Nerve agent was used to poison X-Russian spy

Russia slams ex-spy poisoning allegations as'propaganda

What is known so far?

Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter were exposed to what police said was an unknown substance in the city of Salisbury.

The bench where the Skripals were found unconscious as well as Sergei's home, auto and a restaurant and pub have been cordoned off amid the investigation. It was not clear who they are or whether they are linked to the case. He is now able to talk though his condition remains serious, interior minister Amber Rudd said on Thursday.

A former head of London's Metropolitan Police force says there should be further inquiry into the deaths of 14 Russians in the United Kingdom amid suggestions they were targeted by the Russian state. The agent had been identified but he declined to give any more details about it.

Britain has said it will respond robustly if evidence shows Russian Federation was behind the attempted murder. 'We believe the two people who originally became unwell were the specific targets and are focused on identifying and finding those responsible'.

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According to Transparency International, a Berlin-based anti-corruption lobbying and research organization, large amounts of the Russian state-backed money controlled by Putin-connected oligarchs flow through British Crown dependencies and British overseas territories in the Caribbean and then is transferred to the British capital.

Specialist investigators wearing protective suits have been seen examining the bench that the pair collapsed on. 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. "This causes a pretty systemic collapse of many bodily functions". Police sealed off the Zizzi restaurant on Castle Street, The Bishop's Mill pub in The Maltings and a business park near the town of Amesbury.

A total of 21 people had been treated in hospital following the incident, police said. Thus she commented on the attack on former Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) Colonel Sergey Skripal in Salisbury on March 4. He also taught at the Russian Defence Ministry's defense academy in Moscow. He later admitted that in 1995 he was recruited by the British secret services. Skripal had been "turned" by MI6 in 1995, the FSB said, and had been in contact with British agents at the Moscow embassy. It appears eager to fan the political flames in London with a top presenter, Kirill Kleymenov, gloating that "traitors" shouldn't think they are safe living in Britain. Russian media said his motivation was financial: he received more than $100,000 paid into a Spanish bank account.

Penkovsky was arrested in 1962 and executed in 1963 after being found guilty of high treason and espionage.

Lavrov will visit Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, on Friday, and will stay in the same hotel as Tillerson, so Russian Federation considered possible that the two diplomats might meet there, local media reported.

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"I can reassure the House that, should evidence emerge that implies state responsibility, then Her Majesty's government will respond appropriately and robustly", Johnson said on Tuesday in an urgent question session at the House of Commons.

Dubbed the "illegals", some of the Russians had spent years quietly collecting information and trying to meet Americans with political ties.

An analysis of bones found in 1940 on a western Pacific Ocean island concludes they probably came from Amelia Earhart. The returning spies were greeted as heroes in Moscow.

His house in Salisbury was bought for 260,000 pounds ($360,000) in 2011. Both his brother and son died within the past two years under odd circumstances. Alexander died past year at the age of 43.

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