Police officer poisoned by Salisbury on way to recovery

Police officer poisoned by Salisbury on way to recovery

The police officer who was poisoned by novichok as he responded to the attack on a former Russian spy in Salisbury has told of his rollercoaster physical and mental recovery. Nick Bailey ran the Salisbury Marathon on Sunday in the city he was poisoned in, to raise money for the intensive care unit at the hospital where staff saved his life. DS Bailey was poisoned by the nerve agent which was used to attack Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, at the former spy's home in the Wiltshire city in March last year. He had been wearing a hazmat suit,…
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Salisbury Novichok poisoning : US imposes new sanctions on Russia

Salisbury Novichok poisoning : US imposes new sanctions on Russia

The Trump administration has imposed economic sanctions on Russia in response to an alleged assassination attempt on a former Russian double agent in Salisbury in the UK, as Congress pressures his administration to take a harsher stance towards Moscow, FT Reports.  The US Treasury said American banks would be prohibited from “participating in the primary market for non-rouble denominated bonds” issued by Russia and also from “lending non-rouble denominated funds to the Russian sovereign”. Treasury added that the US would continue to oppose multilateral development assistance to Russia. Russia's foreign ministry said it regretted the latest US move, Russia's Ria news agency reports…
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The British government never asked to investigate Salisbury attack suspects

The British government never asked to investigate Salisbury attack suspects

Russia's ambassador to the UK claims the British government never asked to interview the Salisbury attack suspects - and that a request would have been considered. Alexander Yakovenko, who spoke to Sky News days after meeting novichok victim Charlie Rowley, also revealed he wants his country to do a trade deal with Britain when the UK leaves the EU. The report adds that when asked to respond to the fact two Russian GRU agents were in Salisbury at the exact time of the nerve agent attack, Mr Yakovenko said that it is "the story of the British press and also the…
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Stricter UK rules for golden visas

Stricter UK rules for golden visas

Britain is introducing stricter rules on so-called golden visas as part of a crackdown spurred by the Skripal nerve agent attack last year in Salisbury. The Financial Times reported that in an attempted crackdown on money-laundering, new Home Office rules that take effect in April will require visa applicants to prove they have had control of more than £2m for at least two years, rather than 90 days. Home Office officials also said the department was still looking into the idea of wealth audits, but they would not be included in the April rule changes. The investments will also need…
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A Year On From The Skripal Poisonings

A Year On From The Skripal Poisonings

The HuffPost UK takes a look at Salisbury a year after former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found slumped on a bench. A town that which is almost back on it feet after being rocked by relentless attention, and some panic, brought on by the Novichok poisonings of the Skripals on March 4. Two Russian GRU officers, Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov, have been identified as suspects. The advice from Public Health England remains the same – “if you didn’t drop it, then don’t pick it up”. The HuffPost reports that some 250 detectives have worked…
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Russian flag draped Salisbury Cathedral

Russian flag draped Salisbury Cathedral

A huge Russian flag has appeared draped over the north front of Salisbury Cathedral, causing outrage in the city. The massive tricolour was hung high on scaffolding at the building in the early hours of Sunday morning. The stunt follows almost a year after the novichok poisonings of the former Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, which caused the city to go into lockdown. A woman in nearby Amesbury who was also exposed to the lethal nerve agent later died. "This was a remarkably stupid thing to do and makes light the huge personal tragedies involved, and the damage done to the city by the unprecedented nerve…
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Third Russian linked with Salisbury poisonings seen in UK and Catalonia before divisive referendums

Third Russian linked with Salisbury poisonings seen in UK and Catalonia before divisive referendums

New details have emerged about a third Russian linked to the 2018 Salisbury poisonings by the investigative website Bellingcat. According to travel records revealed yesterday by Bellingcat and seen by CNN, the same man appears to have flown in and out of the UK and Catalonia multiple times in the run up to their referendums. Bellingcat claims that a man traveling under the alias Sergey Vyacheslavovich Fedotov—a name they claim was assigned to him by Russia's GRU military intelligence unit—flew into Britain from Moscow on March 2, 2018. Bellingcat says he travelled the same day as two other agents, whose real names…
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Denis Sergeev, high ranking Russian military intelligence officer identified as third suspect in Salisbury poisoning

Denis Sergeev, high ranking Russian military intelligence officer identified as third suspect in Salisbury poisoning

