Britain warned Russian Federation on Tuesday of a robust response if the Kremlin was behind a mysterious illness that has struck down a former double agent convicted of betraying dozens of spies to British intelligence. oreign Secretary Boris Johnson named Sergei Skripal, once a colonel in Russia's GRU military intelligence service, and his daughter Yulia as the two people who were found unconscious on Sunday on a bench outside a shopping centre in southern England.
The hospital reportedly stated that Sergei and Yulia were found unconscious on a bench near a shopping centre in Salisbury on Sunday (March 4) afternoon. A police officer who responded at the scene is also in serious condition and is being treated in intensive care. He had been living quietly in Salisbury, a cathedral city 90 miles southwest of London.
The military have been drafted in as part of the investigation (Picture: Getty) Police have said that military assistance will continue as long as is necessary.
Since emerging from the John le Carre world of high espionage and betrayal, Skripal lived modestly in Salisbury and kept out of the spotlight until he was found unconscious on Sunday.
On Friday, police called in about 180 marines, soldiers and air force personnel with expertise in chemical weapons, decontamination and logistics to help with the probe and to remove vehicles that might be contaminated. But British health authorities say there is little risk to the wider public. However, I could not have imagined that we would be faced with a police officer left seriously ill after exposure to a nerve agent, in the way that we have seen in Salisbury this week.
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.
Lyudmila Skripal died of cancer in 2012.
"As demonstrated during the FIFA Confederations Cup previous year, Russia's already high security standards have been and are continuously adapted to meet the specific needs of such major sporting events". The response will be that Russian Federation will remember forever.
At the graveyard, forensic officers in protective gear could be seen erecting a blue tent on Friday.
It was suggested that Mr Skripal and Yulia had visited the grave in Salisbury's main cemetery last week to coincide with the birthday of Alexander, who died aged just 43.
Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, who was part of the initial response by authorities, is also in hospital. "There may be some clues floating around in here".
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Highly toxic and banned in nearly all countries, nerve agents require expertise to manufacture - leading some to suspect whoever poisoned Skripal had the backing of a state.
They said experts had identified the substance, which will help determine the source, but did not name it publicly.
"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.
"You can not tolerate a government assassination on British soil - it is absolutely beyond the pale and needs a reaction", he said.
The U.K. has vowed to take strong action against whoever was responsible for the "brazen and reckless" attack.
Those branded enemies of the Russian state have sometimes died mysteriously overseas, and the Skripal case echoes the death of Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian agent who was poisoned in London in 2006 with radioactive polonium-210.
A public inquiry found that Russian Federation was responsible for killing Alexander Litvinenko, and that President Vladimir Putin probably approved it.
Police are still looking into who was behind the attack, which they say specifically targeted the victims.
A BuzzFeed News investigation claimed USA spy agencies have linked 14 deaths to Russian Federation, but United Kingdom police shut down the cases.
Mr Skripal's house and his auto have also been cordoned off. For example, the Skripals had symptoms that were consistent with poisoning by one of these agents.
Greene also said that even if the attack was planned in Russian Federation, it may not have been ordered by the Kremlin.