Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Spy poisoning is latest in string of suspicious cases in UK

Spy poisoning is latest in string of suspicious cases in UK

It covered the latest police and intelligence reports from the town of Salisbury, where the military-supported investigation has turned to the cemetery where the ex-spy's wife and son are buried. It explained that the counterterrorism division had requested assistance from the military to "remove a number of vehicles and objects from the scene". Skripal's wife, Lyudmila, 59, died of cancer in 2012. His son Alexander, 43, died previous year.

Salisbury's London Road cemetery was cordoned off on Friday, but police confirmed officers were not exhuming a body.

Former GRU Skirpal is now fighting for life in hospital alongside his poisoned daughter after they were found on a bench in Salisbury, Wiltshire, on Sunday.

It later emerged that they had been poisoned by a nerve agent sparking a large-scale investigation that has widened to include a number of sites around the centre of the city, a vehicle belonging to Skripal, and the graves of his wife and son, Alexandr.

Personnel from the Royal Air Force, British Army and Royal Navy were among those sent to Salisbury on Friday, a Ministry of Defence spokesman told CNN.

"What we see is only news reports. saying that if it is Russian Federation, then a response is going to be given that Russian Federation is going to remember forever".

In 2006, Skripal was convicted in Russian Federation of being a double agent and secretly passing classified information to British intelligence. However, he was delivered to the 2010 after a spy swap.

Skripal and his daughter remain in critical condition in Salisbury.

Rudd will chair a meeting of the government's Cobra committee later on Saturday to receive updates on the police case. "There may be some clues floating around in here", he said of Skripal's house.

Mrs Rudd had earlier visited Salisbury and the hospital where DS Bailey is receiving treatment.

He said: "Having established that a nerve agent was the cause of the symptoms, leading us to treat this as attempted murder, I can also confirm that we believe the two people who originally became unwell were targeted specifically". But analysts say that if it is rare, it could help to narrow down which laboratory it was made in.

The Times newspaper said police were probing whether Skripal's daughter, who arrived in Britain from Moscow last week, may have inadvertently brought in the nerve agent as a gift. More than 240 pieces of evidence have been collected and 200 witnesses have been identified, she said.

"She's not a typical Russian", Petrova said. "You don't get nerve agent down at the freezer of Morrisons", he told Sky News, referring to a British grocery store. Anti-contamination measures have been taken at places the father and daughter visited before they fell ill. The Kremlin has denied any involvement in the incident and says anti-Russian hysteria is being whipped up by the British media. "We are accused of everything bad that happens in the world by our Western partners", Sergei Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, said at a news conference Friday.

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