A third suspect linked to the Salisbury poisoning has been named by an investigative website as Denis Sergeev, a high-ranking Russian military intelligence officer. Bellingcat said Mr Sergeev, 45, is a senior member of Russia's GRU agency who uses the alias Sergey Fedatov. The alias Fedatov has been identified previously by Bellingcat, which also exposed the true identifies of the other two Russian intelligence officers who are suspected by Britain of the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal, a Russian double agent, and his daughter last March. Their names are Colonel Alexander Mishkin and Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga. Both men deny any involvement…
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Skripals’ Investigation – Russia reported to have hacked British Visa system

Skripals’ Investigation – Russia reported to have hacked British Visa system

Russia may have hacked the British visa system to gain documents for the agents who attempted to assassinate the Skripals, an investigation has claimed. The Telegraph reports that the probe suggests that Russian intelligence infiltrated the computer infrastructure of a company - TLSContact - that processes British visa applications. The investigation, published Friday by investigative group Bellingcat and Russian website The Insider, aims to show how the two Russian military intelligence agents who have been charged with the Salisbury poisoning may have obtained British visas.
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EU unveils framework to allow sanctions against use of chemical weapons

The European Union on Monday unveiled a legal framework to allow sanctions against the use of chemical weapons. The new framework could see restrictions placed on Russia over the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal. Potential sanctions could involve travel bans and asset freezes. The framework gives the EU the power to place restrictive measures on people or entities identified as being involved in the development or deployment of chemical weapons, regardless of their location or nationality, EU foreign ministers said in a press release. It is important "to make clear that something like this can't be left unpunished," said…
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A third Russian suspecting Salisbury nerve agent attack named

A suspected third member of the Kremlin hit squad behind the Salisbury nerve agent attack has been named, according to a respected Russian news website. Sergey Fedotov, 45, travelled to the UK on the same day as the two assassins already charged by British authorities - and boarded the same flight home. The Telegraph
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Second suspect in Salisbury case named as Alexander Mishkin

The name of the second suspect in the Salisbury case is actually Alexander Mishkin, the BBC understands. The Bellingcat investigative website says the man who travelled under the alias Alexander Petrov is in reality a military doctor working for Russian intelligence, the GRU. Last month, Bellingcat named the first suspect as Anatoliy Chepiga, a claim rejected by Russia. More details about how it uncovered the identity will be released on Tuesday. Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in March. BBC
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Putin calls poisoned former Russian double agent Skripal a scumbag and traitor

Vladimir Putin has called the former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal a “scumbag” and a “traitor”, as he angrily denied allegations that the Kremlin ordered his poisoning with a nerve agent. Speaking at an energy forum in Moscow, the Russian president accused the west of portraying Skripal, who was poisoned with novichok in Salisbury, as an innocent victim. “I see that some of your colleagues are pushing the theory that Mr Skripal was almost some kind of human rights activist,” Putin said following a question from a moderator. “He was simply a spy. A traitor to the motherland. There is such…
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Thursday Morning Briefing

Thursday Morning Briefing

Good morning, Our morning briefing brings you the latest and most important news which happened in the past news cycle, based on the review of major news outlets, agencies and also a Maltese newspaper frontpage review, so you can start your day informed. Wishing you a good day.   The Latest U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he wanted a two-state solution to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the clearest expression yet of his administration’s support for such an outcome. Reuters Jeremy Corbyn closed the Labour conference on Wednesday with a plea to his party to end its bitter internal divisions…
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Person wanted for Salisbury poisoning is a decorated Russian military intelligence colonel – The Telegraph

Person wanted for Salisbury poisoning is a decorated Russian military intelligence colonel – The Telegraph

One of the trained assassins wanted for poisoning Sergei Skripal is a decorated colonel in Russian military intelligence given the country’s highest award by Vladimir Putin. The real identity of one of the wanted men in the nerve agent attack - named by counter-terrorism police as Ruslan Boshirov - can be disclosed as Colonel Anatoliy Vladimirovich Chepiga. The 39-year-old, who has served in wars in Chechnya and Ukraine, was made a Hero of the Russian Federation by decree of the President in 2014 in a ceremony shrouded in secrecy. The disclosure, uncovered by investigative journalist organisation Bellingcat in conjunction with The Telegraph, exposes as lies Mr Putin’s claims that…
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Kremlin reiterates there’s no link between two charged with Salisbury poisoning and President Putin

