Pressure mounts for England to boycott World Cup over nerve agent poisoning
Pressure mounts for England to boycott World Cup over nerve agent poisoning
Nerve Agents: What are they?
10 March, 2018, 01:54
The investigation into poisoning of former Russian military intelligence (GRU) Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia mirrors the case of former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko who was poisoned in London in 2006, Russia's embassy to the United Kingdom wrote on its Twitter page on Friday.
There were calls for a bravery award for Sergeant Nick Bailey, 38, who was struck down by a nerve agent as he fought to save Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, 33, after they were targeted in an assassination attempt.
Local media reports said Friday around 100 military personnel have been deployed in Salisbury to help the police investigation into the incident that caused the injury of a total of 21 people who had been seen for medical treatment in the aftermath of the incident. She said Britain would respond strongly when it is clear who's to blame. Although the global community has accused Russian Federation of trying to "assassinate" Skripal and his daughter, President Vladimir Putin's spokesperson Dmitry Peshkov said that it was a tragic incident and Moscow had no information about him.
She said it was an "outrageous crime" and using a nerve agent on British soil was a "brazen and reckless act" that was "attempted murder in the most cruel and reckless way".
Nerve agents are highly toxic chemicals that disrupt the nervous system and shut down bodily functions.
But a former head of Scotland Yard revealed yesterday that the officer, who is conscious but remains seriously ill in hospital, may have fallen ill after visiting Mr Skripal's detached house close to the city centre during initial investigations within the first hours of the father and daughter being found. Sergei and Yulia Skripal last night remained critically ill but stable. He is said to be in a serious condition, but is able to talk. Officials did not immediately explain how the others might have been exposed to the substance. Health officials insist there has only been a low risk to the public.
Rudd said: "At the moment our priority is going to be the incident, which is why I'm here in Salisbury today, making sure that everybody's protected around the incident, making sure the emergency services have had the support that they need and will continue to get it".
Home Secretary Rudd said that Britain was trying to ascertain the source of the nerve agent used against Skripal.
'But if we are to be rigorous in this investigation, we must avoid speculation and allow the police to carry on their investigation.
"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". Skripal settled in Britain in 2010 as a part of the "Illegal Programme Spy Swap" between Moscow and London.
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.
National counter-terrorism police have taken over the case, and on Wednesday confirmed that a nerve agent was used, adding they were treating the attack as attempted murder.
A British public inquiry found that Russia was responsible for Litvinenko's killing, and that Russian President Vladimir Putin probably approved it.
Russian Federation has strongly denied any role in the incident.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has warned that any involvement of a foreign government in the incident in Salisbury would not go unpunished.
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