United Kingdom says it is too early to pin blame in Skripal poisoning

United Kingdom says it is too early to pin blame in Skripal poisoning

United Kingdom says it is too early to pin blame in Skripal poisoning

Counterterrorism police requested the deployment of military personnel to help "remove a number of vehicles and objects" in Salisbury, London's Metropolitan Police said.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd is in Salisbury on Friday following the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter, who were found slumped on a park bench.

"The public should not be alarmed", counter-terrorism police, who are leading the investigation, said in a statement.

Britain has said it will respond robustly if evidence shows Russian Federation was behind the attempted murder.

They remained in critical condition in a hospital Friday, poisoned with what authorities say is a nerve agent.

"In terms of further options, that will have to wait until we're absolutely clear what the consequences could be, and what the actual source of this nerve agent has been", Rudd said after visiting Salisbury and seeing the area around the bench where Skripal was found, now covered by a police forensics tent.

Only three - Sergei Skripal, his daughter Yulia and a police officer - remain in hospital.

Defence minister Tobias Ellwood said the military's presence reflected the "seriousness" of the situation, adding: "We mustn't get ahead of ourselves but we must have a robust response and it's something that we'll be discussing with our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners and with the forthcoming summit in Brussels in July".

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow might be willing to help with the investigation, but he expressed resentment at suggestions that the Kremlin was behind the attack.

Police turned their attention on Friday to the cemetery where the 66-year-old Russian's wife and son were laid to rest.

"Someone has come onto our soil. has recklessly, brazenly, committed what looks like a very nasty crime, with a nerve agent prohibited, by most global laws. and has potentially put lots of people at risk", he said.

UK Security Minister Ben Wallace said Saturday that Britain would respond to the Salisbury attack with the "full force of the United Kingdom's resources if that is an appropriate and proportionate thing to do".

Nick Bailey, one of the first officers on the scene, is also being treated but is sitting up and talking after initially being admitted to intensive care.

Unlike radioactive poisons, nerve agents dissipate quickly.

Meanwhile, experts are also continuing to examine the nerve agent used in the attack in the hope it will lead to whoever was responsible.

The cause is unclear: Some reports say he died in a vehicle accident while on holiday in Russian Federation, others that he died of liver failure.

The authorities did not provide details, saying only that they had not exhumed any bodies, but the forensic activities at the London Road Cemetery intensified speculation about the poisonings.

Sergei was convicted of spying for MI6 in 2006 before being sent to Britain as part of a spy swap in 2010, being given a pardon for his sentence.

"You can not tolerate a government assassination on British soil - it is absolutely beyond the pale and needs a reaction", he said.

A British public inquiry said Litvinenko's murder had probably been approved by Putin and carried out by two Russians, Dmitry Kovtun and Andrei Lugovoy.

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