UK to respond if Russia link proved: May

UK to respond if Russia link proved: May

During the attempted poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal in the British city of Salisbury, injured 20 people, including the daughter of Yulia Skripal and Sergeant nick Bailey.

Police have cordoned off a series of sites after Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter, Yulia, were found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury on Sunday.

"Investigation of Sergei Skripal case follows the Litvinenko script: most info to be classified, Russian Federation to get no access to investigation files and no opportunity to assess its credibility", the tweet says. They diligently did their duty with a disregard for their own safety, showing exactly why we should always look to support these incredibly dedicated individuals, and take swift and robust action against those who seek to put them in harm's way. "It is clear that Russian Federation, I'm afraid, is now in many respects a malign and disruptive force, and the United Kingdom is in the lead across the world in trying to counteract that activity".

Prime Minister Theresa May echoed the sentiment, saying the events served as a "stark reminder" of the dangers faced by emergency staff.

Greene told Sky News that "Russia does seem like the most likely story" given "the fact that we have seen things like this before".

She said the incident was "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".

The incident in Salisbury has drawn comparisons with the 2006 death of former Russian security agent Aleksandr Litvinenko in London. He died agonizingly slowly after drinking tea at a London hotel that was laced with radioactive polonium-210.

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. 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.

Counter-terrorism police took control of the investigation on March 6.

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Skripal, a former Russian military intelligence officer, was convicted in 2006 of spying for Britain and released by Moscow in 2010 as part of a spy swap.

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.

They include diplomatic expulsions, the cancellation of visas for Kremlin-friendly Russians, asset freezes and travel bans as part of a "full spectrum" response, according to the Sun newspaper. Russia's embassy in London said the incident was being used to demonise Russian Federation and that it was seriously concerned by British media reporting of the Skripal incident.

Sergei Skripal until 1999, was a Colonel in the GRU - the foreign intelligence body of the Ministry of defense of Russian Federation.

Skripal was arrested in December 2004 by Federal Security Service agents on suspicion of treason: passing secrets to Britain's MI6 intelligence agency.

The spy swap, one of the biggest since the Cold War, took place on the tarmac of Vienna airport where a Russian and a USA jet parked side by side before the agents were exchanged. They were arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2010.

The Russian Embassy also denounced how President Piotro Poroshenko is described as a hero, after Moscow denounced the injustice committed by the Arbitration Court in Stockholm when it ruled that Gazprom was in debt to Ukraine. They have form in this, they have malign intent. 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.

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