Skripal in Stable Critical Condition, Daughter is Stable – UK Health Service
REUTERS/ Peter NichollsEurope18:01 03.04.2018(updated 19:10 03.04.2018) Get short URL
The poisoning of Skripal started a massive international scandal after London accused Moscow of allegedly performing an attempted murder. The UK announced the expulsion of numerous Russian diplomats and convinced over 20 countries to do the same. The expulsions were met with reciprocal measures from Russia, which denies the allegations.
The UK National Health Service (NHS) reported that a man aged 60 and affected by a nerve agent remains in critical, but stable condition and that a woman of 30 is stable. The NHS doesn’t give names, but admits that it is referring to those affected during the “incident in Salisbury,” when Skripal and his daughter were poisoned. It also adds that the man is currently in intensive care.
No info on Yulia Skripal’s condition, who reportedly had been regaining her health, was given. Earlier, the BBC reported that Yulia is conscious and able to speak, while Sky News reported that she can digest food on her own. Some people have expressed skepticism as to whether she was poisoned at all, noting that she logged in on her VK social network account 3 days after the alleged poisoning, when she was reportedly in a coma.
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The former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, 66-years-old, and his daughter Yulia Skripal, 33-years-old, were found in critical condition on a bench near a shopping mall in Salisbury. British experts concluded that both were affected by a nerve agent, but didn’t specify. UK Prime Minister Theresa May went on to accuse Russia of performing an assassination attempt, despite the fact that the official investigation is still ongoing and hasn’t named any suspects.
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Moscow denied London’s allegations and demanded access to its citizens in hospital, as well as to the investigation materials that led UK officials to believe Moscow was behind the incident. London has refused to give such access and expelled 23 Russian diplomats, prompting more than 20 other countries to do the same.