Russian spy: Foreign minister says Russia willing to help in inquiry

Russian spy: Foreign minister says Russia willing to help in inquiry

The hospital reportedly stated that Sergei and Yulia were found unconscious on a bench near a shopping centre in Salisbury on Sunday (March 4) afternoon.

Skripal and Yulia remain in a serious condition along with a police officer who came in contact with the same substance.

As uncertainty lingered over their fate, police said a total of 21 people had been seen for medical treatment in the aftermath of the incident.

Russian Federation has denied responsibility for the attack, which comes seven years after Mr Skripal was released from the country as part of a spy swap with the US. The 66-year-old former agent had been living quietly in Salisbury, 90 miles (140 kilometres) southwest of London. Mrs May said: "Depending on what comes out in relation to the investigation into the attack on the two individuals that took place in might be appropriate to look at whether ministers and other dignitaries should attend the World Cup in Russian Federation".

In 2004, Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) arrested Skripal and later on, he was sentenced to 13 years in prison for high treason.

About 180 troops including some with chemical expertise have been sent to the city to remove ambulances and other vehicles involved in the incident and other objects, Britain's ministry of defence and police said. Military vehicles arrived at Salisbury District Hospital, where the victims are being treated, to take away a police auto. But British health authorities say there is little risk to the wider public.

Detectives were retracing the Skripals' movements as they try to discover how the toxin was administered and where it was manufactured.

Police have cordoned off sites including Skripal's house, a auto, the cemetery where his wife is buried, a restaurant and a pub. Skripal's wife died shortly after her arrival in Britain from cancer, the Guardian newspaper reported. Alexander died a year ago at the age of 43.

Greene told Sky News that "Russia does seem like the most likely story" given "the fact that we have seen things like this before".

Sergei Skripal and his daughter are believed to be in comas after being exposed to a nerve agent. The officer has been named as police sergeant Nick Bailey. "There may be some clues floating around in here". 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.

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Meanwhile, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov called the parallels between the poisoning of Skripal and the murder of Litvinenko incongruous, as cited by Interfax.

"We're accused not only of this, but we are accused of everything that goes wrong on this planet, according to our Western partners", Lavrov said. Relations suffered further from Russia's annexation of Crimea and its military backing for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against rebels trying to topple him.

In response to questions over Russia's possible involvement, May has said that "if action needs to be taken then the government will do that".

Yet as the Post adds, British authorities attached strong words to their suspicions.

"We have the right people with the right skills to assist with this crucial inquiry", Williamson said.

A BuzzFeed News investigation says that US spy agencies had linked 14 deaths to Russian Federation — but United Kingdom police shut down the cases.

Mr Pritchard also thanked the numerous people who paid tribute to their "courageous" friend.

One anchorman on a state television news show began a report on Skripal's poisoning with a warning to anyone considering becoming a double agent.

The attack had the hallmarks of a well-planned hit with the backing of a powerful organisation aiming to intimidate opponents, not a lone actor, experts said in interviews with Reuters.

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