The two suspects in the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal have nothing to do with Russian President Vladimir Putin or the government, a Kremlin spokesman was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying on Sunday. Britain has charged two Russian men, identified as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, with attempting to murder Skripal and his daughter Yulia by spraying a chemical weapon on Skripal’s front door in the southern English city of Salisbury in March. “The fact is that neither Petrov nor Boshirov have nothing to do with Putin, and the Kremlin of course,” Dmitry Peskov was quoted…
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Monday Morning Briefing

Monday Morning Briefing

Good morning, Malta's newspapers present a number of issues, with The Times  carrying the position of the Malta Employers' Association Director General on the way the property market is causing wage inflation, thus creating further staff shortages. In the latest news from the world, we read about new measures taken by British police in view of a possible nerve agent poisoning after two people fell ill in the same area in Salisbury. Your detailed morning briefing  also brings you a review of the front pages of Malta’s News papers. Just in case you missed anything, our headline digest keeps you…
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Two people, reportedly Russians, taken ill not far from where Skripals were poisoned

Update: Wiltshire Police said the pair have been assessed at Salisbury District Hospital following concerns they had been "exposed to an unknown substance". "We can now confirm that there is nothing to suggest that novichok is the substance," a police spokeswoman said. SkyNews Earlier: Police have cordoned off part of Salisbury after a man and a woman - reportedly two Russians - were taken ill not far from the restaurant where Sergei and Yulia Skripal fell unwell after being poisoned with novichok. Wiltshire police said that as a precaution, the Prezzo restaurant and surrounding roads were cordoned off. Amanda Worne…
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Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, who are wanted for the Skripal novichok attack, are linked to Russian defence ministry – Documents

Documents uncovered by investigative journalists have provided the first public evidence that the suspects in the Salisbury novichok attack have formal ties to the Russian ministry of defence. British authorities have charged Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov with conspiracy to murder Sergei and Yulia Skripal and Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey. The former Russian spy and his daughter were found collapsed on 4 March; the police officer fell ill after trying to help them. Prosecutors say Petrov and Boshirov work for Russian military intelligence, which President Vladimir Putin has denied. But a passport information dossier for one of the two suspects bears a…
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Diplomatique Expert Recommends…

Diplomatique Expert Recommends…

Mueller's investigation on Russia, which involves the significant 'missing link' Joseph Mifsud;  are all protestors in Chemnitz Nazis; what's the difference between the hurricane and typhoon which hit Philippines and the states; what are the economic and sport dimensions of hiring Cristiano Ronaldo; how best to fight for the truth in the wake of the latest developments on the case of Salisbury. Diplomatique.Expert recommends the following reads for more insight.     The Guardian:  Trump and 'collusion': what we know so far about Mueller's Russia investigation The former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had entered into a cooperation agreement with prosecutors requiring…
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Theresa May accuses Moscow of ‘insulting public’s intelligence’

Theresa May accuses Moscow of ‘insulting public’s intelligence’

Theresa May has accused Moscow of "insulting the public's intelligence" after the two Russian agents suspected carrying out of the Salisbury poisonings claimed they were merely tourists. In an extraordinary interview with state-funded news channel RT, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov said they made a weekend visit to Britain to see Salisbury cathedral and were victims of a "fantastical coincidence". The two men broke cover a day after after Vladimir Putin insisted they were "civilians" and told them to tell their story, a move that one senior government source said put the Russian president “directly in the frame”. Downing Street dismissed their account as…
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Two accused with poisoning of Sergei Skripal deny any involvement in attack

Two accused with poisoning of Sergei Skripal deny any involvement in attack

The two Russians accused by the UK of poisoning former spy Sergei Skripal with a nerve agent in Salisbury took to state television on Thursday to deny any involvement in the attack. Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov told RT, they and had nothing to do with the poisoning. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=719fskwKCwo&feature=youtu.be The extraordinary public defence suggested a possible change of tack after Russia spent months publicly ridiculing the UK’s accusations. Boshirov and  Petrov said that their lives had “been turned upside down” since UK prime minister Theresa May released CCTV footage of them visiting Salisbury at the time of the poisoning in…
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Russia’s military intelligence service eyed British power networks before Salisbury

Russia’s military intelligence service eyed British power networks before Salisbury

