UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced on March 14 that 23 Russian diplomats had a week to leave the country, blaming Moscow for Skripal's poisoning. The former Russian intelligence officer and his daughter were found slumped unconscious on a bench in Salisbury after being exposed to what UK experts have said was the Russian-developed military-grade nerve agent Novichok.
Russian officials have denied the accusations. Earlier this week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed that Moscow was ready to cooperate on the probe but needed to look at the samples of the substance in question.
On March 4, Sergei Skripal, who was accused of espionage on behalf of London and later granted asylum in the United Kingdom after a US-Russia spy exchange, and his daughter were found unconscious on a bench at a shopping center in Salisbury. Both of them remain in critical condition and are being treated for suspected exposure to a nerve agent.
Investigation is underway.
The high-profile Skripal case remains to dominate the global agenda after the UK led a number of Western states to expel Russian diplomats without providing any evidence of Moscow's alleged involvement in the poisoning of the former spy and his daughter in early March.
Shortly after regaining consciousness and the ability to talk, the daughter of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, Yulia, was released from the Salisbury hospital and transferred to an unknown facility, which is allegedly guarded by UK security officers.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Salisbury police station site, ambulance stations at Amesbury and Salisbury and the Maltings Park, which were the sites of the alleged chemical attack on Sergei Skripal, will be reopened in 2 months, the communications officer at the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) told Sputnik on Tuesday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Clean-up work is beginning in Salisbury, which was the site of the suspected nerve agent attack against former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, the UK government said on Tuesday.
In March, Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a bench at a shopping center in the UK city of Salisbury. About a month later, the hospital announced that the ex-spy was no longer in a critical condition.
Spiez Laboratory's report that it found traces of the NATO military-grade incapacitating agent BZ in its sample of the chemical used in the Skripal attack has left people in the UK and around the world rushing to find out more. Having dug through all the details, Sputnik has compiled everything you need to know about BZ.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Almost half of UK residents (46 percent) approve the steps taken by the country's Prime Minister Theresa May amid the poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal, a poll showed on Sunday.
London's case against Moscow over the Salisbury poisoning of a Russian ex-spy and his daughter continues to unravel. Sputnik looks at the top three odd new details in the affair.
The Russian Embassy in Britain has commented on what it described as an "unexpected discovery" made by Swiss experts during a probe into last month's alleged poisoning of Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Britain's Salisbury.
The United Kingdom has accused Moscow of poisoning ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal in the UK town of Salisbury with what UK experts have claimed was the A234 nerve agent, which had allegedly been produced in the Soviet Union.
The poisoning of ex-GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, UK on March 4 was quickly blamed on Russia by UK Prime Minister Theresa May, leading to a sharp deterioration in diplomatic ties. Moscow has denied any involvement in the incident and has repeatedly called for a joint investigation.
In a statement released by London's Metropolitan Police Wednesday, Yulia Skripal stated that she is "still suffering with effects of the nerve agent" and that her father, Sergei Skripal, is "still seriously ill."
The Russian Embassy in the UK tweeted a few letters of support, sent by British nationals, amid London's ongoing smear campaign against Moscow over the Skripal case.
British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, central to numerous diplomatic gaffes and author of various questionable statements, has expressed on Twitter his delight to the news Yulia Skripal has been discharged from the hospital. The comments to his post, however, appear much less cheerful.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian Embassy in London said that it had asked the UK Foreign Office for details about the reported interception of a Russian message to Moscow by a UK listening post on the day of the attack on former spy Sergei Skripal in England.
Let’s be frank this lousy Conservative Government is not fit for purpose and it’s a good job that they have the Salisbury Nerve Gas pantomime to divert the UK population’s attention, otherwise, I am sure that people would be taking to the streets.
On April 6 British authorities informed Viktoria Skripal that her application for a UK visa was turned down as she "did not comply with the immigration rules." The decision has been met with harsh criticism from Russian authorities, demanding an explanation.
Sergei and Yulia Skripal have been awake for a while now, with doctors saying that both are out of critical condition and responding well to treatment despite initial claims to the contrary.
IRKUTSK (Sputnik) - Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia said on Sunday that the manner in which the Skripal case was developing hit Russia's role in the international arena and questioned the country's legitimacy.
Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who were allegedly poisoned by an A-234 military grade nerve agent in the British town Salisbury, have both regained consciousness and their health is improving; but at the same time, British officials are not eager to abandon their anti-Russian agenda and are instead going even further.
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