United Kingdom deploys military in Russian Federation spy attack probe

11 March, 2018, 01:08 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Members of the Falcon Squadron Royal Tank Regiment at Winterbourne Gunner southern England conducting final preparation and training before deploying in support of the civil authorities in Salisbury city centre Friday

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said enormous resources are being devoted to determining who poisoned Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia.

"In terms of further options, that will have to wait until we're absolutely clear what the consequences could be, and what the actual source of this nerve agent has been", Rudd said after visiting Salisbury and seeing the area around the bench where Skripal was found, now covered by a police forensics tent.

About 180 troops have been sent to the southwestern English town to remove vehicles involved in the incident as well as objects that could have been contaminated.

He was pardoned before being flown to Britain as part of a high-profile spy swap involving Russian Federation and the United States in 2010.

Possible responses include the expulsion of some of Russia's 58 diplomats, some kind of boycott of the 2018 football World Cup or an increased British military presence in Eastern Europe. "This was attempted murder in the most cruel and public way".

"Something is wrong there".

"Something's not right there, maybe it's the climate, but in the past few years there have been a lot of unusual occurrences there with a bad outcome".

They remain in hospital in a "very serious" condition five days on.

United Kingdom deploys military in Russian Federation spy attack probe
United Kingdom deploys military in Russian Federation spy attack probe

Nick Bailey, one of the first officers on the scene, is also being treated but is sitting up and talking after initially being admitted to intensive care.

Officials said 21 people in Salisbury had received medical treatment as a result of the nerve agent, including a police officer who was in serious condition.

To recall, 21 people sought medical treatment after the poisoning of former GRU Colonel Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yuliya.

Vladimir Putin, the president, made veiled threats against Russians who spied for foreign powers in 2010 and follows the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, using radioactive material slipped into his tea in 2006. "People hang themselves, fall out of windows, are poisoned, or crash in helicopters in simply industrial quantities". No cause of death was determined in either case.

Nearly 200 specialists from the RAF and Marines began removing contaminated materials to be sent for analysis at the nearby Porton Down defence laboratory, seven days after the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal, the Russian double agent.

Skripal betrayed dozens of Russian agents to British intelligence before his arrest in 2004. "Once these are established, then and only then, will an appropriate and proportionate course of action be taken", the lawmaker said. "You could not only expel the ambassador but drain the swamp of all these guys that MI5 are tracking around London or wherever".

According to previous reports by Russia's state news agency RIA Novosti, Skripal had spied for Britain as an intelligence officer during the 1990s and he had continued to communicate with British foreign intelligence agency MI6 after his retirement in 1999. In 2010, President Dmitry Medvedev pardoned him, after which, in the framework of exchange of spies with the U.S., he was sent to the United Kingdom, where he was granted asylum.

On Friday, police launched an inquiry in the cemetery where Skripal's Russian's wife and son were laid to rest.


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