Published: Sat, April 07, 2018

Poisoned ex-spy Sergei Skripal's health improving rapidly, hospital says

Poisoned ex-spy Sergei Skripal's health improving rapidly, hospital says

It did not elaborate.

Sergei Skripal is "responding well to treatment, improving rapidly and no longer in a critical condition". Officials said her father was still in the intensive care unit.

Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal is no longer in critical condition and is "improving rapidly" just over one month after being exposed to a potent nerve agent, hospital staff in England say.

Sergei Skripal, 66, is responding well to treatment, said Salisbury District Hospital Medical Director Dr. Christine Blanshard. Investigators determined that they had been poisoned by a nerve agent and believed that the pair was intentionally targeted.

Its statement added: "this was attempted murder using an illegal chemical weapon that we know Russian Federation possesses".

Yulia Skripal, also a victim of nerve-agent poisoning that targeted her father expressed her gratitude towards people who supported her and her father. She wrote that the bodies of the animals are "important evidence in this poisoning case".

Sergey Lavrov said Friday that Britain must "honestly and openly. put all the facts on the table".

The news comes a day after Skripal's daughter Yulia, 33, who was also poisoned in the attack, released her first public statement after regaining consciousness last week.

The Kremlin retaliated in a tit-for-tat response that only deepened its icy relations with the US and Europe.

The British government insists that only Russian Federation had the capability to carry out the attack.


Russian state television on Thursday (Friday NZT) played a recording of what they said was a phone call from Yulia to her cousin Viktoria Skripal in Russia.

Scientists said the Skripals had likely been treated with Atropine - a drug used to counter the effects of nerve agents - and marvelled at their partial recovery given the circumstances. The 15-member Security Council first met over the issue on March 14 at Britain's request.

His daughter, Yulia Skripal, is in stable condition.

The UK Home Office said on Friday that Viktoria is not being granted a visa to come to the UK. "What is their condition?" said Maria Zakharova of the Russian Foreign Ministry, according to The Associated Press.

Skripal and his daughter Yulia's conditions are improving, and Yulia is now conscious and talking.

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.

Moscow's UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia described the British accusations against Russian Federation as horrific and unsubstantiated.

"Such treatment of pets is also hardly consistent with United Kingdom laws on animal cruelty and comes as a blatant disregard to Mr Skripal's rights as the owner and companion of the animals", the embassy said, claiming a second cat was still missing.

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

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