Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

United Kingdom vows action over ex-spy poisoning as police confirm 21 treated

United Kingdom vows action over ex-spy poisoning as police confirm 21 treated

British police requested military assistance in investigating a nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent as speculation mounted Friday about how London could respond if a state actor were to blame.

It is thought their deaths are forming part of the Met Police Counter Terror team's investigations into the attack on Mr Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, on Sunday.

Skripal and his daughter Yulia were admitted to Salisbury District Hospital in critical condition, earlier this week.

British police now say a total of roughly 21 people have sought treatment after a nerve agent was used to attack and ex-Russian spy and his daughter.

Former Russian military security colonel Mr Skripal, 66, was convicted by the Russian government of passing secrets to MI6, but given refuge in the United Kingdom in 2010 as part of a "spy swap". He had been living quietly in Salisbury, a cathedral city 90 miles southwest of London.

Hundreds of investigators, led by counter-terror police, are working to find out who is responsible for what is feared to be a sophisticated plot amid heightened tensions between Britain and Russian Federation.

The specific goal of the military's deployment is unknown, but the statement from Metropolitan Police added that the army would "remove a number of vehicles and objects from the scene in Salisbury town centre".

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The video shows the military convoy believed to be heading to the hospital, part of an operation to remove a police auto from the crematorium. The expert advice is that there is no evidence to suggest a wider public health risk at this time.

That's right folks - on Thursday, amid an investigation into the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, the Russian Embassy, U.K. official Twitter account chose to weigh in on the attempted murder British officials are eyeing Moscow for.

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At the graveyard, forensic officers in protective gear could be seen erecting a blue tent on Friday. He is now able to talk though his condition remains serious, interior minister Amber Rudd said on Thursday. Also in the scene were hospitalized police Sergeant nick Bailey. "There may be some clues floating around in here".

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"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.

"Of course we should exercise caution before jumping to any conclusions but, whoever is responsible - and there are not 101 likely offenders - this is an outrageous affront to our security in Europe and our way of life", said Rob Wainwright, executive director of Europol and a former MI5 analyst.

Yet as the Post adds, British authorities attached strong words to their suspicions.

The circumstances of the attack, and its echoes of the fatal poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko in 2006, have prompted questions over the Government's response if the evidence points to a state-sponsored assassination plot.

A British public inquiry found that Russia was responsible for Litvinenko's killing, and that Russian President Vladimir Putin probably approved it.

Mr Pritchard also thanked the numerous people who paid tribute to their "courageous" friend. For example, the Skripals had symptoms that were consistent with poisoning by one of these agents.

Those deaths plus the unexpected demise of one of his brothers in Russian Federation have led to reports that the whole family was targeted by the Kremlin for attack.

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