British investigators examine graves of Russian ex-spy's wife, son

Russian ex-spy, daughter still critical after nerve agent attack - UK minister

Russian ex-spy, daughter still critical after nerve agent attack - UK minister

Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter are "still serious" and fighting for their lives in hospital following the nerve agent attack in Salisbury on Sunday, Home Secretary Amber Rudd told media today.

Police launched an attempted murder inquiry after Mr Skripal and his daughter were exposed to a nerve agent.

Britain's Ministry of Defense and the police said some 180 troops, including some chemical experts, have been sent to Salisbury to remove ambulances and other vehicles involved in the incident as well as other objects.

She added police needed to be given space "to do their investigation". Ian Blair, a former commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, told the BBC that Sergeant Bailey appeared to have been sickened when he went to Mr. Skripal's house, suggesting that the nerve agent may have been released there.

Sergey Lavrov said "whether it's poisoning of some British subjects, whether it's rumours about interference in the USA election campaign, if assistance really is needed, then we are ready to consider its possibility".

The UK is preparing retaliatory measures if it's shown that Russian Federation was responsible for the attack on Skripal who had settled in Salisbury, southern England after a spy swap in 2010.

Foreign Secretary Johnson has noted the "echoes" with the 2006 poisoning in London of former Russian spy and Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko, which Britain has blamed on Russia.

Officers were guarding the area where he and his daughter were found, along with a pizza restaurant and a pub they had visited and the graves of Skripal's wife and son.

The United Kingdom's military has been deployed to assist in the country's ongoing investigation into the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter in Salisbury last weekend.

Acting Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police, Kier Pritchard, said he had been to visit DS Bailey.

The Kremlin, which denies any involvement, says it resents the finger-pointing and suspicions that Russian Federation played a role.

Ms Rudd was seen at the bench where Mr Skripal and his daughter collapsed in the city centre, which remains cordoned off by police.

British authorities say it's too soon to place blame, but suspicions have fallen on Russian Federation.

A police officer critically injured responding to the Salisbury nerve agent attack is in a stable condition, authorities confirmed as the injury toll climbed to 21.

Police turned their attention on Friday to the cemetery where the 66-year-old Russian's wife and son were laid to rest.

Authorities are racing to identify the nerve agent used against the 66-year-old Skripal, who came to Britain in a spy swap in 2010, as politicians warned it showed the hallmarks of an attack by Russian Federation.

Skripal was jailed in Russian Federation in 2006 for selling state secrets to the British intelligence services but was released in 2010 as part of a high-profile spy swap. "This is propaganda fair and square and it is trying to raise tensions".

A British public inquiry found Russia was responsible for Litvinenko's killing, and Russian President Vladimir Putin probably approved it.

"Do not choose England as your next country of residence, whether you are a professional traitor to your homeland, or you just hate your country in your free time", said Kirill Kleimenov, news anchor on Russia's state-run Channel One, as he introduced an item about the story on the evening news bulletin.

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