russian spy poisoning

10 March, 2018, 01:33 | Author: Diane Mills
  • EPA•REUTERSNorth Korea has been accused of playing a role in the poisoning of Mr Skripal

The 66-year-old Russian exile and his 30-year-old daughter, visiting from Moscow, were found unconscious on a bench in the British city of Salisbury last Sunday.

Skripal and Yulia remain in a serious condition along with a police officer who came in contact with the same substance. Skripal, who passed the identity of dozens of spies to the MI6 foreign intelligence agency, was given refuge in Britain after being exchanged in 2010 for Russian spies caught in the West as part of a Cold War-style spy swap at Vienna airport.

Valery Morozov, another former Russian intelligence officer who now lives in exile in Britain, said Skripal was still working with Russian military intelligence, Polygraph reported.

In 2004, Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) arrested Skripal and later on, he was sentenced to 13 years in prison for high treason.

The Metropolitan Police said the counter-terrorism unit has requested the military's assistance "to remove a number of vehicles and objects from the scene". Military vehicles arrived at Salisbury District Hospital, where the victims are being treated, to take away a police auto. Although there is no evidence of a widespread health hazard to the public, the local authorities have closed a restaurant temporarily as a precautionary measure.

President Vladimir Putin has yet to respond to the news that nerve agent was involved in the poisoning.

Detectives were retracing the Skripals' movements as they try to discover how the toxin was administered and where it was manufactured.

"As demonstrated during the FIFA Confederations Cup past year, Russia's already high security standards have been and are continuously adapted to meet the specific needs of such major sporting events".

"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", Mr Lavrov said during a visit to Addis Ababa.

At the graveyard, forensic officers in protective gear could be seen erecting a blue tent on Friday.

DETECTIVE Sergeant Nick Bailey has been named as the officer injured in the spy attack in Salisbury.

Sergei and Yulia Skripal
GETTYMr Skripal's daughter 33 is also in intensive care at Salisbury Hospital

"There may be some clues floating around in here", Blair said.

All nerve agents work in a similar way, by binding to cholinesterase enzymes and preventing them hydrolysing the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, shutting down thecentral nervous system.

British officials say they are consulting with their USA and European counterparts to discuss a coordinated response, if the Kremlin is found to have been involved in the assassination attempt.

Authorities haven't said who launched the attack, but United Kingdom officials have warned of a strong response if the Russian government is found to be responsible.

"We're accused not only of this, but we are accused of everything that goes wrong on this planet, according to our Western partners", Lavrov said.

The U.K. has vowed to take strong action against whoever was responsible for the "brazen and reckless" attack.

The Russian Embassy said on its Facebook account that the same way fake news are published about the Lavrov-Tillerson meeting, USA media speak about Russia's aggressive attitude towards the people in West Ghouta, in Syria.

Police are still looking into who was behind the attack, which they say specifically targeted the victims. He noted that the investigation into Litvinenko's death was never completed, yet Russian Federation was blamed for it.

The attempted murder of Mr Skripal has drawn comparisons to the 2006 assassination of Alexander Litvinenko, who ingested the rare and highly radioactive Polonium 210 in London.

One anchorman on a state television news show began a report on Skripal's poisoning with a warning to anyone considering becoming a double agent.

Greene also said that even if the attack was planned in Russian Federation, it may not have been ordered by the Kremlin.

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