The Russian military intelligence service which despatched two agents to launch a chemical attack in Salisbury has already targeted vital infrastructure in the UK, Government sources have revealed. Moscow’s GRU spy network has carried out a series of attacks on the UK’s energy networks, telecommunication systems and media organisations as part of the Kremlin’s secret cyber war. Last year, Ciaran Martin, boss of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), revealed that since his organisation was set up in October 2016 it had seen Russia repeatedly target vital British infrastructure as part of its attempts to “undermine the international system”. Staff at NCSC, part…
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Sunday Morning Briefing

Sunday Morning Briefing

Good morning, The news of the possible death of 'ambassador' and Professor Joseph Mifsud makes it Maltese and International headlines in view of the alleged links between Trump's campaign office and the Kremlin. Your Sunday's morning briefing includes a review of the main stories one finds on the front pages of Malta's papers, the latest headlines and a reminder of the salient news of what was reported in the past 24 hours, to make sure you start your day informed. Professor Joe Mifsud the link between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the Kremlin’ is ‘missing and may be dead’ –…
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Russians involved in Salisbury’s journey in Geneva key to investigations

Russians involved in Salisbury’s journey in Geneva key to investigations

Intelligence agencies are investigating a series of trips by two Russian hitmen to Geneva prior to carrying out the nerve agent attack on Salisbury. Flight ticket details obtained by the Telegraph show Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov made at least six separate trips to the Swiss city in the run up to the assassination attempt on Sergei Skripal. Records show they booked nine separate flights to and from Geneva between November 2017 and February this year. Whitehall sources said establishing who they met in Geneva was now “absolutely key to the ongoing investigation”. The tickets suggest they visited Geneva, the hub of international…
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Breaking News: USA, France, Germany and Canada agree with UK that Russian government “almost certainly” approved Novichok poisoning in Salisbury

Breaking News: USA, France, Germany and Canada agree with UK that Russian government “almost certainly” approved Novichok poisoning in Salisbury

The US, France, Germany and Canada have agreed with the UK that the Russian government "almost certainly" approved the Novichok poisoning in Salisbury. They have urged Russia to provide full disclosure of its Novichok programme. The joint statement comes as the leaders meet at the United Nations to discuss the attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March and its fallout. Russia has continued to deny any involvement. BBC
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UK and Russia to face each other at UN Security Council after Salisbury’s case revelations done yesterday

UK and Russia to face each other at UN Security Council after Salisbury’s case revelations done yesterday

UK officials will face their Russian counterparts later as they brief the UN Security Council on two men suspected of the Salisbury nerve agent attack. Prosecutors say there is evidence to charge the pair, who the PM said are thought to be officers from Russia's military intelligence service the GRU. Russia denies involvement. BBC In the six months since the Skripals fell ill, 250 detectives from the Metropolitan Police’s counter-terror network have been working with the UK’s security and intelligence agencies, trawling through 11,000 hours of CCTV footage and more than 1,400 witness statements, to try to identify who might…
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Thursday Morning Briefing

Thursday Morning Briefing

Good morning, A powerful earthquake hit Japan, the two Koreas agreed for a summit later on this month, while Donald Trump's experience at the White House remains an issue for his staff. This is your morning briefing. The Review The Times leads with a story about nurses' qualifications and issues regards employment of nurses who have received their education outside the EU. In another story, The Times reports that emergency measures are being implemented to deal with the issue of waste in Gozo. The Malta Independent reports that a development application in Nadur was met with objection by residents who have…
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Friday Morning Briefing

Friday Morning Briefing

Good morning, Start your day informed with your morning briefing providing you the highlights of what happened in the last 24 hours Malta, Europe and the World,  in just under 5 minutes.   The Opposition leader Adrian Delia has presented an application before the Constitutional Court seeking a complete copy of the Egrant inquiry report. >> The story is also the leading item on the front page of The Malta Independent.   The family of slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia is calling for a full public inquiry into her murder and is prepared to go to court on the matter. >> The matter is…
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Police identify suspected perpetrators of nerve agent Novichok attack

Police identify suspected perpetrators of nerve agent Novichok attack

Police believe they have identified the suspected perpetrators of the novichok attack on former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, the Press Association has reported. The 66-year-old and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia were attacked with the deadly nerve agent at their home in Salisbury, Wiltshire. The pair were taken to hospital after shoppers found them collapsed on a bench at The Maltings shopping centre on 4 March. Both survived the attack and were discharged from Salisbury District Hospital after extensive treatment. Officers believe several Russians were involved in the attempted murder and say they are looking for more than one suspect. "Investigators…
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Breaking News: British woman dies after being exposed to nerve agent Novichok

