Nerve-agent attack: Sergei Skripal 'improving rapidly'

Marsha Scott
April 7, 2018

It has warned Britain is "playing with fire and will be sorry" over the poisonings as the two countries traded jibes at the United Nations.

Britain's Pierce said Russia's 24 theories for the attack include blaming it on terrorists and saying Britain wanted to distract from Brexit, its departure from the European Union.

Yulia Skripal said in a statement distributed by police Thursday that she woke up over a week ago and "am glad to say my strength is growing daily".

Deputy U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelley Currie told the council: "We have stated previously and do so again today our firm belief that Russian Federation is responsible for this chemical weapons attack on U.K. soil".

Yulia Skripal "can look forward to the day when she is well enough to leave the hospital", Blanshard said, but added: "Any speculation on when that date will be is just that - speculation".

On Wednesday, Russia lost a vote at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague on its demand for its experts to be involved in testing samples of the substance used in the Salisbury attack.

Britain has rejected a visa application from the Viktoria Skripal, niece of Sergei Skripal. British officials have identified the substance as novichok, a nerve agent created in the Soviet era and closely associated with Russian Federation in the decades since.

During the Security Council meeting, Nebenzia questioned the British government's claims of Russian responsibility by posing a series of questions. In both cases, the BBC points out, "they weren't killed by Novichok nerve agent".

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The Russian Embassy in the United Kingdom also floated the possibility and issued a statement that read, "To better understand what happened to Sergey and Yulia Skripal, it is essential to know if the animals also suffered from chemical poisoning". "We never produced it".

The affair has sparked a bitter diplomatic crisis between London and Moscow and prompted a wave of tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats between Russian Federation and the West.

Three buses believed to be carrying expelled American diplomats left the US Embassy in Moscow early Thursday after loading their luggage on trucks.

Russian Federation requested the UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday, the same day that Moscow failed in its bid to join a probe into the Salisbury incident by global chemical watchdog, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. He sarcastically likened the British accusations to the queen from Alice in Wonderland urging "sentence first - verdict afterward".

Yulia's condition improved from critical to stable last week.

Sergei Skripal's two guinea pigs were found dead inside his home a while after the March 4 attack.

The Times report came after the British defence laboratory analysing the nerve agent said that it could not determine whether the substance came from Russian Federation.

Allowing Russians scientists "into an investigation where they are the most likely perpetrators of the crime... would be like Scotland Yard inviting in Professor Moriarty", she told reporters of Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional criminal mastermind.

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