Former Russian Spy Poisoned By Nerve Agent, UK Investigators Say
10 March, 2018, 01:57 | Author: Bert Pena
Britain warned Russian Federation on Tuesday of a robust response if the Kremlin was behind a mysterious illness that has struck down a former double agent convicted of betraying dozens of spies to British intelligence. oreign Secretary Boris Johnson named Sergei Skripal, once a colonel in Russia's GRU military intelligence service, and his daughter Yulia as the two people who were found unconscious on Sunday on a bench outside a shopping centre in southern England.
Ministers in Britain are under pressure to order England boycott the World Cup in Russian Federation this summer, as tensions mount over the poisoning in Shropshire of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter were exposed to what police said was an unknown substance in the city of Salisbury. The alleyway connects the branch of Zizzi and a bench where the pair are later found. They will help with the removal of contaminated items linked to the crime.
United Kingdom authorities have identified the police officer who was injured when he came to the aid of a Russian spy and his daughter who were attacked with a deadly, rare nerve agent.
Temporary chief constable of Wiltshire police Kier Pritchard said: "I have visited Nick in hospital this afternoon and I can confirm that he is conscious, talking and engaging with people".
Britain's counterterrorism unit took over the investigation Tuesday. Analysts say Britain has multiple options including sanctions to respond to the attack.
"Sensitive Site Exploitation" will look for any further traces of the nerve agent.
British authorities say they have identified the substance as a rare nerve agent, which experts say should help identify the source, but they have not named it publicly.
"There was no evidence of a wider threat to public safety, he said". Samples from the scene are being tested at Porton Down, Britain's military research laboratory, the BBC said.
"In essence what they do is to block the mechanism that allows a nerve to reset itself after a signal has been transmitted", he said.
Speaking to reporters during a visit to Ethiopia, Lavrov said Russian officials have seen no concrete evidence or "facts" about what happened to Skripal and his daughter.
Firefighters, police officers and ambulance crews in regular uniforms stood nearby in Salisbury's London Road cemetery.
Analyst Boulegue said it would be "extremely difficult" to pinpoint who committed the attack, and that the response could be a lot more complicated if it turned out that internal factions were responsible.
Sergei Viktrovich Skripal was born in the Soviet Union on June 23, 1951. He also taught at the Russian Defence Ministry's defense academy in Moscow. Moscow has reiterated it is prepared to cooperate with a British investigation. The returning spies were greeted as heroes in Moscow. According to one former senior security official, Skripal was still valuable for "friendly' spying agencies". Later in 2006, he was tried, convicted of high treason and imprisoned for 13 years.
"The spy caused significant damage to Russia's ability to defend itself and to state security", the FSB said at the time, Itar-Tass reported.
"As both the Prime Minister and Home Secretary have said, if a state actor is found to be responsible, there will be an appropriate response".
Dubbed the "illegals", some of the Russians had spent years quietly collecting information and trying to meet Americans with political ties.
Per the Independent, Skripal "was given refuge in Britain after being exchanged in 2010 for Russian agents caught in the West as part of a Cold War-style swap in Vienna". Mrs May said: "Depending on what comes out in relation to the investigation into the attack on the two individuals that took place in Salisbury.it might be appropriate to look at whether ministers and other dignitaries should attend the World Cup in Russian Federation".
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