Breaking News: British woman dies after being exposed to nerve agent Novichok

Euronews: A British woman has died after being exposed to the nerve agent Novichok in western England, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement on Sunday. The victim was named as Dawn Sturgess, aged 44. Police had been working to discover how she and a 45-year-old man had come across an item contaminated with Novichok, the same toxin used in an attack on Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter four months ago.
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Insight : What is the nerve agent Novichok?

Insight : What is the nerve agent Novichok?

The Week: Novichok is a series of highly toxic nerve agents, each with a different potency, first developed in the former Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s, Reuters reports. The specific circumstances of their creation remains shrouded in secrecy. The name novichok means “newcomer” in Russian, in a nod to the fact that it heralded a major breakthrough in the power of such chemical weapons. Novichok agents bear a “slightly different chemical composition than the more commonly known VX and sarin poison gases”, the news site says, but are believed to be five to ten times more lethal. The lethal nerve agents are believed…
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New nerve agents victims possibly not the target of any new attack but consequence of previous

New nerve agents victims possibly not the target of any new attack but consequence of previous

Times of Israel / BBC / AP  British officials investigating a second case of poisoning with the nerve agent Novichok in southwestern England say they suspect the victims were not directly targeted but sickened as a consequence of the previous attack. “The working assumption would be that these are victims of either the consequence of the previous attack, or something else, but not that they were directly targeted,” security minister Ben Wallace tells the BBC. “I think what we said at the time was that this was a brazen and reckless attack in the heart of a very peaceful part of…
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Thursday Morning Briefing

Thursday Morning Briefing

Good morning, Our Morning Briefing for today follows: Malta: Foreign Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela yesterday conceded that the Europe Union still had a lot of work to do when it came to implementing its own migration policy with member states. (Malta Independent) Malta: A Dutch expert, a member of the Netherlands Forensic Institute who flew to Malta the day after the car bombing that killed journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, told the Court yesterday that the victim’s body was found to be missing its right leg and foot. (Malta Independent) The couple taken critically ill in Salisbury over the weekend were last night confirmed as being fresh…
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Breaking News: Couple taken ill in Salisbury are victims of an attack of the same nerve agent used against Skripals

Breaking News: Couple taken ill in Salisbury are victims of an attack of the same nerve agent used against Skripals

The Telegraph: The couple taken critically ill in Salisbury over the weekend were tonight confirmed as being fresh victims of the novichok attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. A major incident was declared in the city on Wednesday with several locations sealed off after Charles Rowley, 45, and his girlfriend, Dawn Sturgess, 44, became unwell with similar symptoms to the Skripals. Authorities confirmed the substance they were exposed to was the nerve agent used in the attack against the Skripals in March. Read more here.
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Two collapse in Wiltshire – declared as major incident – another Salisbury?

Two collapse in Wiltshire – declared as major incident – another Salisbury?

Updated  British counterterrorism police were investigating Wednesday after two people were left in critical condition, exposed to an unknown substance a few miles from where a former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned with a nerve agent. The Wiltshire Police force declared a “major incident” after a man and a woman in their 40s were hospitalized after being found unconscious Saturday at a residential building in Amesbury, eight miles (13 kilometers) from Salisbury, where Sergei and Yulia Skripal were poisoned on March 4. - AP    Euronews: Wiltshire Police have declared a major incident after it was suspected that two people…
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Salisbury hospital staff reveal their concerns as the Salisbury’s drama unfolded

The Hospital staff who saved the lives of poisoned Russians Sergei and Yulia Skripal, revealed to the BBC, the concerns they had when it emerged they were dealing with victims of a nerve agent attack. The hospital staff wasn't aware from the beginning, what they were treating them for, when the Skripals were admitted at Salisbury District Hospital. NHS staff  said they initially suspected the victims were suffering an opioid overdose but quickly realised they were dealing with a nerve agent. Nursing director Lorna Wilkinson said a key moment came when policeman Nick Bailey was admitted with similar symptoms. "There was a real concern as…
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Yulia Skripal speaks for the first time after Salisbury poisoning

