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UK home secretary visits city where ex-Russian spy poisoned

UK home secretary visits city where ex-Russian spy poisoned

Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, remain in critical condition after a mysterious poisoning. They diligently did their duty with a disregard for their own safety, showing exactly why we should always look to support these incredibly dedicated individuals, and take swift and robust action against those who seek to put them in harm's way.

Fellow Conservative MP Nick Boles tweeted that "I do not see how we can maintain diplomatic relations with a country that tries to murder people on British soil".

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said ministers, officials and dignitaries may not attend the event if there is evidence of state involvement in the incident. The response will be that Russian Federation will remember forever. The source also said it was likely to be rarer than sarin, made infamous by its recent use by government forces to attack rebels in Syria.

However, the Russian FM pointed out that Litvinenko's death, also blamed on Russia, hasn't been fully investigated.

"From the soldiers sent into Crimea in unmarked uniforms to the supposedly independent computer hackers who menace Estonia, it is often impossible to say with certainty that the Kremlin is involved".

Incidentally, Alexander Litvinenko was murdered at Millennium Hotel in London in 2006 soon after Skripal was imprisoned.

Ties have already worsened in recent years because of the imposition of European Union sanctions on Russian Federation over the conflict in Ukraine, a policy that Britain has been particularly hawkish on.

"If anyone's interested in our assistance with the investigation, whether it be on the poisoning of some subjects of the United Kingdom, or rumours on the interference in the affairs of the United States during the election campaign, or anything else".

Several areas in Salisbury remain under Police a cordon, including part of the Maltings Shopping centre, and Zizzi's pizza restaurant, and The Mill pub alongside the banks of the river Avon.

'Finding out where they were exposed will help with the investigation of who may have supplied [the nerve agent],' says Hay.

Longer term plans would include bolstering British military capabilities in Eastern Europe and lobbying North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in July for further reinforcements, it said.

Russian Federation has denied being behind the attack, but a presenter on state television warned this week that "traitors" that they should not settle in Britain or risk dying in "strange incidents".

Both denied responsibility and Russian Federation has refused to extradite them. "This is not serious, it is pure propaganda and whipping up hysteria", Lavrov said.

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.

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov confirmed the two top diplomats would not be meeting in Ethiopia, according to the state-run Tass news agency.

Mr Skripal betrayed dozens of Russian agents to British intelligence before his arrest in Moscow in 2004. Later in 2006, he was tried, convicted of high treason and imprisoned for 13 years. The senior intelligence officer with Russian military intelligence GRU, was pardoned in a spy swap in 2010 and settled in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

"The profession of a traitor is one of the most risky in the world", the presenter, Kirill Kleymenov, said on Channel One's Vremya news programme. They were arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2010. They have form in this, they have malign intent. Skripal had been "turned" by MI6 in 1995, the FSB said, and had been in contact with British agents at the Moscow embassy. It has spies spread across the world. Wiltshire police said a small number of emergency services personnel were examined immediately after the incident and all but one had been released from hospital.

Lyudmila Skripal died of cancer in 2012. A white and yellow police forensics tent covered the bench where Skripal was taken ill. His son died on a recent visit to Russian Federation.


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