Home Secretary visits scene of nerve agent attack

Sergeant Nick Bailey and Salisbury

What is known so far?

Mr Skripal and his daughter remained unconscious, in a critical but stable condition, while police officer Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, who was also harmed by the substance, remained in a serious condition though he can now speak. The alleyway connects the branch of Zizzi and a bench where the pair are later found. It was not clear who they are or whether they are linked to the case. Investigators wearing hazmat suits have been seen searching Sergei Skripal's house and vehicle for evidence, and parts of Salisbury city centre near where the victims collapsed remain cordoned off.

Counterterrorism police, who are leading the investigation, said in a March 9 statement, "The public should not be alarmed", adding, "military assistance will continue as necessary during this investigation".

Rudd declined to say if she believed Russian Federation was behind the attack, but says Britain will "if it is appropriate, attribute it to somebody".

To identify which nerve agent the authorities were dealing with would have then required analytical techniques like gas-chromatography mass-spectrometry or HPLC mass spectrometry.

But the investigation by the police and authorities to establish the full facts is ongoing.

Police later said they are treating the incident as "attempted murder". 'We believe the two people who originally became unwell were the specific targets and are focused on identifying and finding those responsible'. Health officials insist there has only been a low risk to the public.

Samples from the scene are being tested at Porton Down, Britain's military research laboratory. Investigators wearing protective gear were seen examining the bench that they collapsed on.

President Vladimir Putin has yet to respond to the news that nerve agent was involved in the poisoning. They in turn probably exposed a police officer attending the incident who developed less serious symptoms. He also taught at the Russian Defence Ministry's defense academy in Moscow. He was convicted in his home country in 2006 for passing state secrets to MI6. The "double agent" might have had the thought that Britain would be a safe haven for him. Russian media said his motivation was financial: he received more than $100,000 paid into a Spanish bank account. According to one former senior security official, Skripal was still valuable for "friendly' spying agencies".

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

Sergeant Nick Bailey
NC WILTSHIRE POLICE Sergeant Nick Bailey remains in a serious condition in hospital

Lavrov has been quoted as saying by state news agency Tass that "whether it's poisoning of some British subjects, whether it's rumors about interference in the USA election campaign, if assistance really is needed, then we are ready to consider its possibility".

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

Skripal has been living in Britain since 2010, when he was part of a prisoner exchange for 10 Russian spies arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Johnson has been criticised over his response to the apparent poisoning of Sergei Skripal on Sunday, after he appeared to suggest England could pull out of this summer's World Cup.

His house in Salisbury was bought for 260,000 pounds ($360,000) in 2011. In the years since he found refuge in Britain, Skripal lost both a wife and son.

"As demonstrated during the FIFA Confederations Cup past year, Russia's already high security standards have been and are continuously adapted to meet the specific needs of such major sporting events". The details are unclear.

Mr Pritchard also thanked the numerous people who paid tribute to their "courageous" friend. Reuters has not confirmed the exact cause of death of either. The senior intelligence officer with Russian military intelligence GRU, was pardoned in a spy swap in 2010 and settled in Salisbury, Wiltshire. Moscow's other, better-known Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) is the successor to the KGB's First Chief Directorate.

He says only three people remain hospitalized.

A public inquiry in the United Kingdom concluded that Litvinenko was killed by Russian agents. He was shown taking part in shooting practice.

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