Yulia Skripal, who survived an assassination attempt that UK authorities blame on Russia spoke for the first time following her release from hospital. In an exclusive interview with Reuters, Skripal said that in the longer terms show wants to return to her country, despite the poisoning. Yulia and her father Sergei Skripal, a former colonel in Russian military intelligence who betrayed dozens of agents to Britain’s MI6 foreign spy service, were found unconscious on a public bench in the British city of Salisbury on March 4. Yulia Skripal, 33, was in a coma for 20 days. “I woke to the…
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Salisbury poisoned agent leaves hospital

Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, whose poisoning with a nerve agent in the UK triggered a diplomatic crisis with Russia, has been discharged from a British hospital. The 66-year-old, a former colonel in Russia's military intelligence, and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a bench in the southern English city of Salisbury on March 4. Accusations by Britain that Moscow was behind the nerve agent attack led to a Russia-West crisis in which Western governments, including the United States, expelled more than 100 Russian diplomats. UN experts confirmed in April that a high-purity nerve agent was used but did not specify whether it was Novichok, a nerve agent…
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Potential motive for Salisbury poisioning

Attack victim Sergei Skripal gave briefings to European intelligence in the past years, reports say. The former Russian spy who moved to Britain was targeted by a nerve agent and taken to hospital in Salisbury 10 weeks ago. The Guardian reports that Skripal was a regular lecturer in the US and Europe for at least a decade, speaking at universities and military academies and to other groups interested in intelligence. Sources close to Whitehall said the revelation, which could shed light on the motive for the assassination attempt, neither explained nor justified the nerve agent attack. A former senior officer…
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Ofcom investigating RT

The United Kingdom launched an investigation on a series of programmes aired by Russian TV, RT. Ofcom is in fact examining instances where Kremlin-backed news channel potentially breached UK broadcast laws on impartiality. Ofcom said it had monitored RT intensively since the news became public and was now examining a number of instances in which the channel potentially breached broadcast laws on impartiality. RT, is facing seven new investigations after Ofcom said that it had seen a significant rise in potentially problematic material since the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal. It said that not all cases necessarily related to the Salisbury attack. The…
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The latest on UK stance on Syria as reported on SkyNews and Russia Today

Sky News reports that Jeremy Corbyn has demanded MPs be given a vote in Parliament to authorise potential military action in Syria. The Labour leader insisted the House of Commons "should always" be given a say on UK military intervention. Mr Corbyn spoke as the Prime Minister offered her strongest signal yet she could authorise UK force in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack in the Syrian city of Douma. The US and France are also contemplating military action, although Russia - which backs Syrian President Bashar al Assad and has troops in the country - has warned of…
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Russia loses vote at OPCW on Salisbury

Russia has lost a vote at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on it attempt top seek a new joint investigation into Salisbury poisoning, Reuters is reporting. An unnamed diplomatic source told the agency that the vote was lost by 15-6 with 17 OPCW member states abstaining. Russia gained support from China, Azerbaijan, Sudan, Algeria and Iran, Reuters said. Earlier, Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, has accused Jeremy Corbyn of “playing Russia’s game” over Salisbury. He hit back at the Labour leader after Labour accused him of “misleading the public” in what he said about Porton Down being “categorical” about…
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Russia and UK’s future foreign policies post Salisbury

Sergei Scripal’s and his daughter’s poisoning came as a bolt out of the blue, barely a week before Russia’ deadweight presidential election. Russia has been adopting an emboldened projection of its power over the past years, however this was particularly brazen. The UK’s and the international community’s reaction was unprecedented to all intents and purposes and has been a resounding coup for the UK. Russia’s approach to external relations is mirrored in its emboldened approach as the period of internal crisis of the early 1990s has been surpassed. From the decisive war against Georgia in 2008 to the annexation of…
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Malta recalls its ambassador to Russia

Malta recalls its ambassador to Russia

In the context of the Salisbury attack, the Government of Malta stands in full solidarity with the United Kingdom in the face of this serious challenge to our common security. The Government of Malta condemns the attack in Salisbury in the strongest possible terms, and agrees with the United Kingdom government’s assessment that it is highly likely that the Russian Federation is responsible. The Government of Malta has therefore decided to recall Malta’s Ambassador to Russia, Carmel Brincat, from Moscow for political consultations. Press Release issued by the Government of Malta.
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