Military aids police in spy poison probe

Casey Dawson
March 11, 2018

The use of a nerve agent - with its last known use in a targeted attack against the Kim Jong-nam, the estranged brother of North Korea's leader - and Mr Skripal's past have suggested that the Russian state was involved in the attack.

They remain in hospital in a "very serious" condition five days on.

"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.

Police also extended the cordon around the modest suburban home of Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, as Home Secretary Amber Rudd visited the city, calling the attack "outrageous".

A total of 21 people have received medical treatment.

"Someone has come onto our soil. has recklessly, brazenly, committed what looks like a very nasty crime, with a nerve agent prohibited, by most global laws. and has potentially put lots of people at risk", he said.

Government experts have identified the substance, which will help identify the source, but have not made the information public. "He did his very best on that night".

The government will not act precipitously, he said, but will examine the facts rationally. Some called for investigations to be re-opened into the deaths of Russian exiles in Britain in recent years.

The Russian spy's daughter who was caught up in a poisoning attack in Salisbury had "not done anything to deserve" her illness, her friend has said.

Rudd urged people to keep a cool head and focus on the Salisbury incident.

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Speaking in Berlin on Thursday, Litvinenko's window, Marina, told CNN there was a "similarity of a way to assassinate" between the attack on Skripal and the case of her husband.

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

Skripal betrayed dozens of Russian agents to British intelligence before his arrest in Moscow in 2004. Lugovoy is an ex-KGB bodyguard who later became a member of parliament.

Russian Federation refused to extradite the main suspect, former Russian Federation agent Andrey Lugovoy, to the United Kingdom to face charges.

Authorities are racing to identify the nerve agent used against the 66-year-old Skripal, who came to Britain in a spy swap in 2010, as politicians warned it showed the hallmarks of an attack by Russian Federation.

"As the immediate shock and concern regarding the incident recede and we reflect on what has happened, I suspect that these feelings we hold will give way to a genuine anger at the audacity of what has taken place within our city", Glen said on his official Facebook page.

In Russia, some media took an nearly jocular tone.

A Russian TV news reporter, Kirill Kleymenov, on Russia's state-owned Channel One's Vremya, had given what appears to be a vile threat and a warning to those who have committed treason (traitors) against Russia that are living in Britain, saying that it won't be a safe haven, the reported. "Maybe it's the climate, but in recent years there have been too many odd incidents with grave outcomes there".

The presenter referred to a series of events in which people were hanged, poisoned, died in helicopter crashes and fell out of windows.

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