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    The town of Salisbury made headlines in March as its image was marred by a purported poisoning attack on former Russian intelligence agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Despite the fact the pair is said to be recovering, businesses in the city have been affected by the incident.

    Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall began their visit to Salisbury by meeting workers at shops next to the spot where the Skripals were found collapsed and continued past the Zizzi restaurant where the attacked pair ate, into the Guildhall Square, where they were greeted by a cheering crowd waving Union Jack flags.

    "We are absolutely delighted to welcome the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to Salisbury in support of its recovery and to help boost visitors to the center. Whilst the recovery work is well under way, there is still a lot to be done and this visit is a real boost for the city,” Alistair Cunningham, chairman of the recovery coordinating group, said.

    The Royal couple came to the city to show support and boost tourism and trade in the city as Salisbury is still recovering from the impact of March’s alleged poison attack on the Skripal family.

    Social media users have been sharing their emotions and pictures of the encounter with the Royal couple:

    The pair is said to have had a scheduled meeting with Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey who had also suffered from the effects of the nerve agent, allegedly used against the Skripals.

    READ MORE: G7 Statement Shows UK's Accusations Against Russia in Skripal Case Baseless

    In the wake of the alleged poisoning, medics claimed that Yulia and Sergei were in critical condition after being exposed to a military-grade nerve agent Novichok and might never recover.

    After spending a month in the hospital, the agent’s daughter woke up and regained the ability to speak; days later the Salisbury hospital announced that her father was no longer in critical condition and was recovering despite the initial claims.

    As the two were found unconscious in a Salisbury mall, the British authorities rushed to accuse Russia of “attempted murder,” ordering a massive expulsion of Russian diplomats from the country, thus prompting a wave of coordinated ousters of Russian diplomatic workers across western nations. Moscow, for its part, has denied any involvement in the incident, and took symmetric measures in response to the West’s actions.


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