Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

United Kingdom deploys military in Russian Federation spy attack probe

United Kingdom deploys military in Russian Federation spy attack probe

Skripal's daughter is thought to be one of the few members of his immediate family still alive after his wife, Lyudmila, and son Alexander died in recent years.

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, who was part of the initial response by authorities, is also in a serious condition. His son Alexander, 43, died while on holiday in St. Petersburg a year ago after reportedly suffering from liver failure.

On Friday, police launched an inquiry in the cemetery where Skripal's Russian's wife and son were laid to rest.

Investigators have been summoned for emergency talks on the crisis in Salisbury, where the fallout from a suspected nerve agent attack continues to widen.

Meanwhile, around 180 troops - from Royal Marines to RAF Regiment and chemical warfare specialists - have been deployed to the area following a Scotland Yard request for special aid.

He arrived in the UK in 2010 as part of a spy swap between the United States and Russian Federation, when the two countries exchanged agents on chartered planes on a runway at an airport in Vienna, Austria.

In an update to parliament yesterday, Rudd said that the individuals remain unconscious and "in a critical but stable condition".

In 2006, Skripal was convicted in Russian Federation of being a double agent and secretly passing classified information to British intelligence.

Police said a nerve agent was used to deliberately poison the Skripals - and both are in comas fighting for their lives along with a policeman who was first on the scene.

"So there may be some clues floating around in here".

During a visit to Salisbury on Friday, Amber Rudd, Britain's home secretary, warned against jumping to conclusions.

"We will have to wait until we're absolutely clear what the consequences could be, and what the actual source of this nerve agent has been", Rudd said.

There is also no suggestion that anyone dining at the time had anything to do with the nerve agent. But analysts say that if it is rare, it could help to narrow down which laboratory it was made in.

She said the government was using "enormous resources" to try to identify those responsible for the attempted murder.

He said: "There obviously are some indications the officer, and I'm very sorry that he has been injured, has actually been to the house, whereas there was a doctor who looked after the patients in the open who hasn't been affected at all". "This comes from one or two places in the world, and one of them is the Russians".

Bob Seely, a Conservative lawmaker and member of the foreign affairs select committee, said the United Kingdom should be cautious about apportioning blame but said circumstantial evidence did raise suspicions of Russian involvement. The Kremlin has denied any involvement in the incident and says anti-Russian hysteria is being whipped up by the British media.

On Friday, Russian Foreign Ministry Sergey Lavrov said Russia was ready to assist "any investigation" but that it was "not necessary to hurl unfounded accusations on TV".

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