Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Medical | By Bryan Strickland

Russian spy poisoning search moves to Skripal's auto

Russian spy poisoning search moves to Skripal's auto

Highly toxic and banned in nearly all countries, nerve agents require expertise to manufacture - leading some to suspect whoever poisoned Skripal had the backing of a state. A man in his 60s and a women in her 30s remain in a critical, but stable condition in intensive care after being exposed to a nerve agent. He is said to be in a serious condition, but is able to talk.

The military personnel - drawn mostly from the Army, but also from the Royal Marines and RAF - are experts in chemical warfare and decontamination. The military was asked to help as they have "the necessary capability and expertise".

Police aid the counter-terrorism unit has requested the military's assistance "to remove a number of vehicles and objects from the scene", including ambulances that may have been contaminated while assisting the victims.

Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia remain critically ill after being found unconscious in Salisbury this week.

"British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said Thursday that authorities were avoiding speculation but that Britain "would respond in a robust and appropriate manner" and that it was committed to bringing the perpetrators to justice, 'whoever they are and wherever they may be'". Rhondda MP Chris Bryant, who chairs the all-party Parliamentary group on Russian Federation, said it would be "very difficult" for the England team to compete in the World Cup in Russian Federation this summer if Moscow is linked to the attack.

Last night Tory MP Sir Mike Penning, a former policing minister, said: "The bravery of officers like this needs to be recognised when this is all over".

Britain's chief medical officer, Sally Davies, said on March 8 that the general public was not necessarily at high risk, but experts said nerve agents are unsafe and extremely volatile.

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Public Heath England issued a statement, saying that the police are guarding Skripal's Salisbury residence and a yellow forensic tent has been set up there, as the police are trying to find out whether assailants attacked the double agent with radioactive polonium. She said Britain would respond strongly when it is clear who's to blame. The Kremlin has denied any involvement in the incident and says anti-Russian hysteria is being whipped up by the British media.

'Military assistance will continue as necessary during this investigation'. One Russian jet and a British jet landed on the tarmac of Vienna International Airport, where 10 passengers (read spies) from both exchanged their places.

Russian Federation has denied any involvement in "poison" attack on former spy. The two targets are still in very serious condition.

Nick Bailey is a sergeant for Wiltshire Police, who received an award in 2016 for helping to capture a rapist who was later jailed for more than 14 years. "But the best way to get to them is to make sure we give the police the space they need to really go through the area carefully, to do their investigation and to make sure that they have all the support that they need in order to get that".

Yesterday, the investigation had widened as police sealed off the graves of Skripal's wife, Liudmila, and his son, Alexander, and said 21 people had been treated as a result of the incident.

He was found guilty of passing the identities of Russian intelligence agents working undercover in Europe to Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, or MI6, in return for $100,000.

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