Poisoned Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal discharged from United Kingdom hospital

Evarado Alatorre
May 18, 2018

Scotland Yard has said it will not discuss "any protective or security arrangements" for former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter following their discharge from hospital.

Skripal, 66, was found slumped on a bench on March 4 along with his daughter, Yulia, after being exposed to novichok, a military-grade nerve agent.

Ms Skripal was released on 9 April and was moved to a secure location.

"It is fantastic news that Sergei Skripal is well enough to leave Salisbury District Hospital", hospital's Chief Executive Cara Charles-Barks said. Britain said she has chosen not to take up Russia's offer of help. They have been taken to an undisclosed location for their safety.

But Russia has denied having anything to do with the attack, with top Russian diplomats insisting that Britain either rushed or bungled the investigation - or that British agents themselves may have poisoned the father and daughter to smear Russia, justify increases in military spending or distract residents from the failures of Brexit negotiations.

The poisoning sparked a diplomatic crisis that saw Russian Federation and the West expelling dozens of diplomats in tit-for-tat moves.

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"Treating him and the other two people poisoned by this nerve agent, while still providing outstanding care to the other patients who rely on our hospital, has been a huge and unprecedented challenge that I'm proud our staff at Salisbury Hospital have risen to", she said.

United Nations experts have confirmed that a high-purity nerve agent was used without specifying whether it was Novichok or saying who might be behind the poisoning.

"This is a complex investigation and detectives continue to gather and piece together all the evidence to establish the full facts and circumstances behind this awful attack".

The Russian embassy in London accused Britain of blocking access to the pair in defiance of diplomatic convention, airing the claims in a set of sensational social media posts.

Detectives with London's Metropolitan Police believe the Skripals first came into contact with a nerve agent at Sergei Skripal's home. I want to thank the public for their support, and I want to pay a special tribute to both the clinical staff here at the trust and those who work so hard behind the scenes, ? she said.

In response to the March attack, British Prime Minister Theresa May had condemned the poisoning as a reckless and hostile act by Russian Federation on British soil.

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