Amber Rudd: Hundreds of witnesses in Salisbury spy attack probe

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Valery Morozov"Skripal and Putin are both targets

12 Marcha, 2018

At the time of Skripal's trial, the Russian media quoted the FSB domestic security agency as saying that the damage from his activities could be compared to harm inflicted by Oleg Penkovsky, a GRU colonel who spied for the United States and Britain.

Harries said the announcement of these precautions doesn't mean the risk level to the public has been raised.

The figure includes members of the public and emergency staff, some of whom have had blood tests as well as receiving support and advice.

She added: "When investigating any murder, the first issue is the motive of the crime".

The road leading to Skripal's home was cordoned off Saturday, with police standing guard. This risk can be removed by taking the actions we are explaining in this leaflet. There is, on the evidence currently, a very low risk.

But when they were taken to hospital they were both declared to be in critical condition, and doctors were unable to understand what had caused the condition.

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, who was part of the initial response by authorities, is also in a serious condition.

The former double agent and his daughter were found slumped on a bench in the city.

Rudd said that the investigation has been painstaking and that more than 240 pieces of evidence have been collected, with 200 witnesses identified.

Now, the paranoia in the UK in the Skripal case is reaching massive proportions, with a junior minister calling on London to contact its NATO allies over the incident. Items like jewellery and spectacles should be hand-washed.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd was to chair the meeting of the committee, known as COBRA, at 1500 GMT to receive updates on the police case, the government said. Skripal's house has also been extensively searched for clues and traces of the nerve agent.

GLAMOROUS Russian spy Anna Chapman has branded critically-ill Sergei Skripal a "traitor" almost a week after he was poisoned by an unknown nerve agent.

A still image from CCTV footage recorded on February 27, 2018 shows former Russian spy Sergei Skripal buying groceries at the Bargain Stop convenience store in Salisbury on February 27, 2018.

The move, which was being planned before the Skipal poisonings, is likely to inflame tensions with Moscow, after the nerve agent attack that government figures believe points to Russian involvement. Senior government officials have vowed to respond robustly if the Russian government is found to be responsible.

In the aftermath of the 2006 murder of Alexander Litvinenko, the Russian defector who became a British subject, ministers opted not to kick up much of a storm.

Faced with uncertainty about what Brexit will mean for the world's sixth-biggest economy and frustration among voters with eight years of austerity, Hammond has already pushed back a target of wiping out the deficit into the mid-2020s.

Cordons were still around the restaurant and the pub on Sunday, and police could not say how long they would remain. Skripal lived in the town, located 90 miles (140 kilometers) southwest of London. When politicians extol the "special relationship", they compound the damage to Britain's reputation as an independent actor.

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