Former Russian Spy Poisoned By Nerve Agent, UK Investigators Say

Nerve Agents: What are they?

Nerve Agents: What are they?

During the attempted poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal in the British city of Salisbury, injured 20 people, including the daughter of Yulia Skripal and Sergeant nick Bailey.

Police haven't provided details on the nerve agent that was used, and the ex-spy and his daughter remain in critical condition. A police officer who helped investigate is in serious condition, and a total of 21 people have received medical treatment.

Mr Skripal, 66, was convicted by the Russian government of passing secrets to MI6, but given refuge in the United Kingdom in 2010 as part of a "spy swap". He had been living quietly in Salisbury, a cathedral city 90 miles southwest of London. The Metropolitan Police said the units were called in because they had "the necessary capability and expertise".

Sergai Skripal was poisoned on Sunday.

About 180 troops have been brought in to help remove vehicles and potentially-contaminated objects around the crime scene due to their specialist knowledge, said police.

The video shows the military convoy believed to be heading to the hospital, part of an operation to remove a police vehicle from the crematorium. When a nerve agent inhibits acetylcholinesterase, the neurotransmitter builds up and causes excessive nerve stimulation.

Detectives are retracing the movements of Sergei and Yulia Skripal as they try to discover how the toxin was administered and where it was manufactured.

Police have cordoned off the graves of his wife and son, who died since his move to England, suggesting that the bodies could be disinterred for examination.

"As demonstrated during the FIFA Confederations Cup a year ago, Russia's already high security standards have been and are continuously adapted to meet the specific needs of such major sporting events".

"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".

At the graveyard, forensic officers in protective gear could be seen erecting a blue tent on Friday.

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She said that enormous resources were being used to determine who poisoned Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia.

Det Sgt Nick Bailey - who attended the scene on Sunday - is stable and conscious but is "very anxious" about being exposed to a nerve agent.

"There may be some clues floating around in here", Blair said.

Nerve agents are highly toxic chemicals that disrupt the nervous system and shut down bodily functions.

"These are the kinds of political and symbolic responses that have an impact on bilateral relations but not on the issue itself", said Boulegue, adding that ties were already so bad that this would be "another drop in an already very full cup". Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned in London in 2006, in an attack that a British government investigation later concluded was "probably approved" by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"We're accused not only of this, but we are accused of everything that goes wrong on this planet, according to our Western partners", Lavrov said. He stressed: "What's interesting now is that this happens just before Russia's Presidential Election".

"Of course we should exercise caution before jumping to any conclusions but, whoever is responsible - and there are not 101 likely offenders - this is an outrageous affront to our security in Europe and our way of life", said Rob Wainwright, executive director of Europol and a former MI5 analyst.

Lavrov has been quoted as saying by state news agency Tass that "whether it's poisoning of some British subjects, whether it's rumors about interference in the USA election campaign, if assistance really is needed, then we are ready to consider its possibility".

Police are still looking into who was behind the attack, which they say specifically targeted the victims.

One anchorman on a state television news show began a report on Skripal's poisoning with a warning to anyone considering becoming a double agent.

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