Tents erected over graves of poisoned Russian spy's wife and son

Hannah Rogers
March 10, 2018

Channel One anchorman Kirill Kleimenov said in the Wednesday broadcast that he didn't wish death or suffering on anyone but wanted those "who dream of such a career" to know that traitors rarely live long.

Fellow Conservative MP Nick Boles tweeted that "I do not see how we can maintain diplomatic relations with a country that tries to murder people on British soil".

Prime Minister Theresa May said her thoughts were with Det Sgt Bailey, adding: "The events of Sunday are a stark reminder, if ever one was needed, of the unsafe situations our emergency services face, and the dedication and courage they display every day in order to keep us safe".

"Look, we have - our relationship with Russian Federation is not at a point where it looks like it is going to be normalized anytime soon".

Boulegue said a particularly worrying aspect of the attack, if it was indeed ordered by the Kremlin, was that it meant the authorities were prioritising delivery of a stark warning message to turncoats over bilateral relations with Britain.

On Thursday, the Russian embassy in London sent a tweet, saying of Skripal: "He was actually a British spy, working for MI6".

Marina Litvinenko commented on the attack on former Russian secret service agent Sergey Skripal in an interview with CNN. On 23 November 2006, Litvinenko died in London.

Ties have already worsened in recent years because of the imposition of European Union sanctions on Russian Federation over the conflict in Ukraine, a policy that Britain has been particularly hawkish on.

Sergei and Yulia Skripal
GETTYMr Skripal's daughter 33 is also in intensive care at Salisbury Hospital

Other options could be the repatriation of British diplomats from Russia "to show we are not interested in Russia" or, on the contrary, "the expulsion of Russian diplomats from Britain".

The forensic tent, covering the bench where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found, is repositioned by officials in protective suits in the centre of Salisbury, Britain, March 8, 2018.

Britain's counterterrorism unit took over the investigation Tuesday. Researchers have also speculated the substance came from a state laboratory.

They were asked to help because they had "the necessary capability and expertise", the Metropolitan Police said on Friday. Calling it a "tragic situation", Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin had no information about the incident.

Of course, the first thing it means is that Skripal is not a victim of food poisoning or some other accidentally incurred chemical or biological poisoning. Although the global community has accused Russian Federation of trying to "assassinate" Skripal and his daughter, President Vladimir Putin's spokesperson Dmitry Peshkov said that it was a tragic incident and Moscow had no information about him.

"The spy caused significant damage to Russia's ability to defend itself and to state security", the FSB said at the time, Itar-Tass reported. The senior intelligence officer with Russian military intelligence GRU, was pardoned in a spy swap in 2010 and settled in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Mr Skripal betrayed dozens of Russian agents to British intelligence before his arrest in Moscow in 2004. In 2010, he was pardoned and deported to the United Kingdom, where he was granted asylum.

Despite Russian diplomats insisting they sent a request for the meeting, US officials repeatedly denied receiving such a request. One Russian jet and a British jet landed on the tarmac of Vienna International Airport, where 10 passengers (read spies) from both exchanged their places.

'Mechanical fault' behind vehicle fire that sparked alert
Police have confirmed that a mechanical fault is now believed to be the cause of a auto fire on the A2 between Belfast and Bangor. However, the incident is no longer believed to be sinister in nature. "Terrorism will never prevail".

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