The Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal, condemned in 2006 for revealing identities of or Russian agents and refugee in United Kingdom, and his daughter Yulia were deliberately poisoned with nerve gas. This has been revealed by British police, which claims to have identified toxin used, but has avoided providing more details about exact nature of substance to which both were exposed this Sunday in a shopping mall in Wiltshire, in south of England, and because of which y remain still in critical condition.More information
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Skripal and his daughter, aged 66 and 33, were victims of "an assassination attempt by administration of a nervous agent," said British anti-terrorist police chief Mark Rowley, during a meeting with press in London. The first policeman to go to bank where Convalecía couple, has revealed Rowley, is also "severely ill" in hospital for his exposure to substance.
Russian military with rank of colonel, Skripal was convicted of "high treason in form of espionage" to 13 years in prison, by passing to British intelligence Service, ML6, identities of Russian agents working in a covert way in Europe. In July 2010, he was released in a spy exchange between Russia and United States, and moved to United Kingdom, where he has maintained a low profile for eight years.
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The chemical analyses of samples and effects on victims point to a sophisticated nervous toxin, such as sarin gas or VX. It is considered a weapon of mass destruction by UN and its manufacture is prohibited under Chemical armaments Convention, except for research, medical or pharmaceutical uses. This was substance used to assassinate Kim Jong-nam, bror of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, in February of last year in Kuala Lumpur.
"Having determined that cause of symptoms is a nervous agent, I can also confirm that two people who fell ill were targeted for an attack," said Rowley, who has assured that re is no indication of a health risk for Public. The investigation is still open and police have appealed to citizen's collaboration to look for witnesses of facts, while y are reviewing recordings of security cameras of Maltings mall.
The head of Interior, Amber Rudd, chaired on Wednesday morning a meeting of Inter-Ministerial Emergency committee of Cobra, which underlined importance of United Kingdom responding to evidence arising from case, which is currently in hands of Scotland Yard Counter-terrorism unit.
From government it is called not to draw precipitate conclusions, but suspicions that Russian intelligence is behind an attack reminiscent of that in 2006 ended life of Alexander Litvinenko, anor Russian ex-spy poisoned on ground British, from which an official investigation responsible to Kremlin.