Britain Sends Specialist Troops To City Where Russian Double Agent Poisoned

Britain Sends Specialist Troops To City Where Russian Double Agent Poisoned

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British police extended their search for those behind a nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent as speculation mounted Friday about how London could respond if a state actor were to blame.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd was to chair the meeting of the committee, known as COBRA, at 1500 GMT to receive updates on the police case, the government said.

An ex-Russian spy and his daughter are in serious condition after they were allegedly poisoned by a nerve agent, British authorities announced earlier this week.

Ms Petrova said her friend had got on well with Mr Skripal but had "not been drawn to England" when her father was handed over by Russian Federation in an exchange in Vienna in 2010.

Rudd visited several of the sites cordoned off by investigators before heading to Salisbury District Hospital.

Skripal served four years of a 13 year sentence in Russian Federation after he was caught spying for MI6 and was released as part of a spy exchange in 2010, when he was given refuge in the UK.

Military vehicles arrived at Salisbury District Hospital, where the victims are being treated, to take away a police auto.

Bob Seely, a Conservative lawmaker and member of the foreign affairs select committee, said the United Kingdom should be cautious about apportioning blame but said circumstantial evidence did raise suspicions of Russian involvement. British authorities have not disclosed what nerve agent was involved.

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Government minister John Glen, the member of parliament for Salisbury, said a "whole range of tools are at our disposal" once it is established who was behind the incident. They called on anyone who visited the area on Sunday, including a branch of the Zizzi restaurant chain or the nearby Bishop's Mill pub, to come forward with any information that might help them piece together what happened.

A spokesman described comments by UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who vowed a "robust response" in the event that state involvement was proved, as "strongly anti-Russian".

Moscow accused British politicians and journalists of whipping up anti-Russian sentiment.

To recall, 21 people sought medical treatment after the poisoning of former GRU Colonel Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yuliya. However, he was delivered to the U.K.in 2010 after a spy swap.

Kleymenov said that they will not be safe, and advised those who have betrayed the Russian motherland not to choose Britain as a safe place to live, as too many "strange" incidents have occurred in recent years that had unsafe outcomes.

Suspicion is mounting that Russian Federation carried out the attempt on their lives as an act of revenge against the former intelligence officer, who was convicted in 2006 of selling state secrets to MI6.

A British public inquiry said Litvinenko's killing had probably been approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin and carried out by two Russians, Dmitry Kovtun and Andrei Lugovoy.

The circumstances of the attack, and its echoes of the fatal poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko in 2006, have prompted questions over the Government's response if the evidence points to a state-sponsored assassination plot.

She said 240 witnesses had been identified and 250 officers from eight out of 11 of the country's counter-terrorism units were handling the case with "speed and professionalism".

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