Salisbury Yellow, Scotland Yard: "The former Russian agent and daughter poisoned with nerve gas"
Counter-terrorism confirms the Guardian's indiscretions: "Sergej Skripal and his daughter Yulia, victims of an attempted murder". The two remain serious in the hospital as well as the first policeman intervened on the site of the illnesses
The toxic substance used to try to kill the former KGB spy , Sergej Skripal, and his daughter Yulia, seized by a mysterious illness last Sunday in Salisbury, England, would be a nerve agent . The indiscretion published by the Guardian, who cited sources of the investigation, was confirmed by Scotland Yard: the poisoning of the former Russian spy, said the counter-terrorism officer, Mark Rowley, was "an attempted murder" with a "nerve agent".
The conditions of the two victims, affected by a "deliberate action" and hospitalized in Salisbury, are called critiques. And in very serious conditions there is also the first agent arrived on the scene, also admitted to the hospital, as evidence of the power of the nerve gas used in the attack on Skripal. The results of the chemical and medical tests, as well as the effects on the victims, therefore indicate a nerve agent that could be VX or sarin. Mark Rowley of Scotland Yard, assisted by chief medical officer Sally Davis, stressed that "the poisoning at present presents modest risks to the public".
Serghei Skripal, 66, a former military intelligence officer in Moscow, unmasked twice as a British MI6 agent, was poisoned with his 33-year-old daughter Yulia in a mall in Salisbury, south of 'England, where they were found unconscious slumped on a bench. Moscow said it knew nothing and immediately offered its willingness to "cooperate" with the British on the case. But London responded with a stern warning from the Foreign Minister , Boris Johnson: "The British government considers premature to speculate on the disturbing incident, but if the suspicions of a state responsibility of Russia will be confirmed, London will react appropriately and solidly". The head of the Foreign Office then evoked the World Cup: "It would be difficult to proceed normally with the participation of England if new behaviors deemed hostile by Moscow emerge and in particular evidence of the involvement of the Russian state in the alleged poisoning".
This is not the first mysterious case of a series of poisonings against Russian citizens, which occurred in the United Kingdom of Russian citizens. For example, the case of Aleksandr Litvinenko, the former Soviet KGB spy who died in London in 2006 after drinking tea contaminated with radioactive polonium. The investigation by the British judiciary identified the executors in two other former Kremlin agents and the probable commissioner of Russian President Vladimir Putin or some of his close collaborators. Moscow denied any charges. Or the case of the umbrella with the tip dipped in a deadly dose of ricin that in 1978 killed the Bulgarian dissident Georgi Markov, surprised at a bus stop at the entrance of the Waterloo Bridge.
The British Labor opposition has in fact asked the Minister of the Interior Amber Ruddto review the case of 14 Russian exiles who died in Britain. "He will be aware of reports of considerable evidence on many of the 14 cases that have raised serious doubts about the decision to treat them as suicides, deaths due to natural causes or accidents - he said Rudd, Yvette Cooper, who presides
the Internal Affairs Committee of the House of Commons - These tests raise questions about the soundness of police investigations. Certainly - he continued - a review of all these cases and the decisions taken would be a path of prudent action ".