Poisoned Russian spy no longer critical, 'improving rapidly'

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07 April, 2018

The announcement came after the U.S. last week expelled 60 Russian diplomats and shut down its consulates in Moscow and St. Petersburg, as part of an worldwide effort of "punishing" Russia for the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in the United Kingdom.

Dr Christine Blanshard, medical director at Salisbury District Hospital, said: 'Last Thursday, I informed you that Yulia Skripal's condition had improved to stable.

The pets were mentioned on Thursday at the United Nations security council, when Vassily Nebenzia, Russia's United Nations...

Russian UN ambassador Vasily Nebenzya claimed the Britain's main argument about the "unquestionable Russian origin" of the Novichok was "no longer valid" after Porton Down's Gary Aitkenhead denied "precise source".

"We didn't do it, we're not guilty", Nebenzia said.

Britain has said Russian Federation is culpable for the attack, while Moscow denies any involvement. I am grateful for the interest in me and for the many messages of goodwill that I have received.

On Thursday, Russian state television reported Yulia had phoned her cousin and told her that she and her father were both recovering and that she expected to leave hospital soon.

"I am sure you appreciate that the entire episode is somewhat disorientating, and I hope that you'll respect my privacy and that of my family during the period of my convalescence", she said in her first public comment.

Britain has rejected a visa application from the Viktoria Skripal, niece of Sergei Skripal.

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Russian Federation has continually denied responsibility for the attack.

"As far as we know from the literature, there is no specific antidote for Novichok", Ralf Trapp, an expert on chemical weapons, told AFP, referring to a batch of nerve agents allegedly developed by Moscow in the Soviet era.

"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.

"Great Britain refuses to cooperate with us on the pretext that the victim does not cooperate with the criminal", he said. The diplomatic turmoil has hit lows unseen even at the height of the Cold War.

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

In another literary nod, he sarcastically likened the British accusations to the queen from Alice In Wonderland who demands the "sentence first - verdict afterward".

"We are aware of claims of this sort by our British colleagues", Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters on a visit to Belarus.

The British government says it relied on a combination of scientific analysis and other intelligence to conclude that the nerve agent came from Russian Federation. Gary Aitkenhead of Porton Down Defence Laboratory, told Britain's Sky News analysts identified the poison as military-grade novichok, but couldn't verify if it was made in Russian Federation.

Yulia Skripal released a statement saying she's "getting stronger".


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