Russian ex-spy's daughter no longer in critical condition

Marsha Scott
April 1, 2018

Britain says he and his daughter, who was visiting from Russian Federation, were poisoned with a nerve agent developed in Soviet times and that it must have come from Russian Federation.

The daughter of a Russian ex-spy who was poisoned in a nerve-agent attack along with her father is improving rapidly and is out of critical condition, the hospital treating the pair said Thursday.

The Skripals were found unconscious and critically ill in the English city of Salisbury on March 4.

Russian Federation has denied using Novichok, a nerve agent first developed by the Soviet military, to attack Mr Skripal.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at news conference Thursday that Moscow will expel the same number of diplomats from each of those countries in retaliation.

During a briefing organised for foreign ambassadors on the Skripal case, the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Defence Ministry stressed that all chemical weapons stockpiles in Russia had been completely destroyed in September 2017.

Mr Lavrov said Moscow will also retaliate over the U.S. decision to shut the Russian consulate in Seattle by closing the United States consulate in St Petersburg.

Britain has accused Russian Federation of being behind the poisoning - allegations fiercely denied by Moscow.

The ministry warned that if the US takes further "hostile actions" against Russian missions, Russia will respond in kind.

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However, it had been then confirmed by the Organisation for the Protection of Chemical Weapons.

"I'm pleased to be able to report an improvement in the condition of Yulia Skripal", Christine Blanshard, the medical director for Salisbury district hospital, said.

Sergei Skripal, 66, remains in critical condition, the hospital said.

Yulia Skripal was poisoned along with her father. He was released in a 2010 spy swap and moved to Britain.

London claimed that the two had been exposed to the A234 nerve agent, allegedly related to the Novichok-class nerve agents developed in the Soviet Union.

British counter-terror police on Wednesday said the Skripals first came into contact with a nerve agent at his Salisbury home - with the highest concentration on the front door.

Around 250 counter-terrorism detectives continue to work around the clock on the investigation which is expected to continue for months.

Meanwhile, police have placed cordons round a children's play area at Montgomery Gardens near Mr Skripal's home.

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