Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Nerve agent WAS used to poison Russian spy and his daughter

Nerve agent WAS used to poison Russian spy and his daughter

The United Kingdom's military has been deployed to assist in the country's ongoing investigation into the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter in Salisbury last weekend.

Moscow, not only disputed the nationality of the spy but went a mile more claiming that he was attacked by the British counter-intelligence MI5, instead of British claims that Skirpal and his daughter were poisoned by nerve agents.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has described the attack as "outrageous".

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Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey was initially assumed to have been among those who came to the aid of the former MI6 agent and his 33-year-old daughter, Yulia, after they were found collapsed on a park bench shortly before 4pm on Sunday.

Salisbury District Hospital's director of nursing Lorna Wilkinson said Mr Bailey was in a serious but stable condition.

Hardest hit himself Skripal and his daughter Julia. But the possibility that the nerve agent may have been in Mr Skripal's home would further complicate that search.

Investigators are looking into several theories of when and where Skripal and his daughter were targeted by the nerve agent, including if it could have been slipped in via a package or spray at his home or administered at a Salisbury restaurant and pub they visited before they were found unconscious.

"This is very likely the Russians - you don't get nerve agent down the freezer aisle in Morrisons".

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Royal Marines from 40 Commando have also just completed the UK's biggest chemical warfare exercise - called Toxic Dagger - involving 300 personnel and including scientists from Porton Down.

Detectives have not yet revealed what kind of chemical was used.

Numerous military personnel will be working behind the scenes and helping the police with relatively straightforward tasks, such as securing sites and removing objects, including ambulances, for decontamination.

Police have cordoned off sites including ex-spy Sergei Skripal's house, a vehicle, the cemetery where his wife is buried, a restaurant and a pub.

Lord Blair, the former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "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". It's nearly like an act of war.

On Tuesday, British foreign minister Boris Johnson had said that British officials could boycott the tournament if Russian Federation is proved to be involved, while Royal family sources have said that Prince William, the president of the Football Association, would not attend the event.

There's a new theory now in the poisoning and attempted murder of former Russian double agent in Salisbury.

Asked if she would expel the ambassador, Mrs May said: 'We will do what is appropriate, we will do what is right, if it is proved to be the case that this is State sponsored.

Ms Rudd has refused to speculate on whether the Russian state might have been involved in the attack, saying the police investigation should be based on "facts, not rumour".

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