Britain Deploys Specialists To Investigate Poisoning Of Russian Double Agent

Home Secretary Amber Rudd updated MPs on the latest steps in the investigation in the Commons today

Sixty-six year old Sergei Skripal, and his daughter Yulia were found slumped unconscious on a bench on Sunday afternoon in the quiet cathedral city, after apparently being administered some kind of nerve agent.

They are in a critical but stable condition in Salisbury District Hospital.

A police officer who helped investigate was in serious condition, and a total of 21 people have received medical treatment tied to the case. The cemetery was likely visited by Mr Skripal and his daughter before they were poisoned by a nerve toxin.

National counter-terrorism police, who are leading the investigation, announced on Friday that they had requested assistance from the military "to remove a number of vehicles and objects from the scene".

Sky News Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt said police believe all three victims may have been contaminated at Mr Skripal's house in Salisbury and "ingested the poison some hours before they were taken ill".

Authorities say there is no risk to the general public from the attack.

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In addition to his home and vehicle, police have cordoned off the cemetery where Skripal's wife is buried as well as The Mill pub in Salisbury.

According to Liudmila's death certificate, she died of cancer in 2012 at 59, while Alexander, 34, died in March a year ago in St. Petersburg amid unknown circumstances, the Guardian reported.

"What we see is only news reports. saying that if it is Russian Federation, then a response is going to be given that Russian Federation is going to remember forever".

At the graveyard, forensic officers in protective gear could be seen erecting a blue tent on Friday.

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, who also became seriously ill after...

Petrova described Sergei Skripal as "a good, kind man" and said it was awful that the "whole family disappeared in basically one instant".

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On Saturday, UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd will chair an emergency Cobra meeting, the second since Wednesday, as the investigation into the source of the nerve agent continues, the BBC reports.

"A well-equipped lab and a very experienced analytical chemist can do it, but it's not the sort of thing a chancer doing kitchen-sink chemistry can get away with", said chemical weapons expert Richard Guthrie.

London blamed Moscow for that attack.

"They're levelling accusations against us for everything that goes wrong - according to our western partners - on this very planet", Lavrov said during a visit to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

In Salisbury, the investigation continued to move at a fast pace.

"We have not heard a single fact; we only watch footage on TV, where our colleagues say with serious faces and with gusto that if it is Russian Federation, then a response will follow that Russian Federation will remember forever", he said, according to Interfax.

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A Downing Street spokesman declined to comment on what sanctions might be taken against Russian Federation if it was shown to be responsible for the Salisbury attack. British authorities say it's too soon to lay blame, but suspicions have fallen on Russian Federation.

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