Poisoned Russian ex-spy "improving rapidly"

10 April, 2018, 20:11 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Sergei Skripal's cat and guinea pigs found dead in his Salisbury house

In it, Yulia said she would be discharged soon.

"As far as we know from the literature, there is no specific antidote for Novichok", Ralf Trapp, an expert on chemical weapons, told AFP, referring to a batch of nerve agents allegedly developed by Moscow in the Soviet era.

Doctors reported last week that her condition had improved and that she is now stable. "We don't know if that's because she had less administered, or it took longer to have an effect or because she's younger or healthier - there's too many factors to take into account", she said.

The UK government claims Russian Federation is behind the attack but Moscow has denied all involvement, calling the accusations "horrific and unsubstantiated".

Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, told the council.

A military-grade nerve agent - a weapon of mass destruction - has been used in an attempt to kill civilians on British soil in a reckless fashion, she said.

The fresh recriminations came after the Russian Embassy in Britain branded its interactions with the foreign office "utterly unsatisfactory" and said it was "high time" Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko met Johnson to discuss the probe into the poisoning. He is responding well to treatment, improving rapidly and is no longer in a critical condition. She is speaking, issuing statements and reportedly talking to relatives back home in Russian Federation on the telephone. If they came into contact with the agent at their doorstep - as British police said - how did they have the ability to first go to a pub and a restaurant before they succumbed?

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was "very pleased" that the Skripals were improving.

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"They (the British) must have something to hide".

In a separate announcement, the United States imposed major sanctions on Friday against 24 Russians in one of Washington's most aggressive moves to punish Moscow for what it called a range of "malign activity", including alleged meddling in the 2016 US election.

The overture comes days after Russian Federation unleashed a blistering war of words against Britain at the UN Security Council over the poisoning, warning it was "playing with fire" and would "be sorry".

At a session of the executive of the global chemical weapons watchdog this week, Russian Federation called for a joint inquiry into the poisoning of the Skripals, but lost a vote on the motion.

Sergei Skripal, who was recruited by Britain's MI6, was arrested for treason in Moscow in 2004.

On Thursday, The Times cited British security sources saying they believed the Novichok nerve agent was manufactured at a facility in the town of Shikhany southeast of Moscow.

CNN, citing an environment department spokesperson, says the guinea pigs likely died "due to a lack of water", while the BBC reports that the cat was put down due to extreme dehydration.

"A cat was also found in a distressed state and a decision was taken by a veterinary surgeon to euthanize the animal to alleviate its suffering".



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